I'm a touch OCD when it comes to organization and the wires, perhiperals and bits and bobs lying around the office room at home are finally getting to me.
Add into this the fact that I'm military and things get ripped up and moved across the continent every 2-5 years and I'm just about to loose my mind.
So I need to do something with the desk.
Buying a new one doesn't make sense since it invariably gets banged up in all the moving. It also has to be "moveable" by two guys so a large intergrated solution is out.
The desk I currently use is something we picked up second hand more years ago than I can count. It cost me 20 bucks but it's big and sturdy. Even though it was obviouosly made by a basement handy man, it's held up well and is decently solid 1/2 plywood construction all covered in a laminate:
So the decicion is made to alter it. What can I loose? it only cost 20 bucks after all.....
First iteration was a set of "pass though" plates I picked up at home depot:
Good start. Cleaned up some routing issues with cabling. A couple holes punched in the panels below gets it routed a little better and all up off the floor. No more "bundle of snakes" on the carpet.
Next is what to do with the tower. The wife wanted what is essentially shag carpet in all the bedroom when we built the house, so the floor is definitely not the place for it. A quick fix was to pull out some drawers and make a platform:
Not perfect, but workable for now.
So that's where it sits for the moment.
Plans are evolving for what to do next with it. Building a computer into it isn't really in the plans, so it will stay with a tower for now. Taking the HP tower apart doesn't make much sense either since it's only a core 2 duo E6750. Good enoguh for what I use it for, but if I'm going custom build it will be with new hardware.
Rough plans are to have the monitor retract into the table top. Shiny black finish and a glass top. Some of the perhiperals on the table top will disappear into the desk and well. The area where the tower is housed will be reworked a bit, along with some heat extracting fans.
There's also the possability of adding a second monitor that will also retract.
The drawers will have to stay functional as actual storage drawers, but there's lots of unused space behind them as they don't go all the way to the back of the desk.
Anyone wanna "spitball" some ideas around?