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    Office furniture

    I have wanted to redo my office since we moved in this house. The furniture I have does not match the house or each other. We built an Arts and Crafts style house and I have wanted that style in my Office but have never been able to come up with an idea.

    While in Houston this last week my sister picked up a magazine for me that had lots of modern designed furniture in it. It inspired me and tonight I sat down and started sketching. To my surprise I came up with something I liked very quickly. The second version of the computer desk may just be winner!

    The table is not original to me. One of the designs in the magazine is a dinning table and I just kept looking at saying that could be a desk really easy. Just scale it down some and add a shallow center drawer to it. My proportions and curves are off but I know what I want there.

    The desk is for the computer. The CPU would be in one side and the printer would be in the other behind the doors. I would probably put a drawer in each one behind the door? I think this one is worth pursuing in SketchUp.

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    Jeff, looks great as a sketch, will you do away with the shelving for a place for your knees to go while seated?
    -Ned

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    Not following you Ned? There is no shelving under the desktop. Well there will be keyboard shelf. There is a shelf over the monitors, maybe that is what your seeing as desktop? I drew it so it makes sense to me.

    Looking at it this morning and I still like it. (I usually change my mind) I am not a big fan of dark and light woods but I am think that this just might look good with walnut and something lighter like birch maybe.

    Also just saw some Asian looking H shaped hinges that would look great on the doors. A&C style was often influenced by the Asian style.

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    Well I played around with this and had some more thoughts on it. Refined the idea and REALLY like the look of this. I will probably tweak it some more before I decide if I am going to build this. But I do like the look A LOT!!

    I didn't get any response off my sketches. Maybe this will be easier to see what I had in mind.


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    Now to work on the desk.
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    I like the style. Will there be drawers or a keyboard tray? Might be a bit high to have the keyboard on top, though my wife uses it that way.
    Darren

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    Jeff,
    now I see it! I didn't see the knee space in the paper sketch. Still looks great though!
    -Ned

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    Hi Jeff.

    I know that you like woodworking talk and that you are quite a straitght forward guy so here are my thoughts.

    I love your idea, but I think that you should work more on it because I see that a great design will come out of it.

    On your original design you were taking advantage of all the surface of the table top, but being the sides closed the whole piece looks too big or massive, almost like an "armoire", so I would go for open sides as in #2 but with the shelves legs running parallel to the desk sides.

    On the last one the fact that the legs of the shelf are resting on the top and offset from the sides are taking a lot of useful surface space that you will need eventually. Besides most of us would have a tendency to put things on the outer sides that eventually may fall off.

    I would even retreat the front legs of the shelves placing them almost centered on the sides. Then you could use your sketched idea of the sides with curved legs prolongating the back and third one, or the two back ones up to make the shelves legs.

    I believe that is this way the piece would look more like a "whole" instead of one piece put on top of the other.

    I do not know if I'm conveying properly my thoughts, but I'm really excited about your project and I look forward to see its evolution.

    I think that computer aided design is good but using it at early stages of the design makes things look "too finished" and hence preventing us to explore further, do not let that happen to your design, besides your hand sketching technique is good and it will be always faster than a PC to put ideas on the paper. Then you can refine them on the PC.

    Well... once more I thing I got carried away sorry for boring you so much.
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    Good input Tony and some valid points. I find the CAD (sketchup) drawings easier for me to see and make changes. I am a very visual person. I can see thing on paper or on the computer screen. But what I find most useful for me about the 3D model is I can spin it and see it from different angles. I find things I might not find till I start building.

    Often I alter my designs as I build. I just can't work from a detailed plan. I like to have my overall dimensions and few important things dimensioned but then I mock up and stand back and look. Mock up another piece and just 'look' at it. If it doesn't 'look' right I change it from what sketched till it does.

    With the 3D model I can do the same thing over several days. I still make some changes when I build it, but I find it very close to what I want so it saves me time building.

    On your original design you were taking advantage of all the surface of the table top, but being the sides closed the whole piece looks too big or massive, almost like an "armoire", so I would go for open sides as in #2 but with the shelves legs running parallel to the desk sides.
    I didn't like the original the more I looked at it. To big and bulky looking. I loved the general idea but not the 'massiveness' of it. I like the oriental influences but that was to much like an Ikea box.

    I also agree there is some wasted space on the desk top. Not a problem for the way I will use this. It will not be my primary desk, just a computer desk. I don't want a lot of space there as I tend to clutter it up. I will have a separate desk that will house most of my 'stuff'.

    So I agree that the design is not quite right. When I was working on this model I was thinking of the Pagodas. That is where I got some of my inspiration. I have a couple of idea for the Shelf I want to try. And making it wider is one of the the things I want to do. Also thinking about extending the middle shelf outward too, so it more like the pagoda roofs.
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    jeff how do you porpze to hang your processr box's looks like they are cantilevering off the sides,, with the weight of the processors in there will that hold? also the ends look to be to plain,, need something to break up the wide feild of the side panels.. some type of center mullinor like you had sketched above the wedged tenon look?
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    Have not thought that far ahead Larry. Just trying to get the look I want, then work out the construction details. Just off top of my head I could build a box behind the door. It could be part of or attached to the side and back. That would add a lot of rigidity.

    I agree the side needs something. Probably do something like the door. I keep looking at that but have been concentrating on the shelves and getting them to look like I want.
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