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DIY Studio Desk/Keyboard Workstation under $100
Old 11th May 2012
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Thats whats up man, great design we are waiting for the plans to flow your steps...
Old 25th May 2012
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Lowered the top desk surface

After cranking my neck for a while I decided that the top surface should be lowered a bit. I took it down to just above the rack mount boxes. It was only lowered a few inches but it made a big difference in the feel and height of the displays.

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Old 25th May 2012
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DIY Recording Studio Desk Dimensions

There have been a lot of requests for the plans to build this desk. I finally got them finished in a somewhat intelligible manner. The attachments are snap shots taken from a Google Sketchup file that I used to model the desk with.
If you see anything that needs clarifying of fixing with the plans or have any questions, post them here and I'll try my best to address and adjust them accordingly. Sorry it took me so long to get them done but alas here they are.

If you do build this desk, please post the progress here so we can see how the build evolves for you... and learn from your improvements.

If you'd like to show your appreciation for the gazillion hours I put into this, I'd really appreciate it if you'd do one or all of the following:

1. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
2. "Like" my facebook music page here: Shane Steel | Facebook
3. Listen to my music here (download and buy if you like it!): https://play.google.com/store/music/...W251bGwsMSwyXQ..

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and here is a little walk around animation: Shane Steel - Recording Studio Desk/ Keyboard Workstation - Dimensions - YouTube

NOTE: If you'd like a more indepth view of the desk I suggest that you download the .skp file for the desk dimensions and open up the project in Google Sketchup. You can get a free version of Google Sketchup online and it is fairly easy to learn the basic functions of viewing. Go search for a YouTube tutorial on how to use the Orbit, Pan, and Zoom tools and you'll be able to see and comprehend the model much better.

Here is the Sketchup File:Recording Studio Desk: Keyboard Workstation - Dimensions.skp
Old 25th May 2012
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Great job and the detail of the plans is exceptional.
Old 29th May 2013
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So, I may be a little late to the party (by what looks like a year) BUT! I love this desk design and have taken it upon myself to replicate it.

Here's what I have so far:
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Old 1st June 2013
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high im attempting to build this awesome desk, but im not the best carpenter what angle are you using for the 28 7/8 piece of wood? it would help me out alot thanks
Old 5th June 2013
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I had to mess with the angle a lot (luckily I bought extra 2x6). The angle I settled with escapes me now however, sorry.

Basically what I did was mount the foot, back leg, and upper arm in place, then cut the angled arm at a fairly shallow angle. After that I laid it down onto the foot, measured up to the right height (I think it was 281/2" or something like that) and cut the other angle.

It was a bit guess and check until it felt right! Sorry I couldn't help more, I'm not much of a craftsman
Old 5th June 2013
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If you (1) measure from the edge of the board to the top tip, (2) measure from the edge of the board to the bottom tip, and (3) measure the actual width of the board, that will determine the angle without having to measure the angle.
Old 4th September 2013
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This looks excellent! What's the price so far?
Old 17th April 2014
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Hey Tim, did you finish your build? Pictures?
Old 7th October 2014
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Thanks!!

Shane Steel I know that it's a very old post but I want to say thanks you because you have inspired me to build a desk. I have made a similar one using 1x4" pine wood for the structure and MDF for the desktop and the table top. I have removed the rack boxes due to i will not use them and I replaced the plexy by 18mm MDF.
Attached you can find two pictures. If somebody need more I can upload others.
Hope you like it!
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Old 7th November 2014
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Taking a stand

Old 7th December 2014
  #73
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EzequielM View Post
Shane Steel I know that it's a very old post but I want to say thanks you because you have inspired me to build a desk. I have made a similar one using 1x4" pine wood for the structure and MDF for the desktop and the table top. I have removed the rack boxes due to i will not use them and I replaced the plexy by 18mm MDF.
Attached you can find two pictures. If somebody need more I can upload others.
Hope you like it!
great job! please put up some more! do you have a construction plan like the other one?
Old 26th January 2015
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Clarification

For those of you that have made this desk, what is the clearance on the sliding drawer? Just wondering how thick my keyboard can be, I have an Alesis QS8. Great plans though, Shane Steel!
Old 29th January 2015
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great job! please put up some more! do you have a construction plan like the other one?
Sorry but I didn't make construction drawings. I have only made an SketchUp file.

