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Design and Build Your Own Desk
Inspired by the minimalist design of his iMac, Jordan Patterson from The Cheap Geek created a custom desk for his office that would hide his power and ethernet cables. He designed the desk in SketchUp and set out to build it with a budget of $150. In order to keep things cheap, he forwent a solid wood desktop and opted to use a $10 wooden door that he found at a surplus building supply warehouse. The sawhorse legs are constructed from pieces of pine glued together and two of the legs are hollow to act as a conduit for the cabling. Jordan finished the surfaces with black wood stain as opposed to paint in order to leave some of the wood texture visible. Check out this video for a tour of the finished product. Nice work, Jordan! [via Lifehacker]


Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. _txf_ says:

    amazing that his blog is called cheap geek when all his hardware is apple based ;)

  2. Rob Noble says:

    SketchUp is one of my favourite tools – I used it to design my home-made desk:

  3. When Apple’s hardware can last you eight years reliably, it is cheap in the long run

  4. Anonymous says:

    Step one: Get a board.

    step two: Put it on 2 filing cabinets

    Step three: Put your ipad on it and tweet about your indie desk hack.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The foyer also is accessible from the oversized two-car garage, which has extra storage space.

    Roll-up Doors

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