Desks for your home ham station

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  1. KC1NY

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    That's a really nice desk, but you can't pull the roll top down because of the cables. I purchased a similar desk long ago overseas and the seller said she could install a light in the desk that would shine down on the writing surface. I declined and decided to do it myself once back in the states. Fast forward about 5 months. Well, I got the lamp, a small fluorescent light, and attached it in the proper place. Than, I drilled a hole thru the back for the cord. When the XYL saw what I had done she asked how I routed the lamp cord. When I showed her, the replied "isn't that where the roll top is stored after you pull it up to open?" OOPS!!!
     
  2. K2CD

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    I bought a trestle type rectangular dining room table on clearance from Walmart about about 80.00, found a hutch (TV stand) at Ikea same width as the table for 50.00. Made a small additional shelf from cheap lumber at Lowe's. Total investment about 160.00. Lots of room to rest my arms which I never had before using repurposed computer desks.
     

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  3. W5LEM

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  4. WD0BCT

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    Let me think...is that a porno print?

    I not only remember blue prints but remember running blue print machines to make them. After an our or two of sniffing ammonia you get a pretty good head ache!

    The blueprint process
    The best known is a process using ammonium ferric citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The paper is impregnated with a solution of ammonium ferric citrate and dried. When the paper is illuminated, a photoreaction turns the trivalent ferric iron into divalent ferrous iron.
     
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  5. N7WR

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    Very similar to what many different companies make for 9-1-1 Center dispatch consoles. Some years ago when a center was re-modeling and upgrading I was given two complete consoles that were being replaced. Not nearly as exotic as the ones made today
     
  6. W2AAT

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    My desk is 2 1" x 12" pine boards screwed on to a 2" x 2" pine frame screwed into a closet wall. Painted semi gloss white. Works! (see my QRZ page)
     
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  7. WA7PRC

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    My shack/workshop is a small bedroom, and I needed to maximize every bit of space. Two walls and the closet are work benches & shelves. The space for the radio gear is 72" wide. I quickly gave up shopping for a desk so, I made one to fit, using laminated sheets of plywood. 1x2 Fir hides the edges, and a sheet of tempered hardboard provides a good writing surface. It's 36" deep, to allow room for the gear, and plenty of writin' room.

    I built an 18" deep shelf for monitor gear that is located using 1/4" diameter pins. The shelf rear panel holds a copper strip ground bus, and has 3" tall openings to allow cables to pass
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    A Hercules MS540B "long reach" microphone boom is slid into a short piece of 1" pipe w/ flange at the LF corner of the shelf. My Symetrix 528E 'Voice Processor' (1U rackmount box) hangs under the shelf from brackets that ride a T-slot cut in the shelf. A 37" TV/monitor is connected to the laptop PC. The desk legs are store-bought 'cuz I don't have a lathe (yet). :)
     
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  8. K9KQX

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    Look around for a used office furniture store. Sometimes old desks or work benches come up for sale. Now if I had the space is love to have a combined workbench and station on two workbenches side by side. But no room and the costs get pricey. However there are interesting workbenches for "technical" work. We had them at a company I worked it repairing cnc controllers
     
  9. K9STH

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  10. WA7PRC

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    I added a workbench in my garage... a 2x8' rectangular frame made using 1x4 Fir. I lag-screwed the rear side it to the wall, and supported the front w/ 2x4s. To prevent the legs from moving. dollops of polyurethane (Gorilla Glue™, etc) secure the bottom ends. To maximize usable power tool cord length, I mounted duplex outlets to the front of the workbench. The lights are NOT on the same circuit.
     

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