Attached you can find it in a zip file.

My recommendation is to make the top shelf maybe 5 cm lower to get a better position of your studio monitors.

I hope it will helpful for you.
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Old 29th March 2015
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Heavy Duty Soft Close drawer Slides - 1 set = $29.23
If you care to list the source for the slides, it would be much appreciated. thanks

Bob
Old 19th April 2016
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Time to revive this thread!

Not sure how many other plans there are out there, but this one is solid. I just finished mine the other day. Still have yet to build the boxes (don't have any rackmount equipment yet, so not in a rush), and as a result, I have been waiting to fasten the top shelf until I'm sure I leave enough clearance for the 3U rackmount.

Can anyone, especially the OP, tell me how much clearance, diagonally, I need to leave for the rackmount boxes?

I just don't want to fasten the top shelf too far forward and have the boxes not fit.

Anyways, here's a couple of notes, in case anyone else wants to try this. I've never done a project like this before, so some of this might be common sense for someone with experience.

-I used 2X wood for everything like the OP (spray painted flat black). If you're using a weighted keyboard, it's probably a good idea, you'll need the strength, as the weight is distributed somewhat forward of center mass. I have an Alesis QS8 btw.

-I pretty much did everything the way it was laid out in the plans. Wasn't hard at all. And like someone else said, you can measure and figure out the correct angle for the front supports. One thing I'd recommend though is that you use a chop saw and cut both at the same time so that that angles are exactly the same. I think getting the angle the same from side to side is more important than getting the correct angle according to the drawing. My front legs were slightly different, so things aren't exactly symmetrical.

-I used 3/4" oak plywood for the two desk surfaces, then stained and covered it with epoxy resin, which put me over 100 bucks, but who cares, it looks nice.

-Someone asked about slides. I used the 16" version of these:
Viborg Soft Close Drawer Slides (they're rated at 100 lbs)
Viborg Top Quality Smooth&quiet Extra-thick Three Sections Hydraulic Soft Close Ball Bearing Drawer Slide Slides, 100 Pound Capacity (14 Inch = 35 Cm) - - Amazon.com
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Old 20th April 2016
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nice!
Old 4th September 2016
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Hi all!

Saw this thread. Thank you, Shane... and all who have contributed to this thread. It has inspired me to build the same.

I shortened the length to 58" instead of 60", just for the space in the family room. The angle I used to miter the angled pieces of the frame is 25 deg.

Gonna post pics as it progresses.
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Old 5th September 2016
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Progress pics
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Old 8th September 2016
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Got a 1/2 inch plexiglass. Created a back beam with rabbet or dado to support the plexi. So I actually added an additional structure to the original design. See the last two pics.

Ordered strip LED for a edge lit effect. Used a dremel tool to etch. Gonna etch more designs.

Friends who are musically inclined who come over to jam are welcome to sign on the plexi using a dry-erase or sharpie. Their signatures will be etched and should have the same edge-lit effect.

Top board/shelf is also plexi. Haven't removed the film yet. Gonna run LED strip lights from the main table in series.
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Old 21st October 2016
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Wow.. I like the RGB LED idea with the plexi.. I think I'll have a go at building a version. Going to go with these locking slides though - Don't want my keyboard to move when I get into it. BTW, on the subject of slides, if you play any harder than pianissimo, 100 lb. slides might wear out on you early. I know when I'm going for effect I really hit it, so I'm going for something a little sturdier - those locking slides can handle 500 lb. static load, so I imagine they'll take anything I can throw at them.

I like what I have right now, one of the better folding 'X' stands, but the feet get in the way of my MIDI pedal (the large FCB1010). I built a small board to lift it over them, but its not ideal. I think I'll try a 'T' foot, with the rest similar to the above designs.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Bad ass. I made one this weekend. Thanks for the plans. Made it really easy to make
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