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Operation Desk: DIY desk and shelves

I decided to build a desk since the prices of nice desks are astronomical, and since I wanted it to be a custom fit for me. I knew I wanted more desk space, but didn’t want to necessarily build a giant desk, so I opted instead to build two side shelves that could serve as an extension to the desk. This is super convenient if I ever needed to use the desk in a smaller location or if I wanted to position the shelves differently.

Since it’s a style i’m familiar with (and like), I decided to build it using a similar technique to how I built the media cabinets, and the tv stand. The main difference being that I wanted to stain this piece, so would need to have a better solution for the nail/screw holes. I ended up buying a pocket hole jig from lowes, and that solved the issue (almost) perfectly. Since pocket holes aren’t quite as strong, I had to do some additional reinforcement on the desk legs to keep them straight.

I had a few mishaps along the way and not everything lines up perfectly, but overall I’m really happy with how this project came out. Below are some pictures of the project in progress, and completed.

Because no DIY project would be complete without before pictures. ;)


Phase 1: Build it

Phase 2: The finish

Phase 3: Putting it all together

Probably 5 too many pictures, but what the heck.

Gratuitous details

Thanks everybody!

DIY Macbook Pro Laptop Stand

$50 for this? looks nice, but common!

How about making my own?
YES! i can do that…

So here it is. i’ll update this post when i get around to painting it.

Ok, i got around to painting it… kinda gave it an aged look… to match the whole apple experience.
Ok, the last part was a joke.
*Update #2*
Ok, for the ultimate finish, thanks to a donation of two fans and a power adapter by @sr_tirado. Check it out!

“Southport version of Extreme Makeover”

For the last week, we have been renovating Vic & Cindy’s master bedroom in anticipation of Vic’s arrival here.  He lost his job in MN, which is a bad thing, but is a good thing because he gets to move here to be with his family.  We wanted to do this for them, because we appreciate them so much, and to give them a haven to get away from all the “young people.” Since they always take care of themselves last, we knew their room would never get done, unless we did it now.  And it’s a good thing… the room started out bad, and was only getting worse with the addition of miscallaneous things that didn’t belong anywhere else.  Here’s some “before” pictures.


the couch was a new addition to the room… you could say it’s what pushed us over the top…

After we started moving stuff…

room between bathroom and bedroom.


Ok… enough of that… now for the “After” stuff!

first, pictures:

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

And the video “reveal”