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Hamshack Corner Desk Plans

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  1. N1MLF

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    Well as gear, puters, tuners, kludge boxes, switches, cable & wire & associated necessities accumulate all over a flat top table I've decided to build a decent corner style desk to "hopefully" conquer the chaos... at least for a time..
    I found these plans & thought it looked quite reasonable.
    I pass them on for comment, use, discussion etc

    Hope you find them useful

  2. WB2WIK

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    Looks great. The angled cutout in the corner is very important, and for ham and computer use I'd also add:

    -A few large (3" diameter or so) holes through the desktop and the upper shelves, towards the rear of each (close to the walls), to bring more cables through so cables don't all have to snake horizontally from the corner along the entire lengths of the console; and

    -A few large (2" - 3" diameter) holes through the vertical dividers as well, also for convenience of cabling between pieces of equipment.

    A lot of guys build these gorgeous consoles then have no way to run cables.:p
  3. VE3FMC

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    That is a great looking desk, something that I could use here.

    I agree with Steve in regards to holes for cables. Makes a nice clean route to run all of your coax etc up to the equipment.

    Thanks for posting the plans. :)
  4. AB9RN

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    I wanted the exact same style and was looking to do the same... just before i started... my wife found some nice used task tables at an office furniture store which included a 45 degree corner table. I used the hutches they had on the end tables and built up a custom set of shelves with laminated shelving for the ham stuff...

    Otherwise i like what you created!
  5. KY5U

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    I didn't see holes for wires. Another useful thing is a tray on the backside or underside for wites to run. Looks great though! Nice work.
  6. N1MLF

    N1MLF Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK... NOT MY DESIGN... Found it on the interweb as I was looking for plans & thought it looked good.
    I have "most" of the materials to give it a go. Need some of the brackets and a bucket of screws.
    Agreed on the cable holes and trays to keep things contained and/or separated for interference issues.
    I just thought it was a cool design to try & wanted folks options and ideas... which seems to be happening..
    If & when this happens.. I'll take a buncha photos for everyone's consumption & comment..
    Tnx for the replies ...73..JW
  7. KB9LXP

    KB9LXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    make sure you stay 3' from the walls so you can get behind for some cable swaps, cleaning( Ha) and air circulation. Unless you don't have the room than just ignore my suggestions. Happy Building. :)
  8. N1MLF

    N1MLF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mike .. I think that's every ones desire but most shacks usually end up crammed into a corner or against a wall.
    I might look into adding some large casters so I could roll it out a bit for access.
    Another addition that comes to mind is a ground buss that wraps around the rear edges to eliminate several more wiring snarls.. We'll see how it goes..
    Thanx all for the comments & 73..JW
  9. AF6LJ

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    I like that design it has most of what I would want in an operating desk.
  10. AC2EV

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    The only thing I would do would be to round over the edges on the front if possible.

    and add some holes for cables.
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