Festool Owners Group

GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Member Projects => Topic started by: cider on February 20, 2021, 10:31 PM

Title: Desk for home office
Post by: cider on February 20, 2021, 10:31 PM
Since we're spending so much time in the home office lately, I made a desk to replace my wife's piece of melamine supported by two Ikea cabinets.  A pretty simple desk, but a difficult project, because the requirements kept changing on the fly, and I was determined to use up materials on hand.  I set it up this morning, and my wife said "it's perfect."  Mission accomplished.

Oh, the top is sen veneer with ash edge banding, and the lower part is ash veneer with ash edge banding.  Thanks for looking :)

[attachimg=1]

[attachimg=2]

[attachimg=3]
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: Crazyraceguy on February 21, 2021, 08:37 AM
I like the clean minimalist design. That waving front edge looks great, but with no (apparent) continuous element, like a stretcher, I would be concerned about sagging?
The openings look great while they are empty, but in use? Drawers would be more functional and make it possible to conceal things, still maintaining most of the look.
I don't mean to sound critical though, because I really do like the look.
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: cider on February 21, 2021, 09:33 AM
Thanks, @Crazyraceguy; I appreciate comments, including critical ones :)

I really struggled with this one, partly for the reasons you mention.  Drawers would have been my preference too, but she specifically requested an open front/back .  And I agree with you about the potential for sagging.  I have a couple extra legs on hand that I made accomodations for in the back, but she wanted to use it with just the four for now.  It's actually stiffer than it looks--I've sat on the middle several times, so if nothing else, I know it won't fold up under typical use.

In fact, my biggest concern was legroom.  I would never build this kind of desk for myself [big grin].  I don't like anything above my lap.
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: Oldwood on February 21, 2021, 10:27 AM
I like it. I have never worked with sen. (had to google that one) I think the fact that you tied all the cubbys together with a frame will keep it from sagging some. I like clean modern design and this fits the bill.

I also don't like drawers above the knee space, so that would not work for me but as long as the customer is happy it is all good.

Nice job.

Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: cider on February 21, 2021, 12:01 PM
Thanks, @Oldwood.  Yeah, I tried to make the lower portion in a way that would stiffen the top, but I also made it bolt-on, so I can carry the desk upstairs and around some sharp corners by myself.

[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: Coen on February 24, 2021, 07:27 PM
EN 527, the European norm for office furniture, says ergonomic desk is max 55mm thick. Personally, I completely agree with that.

I wonder.. where do you leave your leg with this desk  [huh]
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: cider on February 24, 2021, 09:16 PM
EN 527, the European norm for office furniture, says ergonomic desk is max 55mm thick. Personally, I completely agree with that.

I wonder.. where do you leave your leg with this desk  [huh]

Yep, I'm with you.  Now that she's worked behind it for a few days, I asked her if the lack of leg space is bugging her.  She said she didn't even notice ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: Desk for home office
Post by: JeremyH. on February 28, 2021, 12:37 PM
My knees would be destroyed. But props to her for not going with ugly drawers.