Making the main desk was easy! It genuinely was. It was basically just a larger version of the storage space I’d already built. It did, however, take me over a month to put together because of the amount of work involved.
The process really was quite similar to building the storage space. I already had the felt applied, so I didn’t have to worry about that. I had to drill another 40 holes, so to align those I had to start with drawing another whole bunch of help and guide lines. Then I had to put a carrying pin in each of the holes. When that was done, I pre-placed the metal bottom-panel corner brackets so I could draw through their holes to give myself clear indicators of where I needed to pre-drill the holes for their screws. I screwed all the holes and attached all the metal brackets.
With all four side panels finished, I was able to hook up the bottom panels to the metal brackets on the side panels. That’s where it started to look like a half-finished desk.
The top panel was going to be a bit more difficult since that was going to be attached with wood dowels. With three dowels per vertical panel and four panels, that’s 12 wood dowel holes that had to be drilled into the panels, and another 12 matching dowel holes for 24 holes total. And they had to match up on both sides. It was never going to happen for a newbie like me.
I ended up foregoing the middle dowels to make things easier on myself, leaving me with 16 holes total instead of 24, which helped a little bit. I thought I did pretty well placing my dowels.
One of the dowels was, because of a measuring mistake, in a completely wrong place (well, that was awfully familiar), so I moved that over 5cm on both the vertical panel and the large top panel, and with a bit of pushing things around I was able to wrestle the top panel into place. That’s where it really looked like a desk!
Note that I also added additional steel corner brackets on the “inside” of the main desk to carry another plank for some small storage in the middle. I used a white primer to paint these white so that they wouldn’t stand out too much. Note that what you’re seeing here is actually the “back” of the desk. I did this because I wouldn’t have room to turn this thing around and I had to do a lot of work on the back. This started with putting on the pre-laminated hardboard. The white laminated side goes in the inside, what you’re seeing here is the back of the hardboard. I used cheap masking tape and spare panels to keep things in place.
For my next trick I bought a bunch of radiator foil. You usually apply this stuff on the wall behind radiators so that it reflects heat off the wall and back into the room to help alleviate that radiators, as their names apply, radiate heat in all direction. In this case I’m actually using it wrongly, but I’m using it wrongly on purpose. I used a mix of caulking and glue to attach it to the back of the main desk because the it is right in front of the radiator, and I wanted to minimize the amount of heat that would get transferred into the desk, because materials get stored there.
Note the masking tape? It’s what I sued to help me put pressure on the foil to help push it onto the hardboard panels, since I only have two hands.
When everything was firmly attached, I was able to crawl back underneath the desk and push the entire thing to its final spot, and… holy crap! I built a desk!
Oh, that middle panel? Turns out that the dimensions of the desk changed sufficiently that the panel I had didn’t fit anymore. But I eventually managed to get a replacement, which really finished the desk. I was so incredibly happy at this point. It REALLY started to look like a proper hobby room at this point!
This put me 80% of the way towards where I wanted the hobby room to be. I still had the leftmost raised platform to do, which was everything I’d planned and drawn out. But I had additional ideas that I knew would make the room even better.