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DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby waitup » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:43 pm

Gang,

My studio partner and I have just finished installing this new studio desk/workstation that we designed and built in to our mix room. Here's a bit of a step-by-step on how we did it in case anyone wants to take a similar path.

1. Design your workstation in Google Sketch-Up with virtually no woodwork experience and simply assume that if it works on the computer, it will work in real life.

2. Take yourself down to the hardware store and fool those around you into thinking you know what you're doing and what you're looking for. It may help to use phrases such as "two-be-four" or "Yeah, good bit o' timber (lumber, if you're not in Australia), that one".

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3. If you have successfully taken the timber from the hardware store with minimal humiliation, have a friend who actually has somewhat of an idea of what they're doing cut it in to smaller, more manageable pieces which may then be assembled.

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4. Have your friend take photos of you "working" on the timber so as to trick your friends into thinking you are an experienced carpenter.

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5. Employ the services of another friend (preferably not the woodworking friend, but he will do if no one else is available.) to weld some metal legs together based on your google sketchup drawing from step one. It is important at this point to hope extra hard that your pretend computer desk will work in this real, actual life, as the metal is more expensive, and more real than the timber used earlier.

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6. Upholster the armrest of your new console using vinyl which you have found at upstart upholstery supplier "eBay". Despite having absolutely no upholstery experience, you must refrain from doing research or practice. Hint: The number of staples you use should be in a 1:1 ratio with the number of staples you have.

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7. Paint the legs of your workstation using 1 good and 1 bad brush. It is imperative at this point that you ignore the recommended drying time written on the paint tin. It is also recommended (but not required) that you wear a badly worn straw hat and paint as close to a car as possible.

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8. Assemble the unit and "dry sail" in the back yard to ensure if feels good. Say things such as "mix sounds good, man!" for maximum effect.

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9. Install ready for action.

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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Sammas » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:49 pm

Looks great Nick!
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby waitup » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:51 pm

Cheers Nath! Not too bad for a bunch of mugs!
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Wiz » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:59 pm

Best post for ages really good and really funny
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Drumstruck » Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:14 am

Looks really nice - and despite no gloves or goggles it looks like you retained your eyes and fingers :-bd
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby graemeh » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:23 am

Awesome, but imagine how good it woulda been if you knew what you were doing! :)
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby waitup » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:27 am

graemeh wrote:Awesome, but imagine how good it woulda been if you knew what you were doing! :)


I guess we'll never know.
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Chris H » Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:39 pm

Well you where able to come up with a great result. Looks not too shabby at all!
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby rick » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:14 pm

What i like about it the most is I am a card carrying known Wood Nazi and you have used inferior grade genetically bred crap pine that should only be used for .. well for nothing actually

and yet the thing you built still looks F@#$ing great ..
well done !
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby waitup » Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:42 pm

I get the feeling if we'd used Wood Nazi timber then this thing wouldn't have cost us $200?

rick wrote:What i like about it the most is I am a card carrying known Wood Nazi and you have used inferior grade genetically bred crap pine that should only be used for .. well for nothing actually

and yet the thing you built still looks F@#$ing great ..
well done !
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Senad » Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:37 pm

That looks fantastic!! I found this thread when I started building my new desk..Space is tight at the moment and I needed an all-in-one solution. Came up with this:
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Text_Edifice » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:41 am

That looks great - what are the little consoles?
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Re: DIY Workstation/Studio Desk

Postby Senad » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:43 am

Thanks Dave!
They are the SSL X-desk & X-panda.
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