Chris's Day Job
November 29, 2008
I thought I would give you a peek a what I do for a living. I just finished this built-in for a HAM radio guy. The bead-board on the back wall is poplar and all hand milled while the desk and shelves are 6/4 and 8/4 African Mahogany. The finish is a hand-rubbed tung oil.
Again, this is for a HAM radio guy so everything revolves around wires. If you look closely, there are a total of (11) 3" grommets. In the back wall, (behind the grommets) is 2 runs of 4" PVC pipe extending from the attic to the basement with a "Y" connector anywhere there is a grommit. There are still 2 more in the floor, plus hangers allowing wires to be zip-tied to the underside of the desk. He wanted something "boat-like" so I added an angled chart table, hinged with storage inside.
Here's the main top with keyboard shelf under. To the left of the picture you can see a recess into the back wall. This is to allow one corner of his main radio to stick into to allow it to sit at a 45. The floor is ash with a dry-rub of the wall paint for color and water-borne poly as a clearcoat. The curved topcap on the half wall took 3 days to mill and install.
This is the inside of the cabinet under the chart table. I was given a list of all his componants and built the cabinet to fit. This houses the CPU, dvd, cable box, and some other smaller boxes -router etc. It's all a maple plywood with a poplar edgeband. There is no back for cooling reasons and all the electronics work with IR repeaters for the remotes.
Closeup of shelves.
So there you go... This is what I do.
Also attached is a youtube my customer wanted me to see. It's pretty cool and he know the guys in it. It is Jay Leno with the world's fastest texters vs morse code...