Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4PG, May 11, 2020.
Did the elegant route:
Amps on a metal shelf
Once the weather gets nicer, I intend to replace the shack desk with a version of the above.
Gonna be a nice one!
I was a land surveyor for years in my youth. When not in the field an additional duty was running the Diazo blueprint machine. Even in the heat of a Florida summer, we had all the windows open and big pedestal fans to disperse the ammonia.
My shack desk uses 4X4 for legs, 2X4 frame, and 5/8 OSB covered with oak tongue and groove flooring left over from my house build. I needed it to be strong to support all the old heavy boat anchors I have.
Now "THAT" is a desk !!!
73 to ya...
Or a file cabinet on each end.
So I did. I like that.
Could work for some stations, I guess, but two things bothered me...
Not a whole lot of desktop area...yeah, the "tiers" are nice but you need some area.
No prices listed. That turns on the warning bells to the tune of, "You can probably buy an IC 7851 for what they want for one of these."
Me? I do fine with an L shaped desk I bought off the Amazon.com for less than 200 and a shelf cobbled together in a few minutes after a visit to Home Depot.
My operating desk at this QTH started out as a thrift store wooden desk that I picked up for $25. It worked and was sturdy (and not much fun to bring home and get into the room) but the operating surface wasn't very deep. I like a lot of room for my forearm when working CW with paddles or a straight key and also like room for a notepad and log. The old desk already had a pull out keyboard and mouse tray so that part was nice but I wanted more depth on the main operating desk and wanted a second tier that was also deep enough for some of the larger rigs I like to run.
So I built a desk topper which is just a large piece of fairly thick plywood as a deeper main desk top and a second tier made out of the same material. Here's the resulting operating desk with the two tier topper installed over the thrift store desk. I took a similar approach to building my test and repair bench so I could hold the test equipment but have enough open work space to hold the gear I'm working on.
No great carpentry skills here, just a tape measure, a saw, some brackets and screws and a bit of time with a paintbrush and stain for looks. I don't have a wood shop so I built the topper outside in the yard, stained it and then brought the whole thing inside and screwed it right into the wooden thrift store desk.