Building A Butcher Block Computer Desk To Comfortably Handle Six Monitors

Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 23 March 2016. Page 3 of 3. 28 Comments

Using base cabinets for the desk does make it rather high where I plan to either be standing there or sitting on a stool. With that said, I didn't care too much about the spacing for my legs since I don't spend all day in the server room.

For being able to reach all of the racks in the room via this desk, I bought some longer HDMI and USB cables.

Everything ended up working out as planned! I'm now able to replace four of the Walker Edison corner desks with this single, eight-foot long butcher block desk. With the six monitors mounted up there so far, no weight issues at all and there doesn't appear to be any strain on the cabinets. The cabinets also allow for more storage, the area is much easier to clean, it's much more organized, and all around worked out well. The cost actually ends up being lower (when doing all of this yourself) compared to having to buy enough of the Walker Edison desks for being able to handle such a setup.

The bar area also turned out fine. It's wife-approved and even gave me permission this summer for building some butcher block desks for my front office; there I think I will use some 2-inch metal conduit as legs and also for hiding cables. More details on that when it happens in a few months.

That's the short story of this build for those that have been following the pictures on my Twitter, etc. Our Linux benchmarking server room should be back to being fully operational in the next few days. I will have another article once I finish the few bits of tiling left to do and get everything back to normal. If there's any questions feel free to ask via @MichaelLarabel on Twitter or via our forums.

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