Building A Butcher Block Computer Desk To Comfortably Handle Six Monitors
After doing some light sanding with an orbital sander, I first did a coat of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
That was followed by four coats of the Minwax Gel Stain (Walnut) to get the desired color and match the cabinets I planned to use for this desk. I have found that using the gel stain with a rag rather than applying via a brush tends to yield the best result.
Lastly, there was a coat of the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. That finishing coat is indoor/outdoor rated and offers protection against sunlight, rain/moisture, and temperature changes.
The main desk for handling all of these monitors was an eight-foot long butcher block slab while I also used some extra birch for doing the same treatmen to a smaller (40-inch) slab for the bar area in the server room.
I mounted the butcher block desk atop a 30-inch and 36-inch base cabinets while leaving about three inches of overhang on each side for additional monitor mounts. These were just some Hampton Bay cabinets from Home Depot that can be fetched rather modestly when waiting for their 15% off in-stock cabinet sales and utilizing $25 off email coupons.