Youngest Daughter's computer desk
Cross posted from another thread so I can find it later!
My youngest (14 yrs) loves to tinker, and make pens or other small projects. She needed a computer desk to replace a table that took up too much space. She tried to match some of the other pine furniture in the room, but wanted it to be a "lighter" or more delicate looking piece.
She took all the dimensions to find the space we had, and determined what we needed to have at a minimum. We made the piece out of paint grade pine panels for the legs and stretchers, cutting around the ugly parts. The whole thing is pocket screw construction.
The top is a stain grade pine panel. All told, she spent about $30 on the wood, screws, and feet. Not a bad little project, she still has to put the finish on it, but wanted to show it off.
Unfortunately, the computer that we had designed the table around failed to work when we connected everything. It turns out that the socket for the graphics board was damaged as we were moving everything around. I transferred the guts into a slightly older tower, but all of the cable connections now hit the bottom stretcher, so the computer couldn't fit far enough in. We had to make a riser to get the plugs up and over the stretcher so they wouldn't get damaged.
The tower is also a little wider than the planned one, but if I can find something a little faster with a smaller case for cheap on CL we can build a better machine. I just needed to get something together for her quick so she can keep up with her summer school work. We'll work on the cord management later...
She said it was a fun project, and we made sure she signed it so everyone will know who made it.
I think simple projects like this show that it is possible to make a custom project and get decent results even without a lot of experience. I think it has given her the confidence to try other projects in the future.