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Old 12-31-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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In Progress: Desk Build into 2006 Tradewinds

Just wanted to show some pics of our desk build in progress by From Trees to These.



Greg is building the desk to my design and also modifying the Tv area to house the computers.

I'll post more pics when it's all finished.

The desk is in the place of the dining room table. The top is Zebrawood veneer. It will have a natural finish. The fronts and side of the drawers will be cherry to match the rest of the coach. It should make a very striking look. My wife and I will be working here while we are living on the road.

In addition to this we are have the big box where the old tube tv used to be converted to house our laptops. They will be behind the flat screen tv that is mounted on a hinge. We will have cooling fans in the box to make sure the heat from the computers is blown out.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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You show me yours I'll show you mine.

Nice work. I know you will be happy with the finish product and the utility you get from it's use.

Here is ours I designed and built.


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Keep the pictures coming, it is great to see these modifications.
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Beautiful work to you both!
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Stained and Installed. Still waiting on the door hardware and some other parts.





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Really nice, so does the table just detach for storage when traveling? What are the clever vertical spaces on each side of the door, is this storage?

I certainly like the lining in the drawers and the computer slide out. Your choice of wood is striking.
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The center table can slide in or detach for travel. It fits in the storage drawer under the couch. We needed it to detach because the walkway to the back of the coach is narrow with all the slides in.

The vertical spaces are for storage. We have a large format printer with large paper and I have a large digital drawing tablet for my work that we will keep there.

I designed the desk and worked with From Trees to These to flush out the details. My wife and I drove all over town to come up with an idea for the top. We wanted something cool looking but lightweight. We settled on a veneer from Sauer woodworking. Providing wood veneer sheets, wood veneers, raw wood veneers, dyed veneers for 40 years! | Wood Veneers, Dyed Veneers, Wood veneer sheets, Edge banding, domestic veneers, hobby packs


Here is a pic of the CAD design

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One thing I did poorly on mine was to plan for outlets and access to things like USB, cable etc.

I appreciate the thread because ever the tinkerer I have been considering taking mine out for a rebuild or modifications. I never considered having the table fit into the sliding drawer under the sofa. We keep our ironing board there so it would mean some adjustments in our storage arrangements.

Mine houses our lap top computer and printer and a drawer for paper and supplies ink etc behind the doors on the far left. The center has two large drawers for kitchen items, and the far right doors hide drawers for folders and work and personal papers and files etc and a pencil drawer.

Obviously, I like your ideas and the project they did a bang up job for you. Congratulations.
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One thing I did poorly on mine was to plan for outlets and access to things like USB, cable etc.

I appreciate the thread because ever the tinkerer I have been considering taking mine out for a rebuild or modifications. I never considered having the table fit into the sliding drawer under the sofa. We keep our ironing board there so it would mean some adjustments in our storage arrangements.

Mine houses our lap top computer and printer and a drawer for paper and supplies ink etc behind the doors on the far left. The center has two large drawers for kitchen items, and the far right doors hide drawers for folders and work and personal papers and files etc and a pencil drawer.

Obviously, I like your ideas and the project they did a bang up job for you. Congratulations.
There is a lot more to this project. I'll post some pics this weekend. To the left of the desk is the tv cabinet. It used to have a very large tube tv. It has been removed and replaced with an led tv that is flush mounted on the front. The front is on a piano hinge and opens up to reveal shelves for our computers a hard drives etc.

Also inside the cabinet below the desk is a 120 outlet and power strip. The desk is set away from the windows a bit so the wires can run behind the desk and into the cabinet from the back.
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There is a lot more to this project. I'll post some pics this weekend. To the left of the desk is the tv cabinet. It used to have a very large tube tv. It has been removed and replaced with an led tv that is flush mounted on the front. The front is on a piano hinge and opens up to reveal shelves for our computers a hard drives etc.

Also inside the cabinet below the desk is a 120 outlet and power strip. The desk is set away from the windows a bit so the wires can run behind the desk and into the cabinet from the back.

Since mine is enclosed I left the back and dividers open using half lap joints for strength and saving weight. I can access clear to the wall or any where along the interior so I can move wires around pull things through the space against the wall similar to yours etc. But I would be better served with some outlets up top and front. I'll be looking forward to more pictures.

CAD drawings, hmmm I did mine on a napkin. I like yours better.
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I came across these when researching my desk.

They are mad by belkin. I considered using them to add USB ports but I decided I didn't want to have holes in the desk top because of the way the zebra wood looks.

Maybe these might help you. http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keat...grometgear.jpg

We will have a hidden wire system when it is all finished.
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00wabbit:
How does the table fasten to the desk? Does it fold down or does it store against the wall under the unit?
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That really is nice looking and functional. Tell me baout the single table leg. Is it on a hinge that folds down for storage, Thanks

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That really is nice looking and functional. Tell me baout the single table leg. Is it on a hinge that folds down for storage, Thanks

Yes, the single leg is on a hinge. We can either slide the extension into the desk to shorten it quit a bit when the slides are in, or we can remove the table and fold up the leg. We made sure that it would fit in the storage bin under the couch when we remove it. With the extension removed all you see is a slot up high under the desk top.
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Here is what mine looks like!
We use it as a pantry so we have full extension drawers on both sides of the table. We also have an 18 inch leaf to allow the table to seat four.
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