Building A Large L-Shaped Desk For Accommodating Plenty Of Computers
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 14 November 2020. Page 3 of 3. 30 Comments

In order to make the area infant-proof, underneath the butcher block I used two cable trays and J channel cable raceways for improving the organization.

For mounting a laptop and UPS power supply underneath I also used two Oeveo under mount shelfs. They worked out well and given the countertop was 1.5 inches thick, no issues mounting them. (The links are to Amazon where I happened to have purchased the parts and are also affiliate links should you wish to pursue a similar desk design.)

One of the new monitor arms I picked up was the VIVO Black Articulating Dual Monitor Mount. Rather than clamping it to the desk, I simply drilled a hole in the desk and used that means of mounting. That monitor arm works great and retails for less than $40 USD. I've used several of them without issues and much cheaper than alternatives.

That's the brief explanation of my new L-shaped desk build. More details and pictures of the process in the original L-shaped butcher block desk build. The new leg design is working out reliably even with all of the weight, the wife is more happy without the possibility of the black flakes from the previous pipe setup, and the improved wire organization also passes her benchmark for being a clean design. The overall cost is cheaper than the prior build thanks to using standard black pipe, avoiding the Kee Klamps or other unnecessary fittings, and being 4 and 8 foot sides -- the total cost besides the construction time involved was around $250 USD, which is far less than a similar large and durable computer desk could be procured for. If anyone else has any questions on the build, feel free to post away in the forums by commenting on this article. Or if looking for more weekend building fun, perhaps you may be interested in turning your basement into a server room.

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