A few years ago, my friend David brought me a table he had found on the side of the road during Spring big item trash pick up. It was very retro made of black rod iron with two levels, but there were no shelves for it and it was rusted. Regardless it was one of the coolest tables I had ever seen so I took it home and cleaned it up. Finally after years of it sitting in the basement, I moved into a place with room for the it. So I painted the rod iron metallic silver and had some wood cut for it. It looks awesome. Once I stain my dresser and put stainless steel hardware on it, it will match the table. While scoping out my new room, I realized that my cheap black computer table was falling apart. After much shopping around and not finding the exact computer desk, I decided to build my own. I never drew it out on paper, I just had the picture in my head. The other day at lunch, I went to Homo Depot and found everything I would need for it. I kept thinking that it seemed too easy, but I decided to go for it anyway.
Today, I went back to Homo Depot and bought four 12in x 24in finished shelves, four 30in plumbing pipes with the fittings. I bought some metal plates to connect two each of the shelves together. I bought a bunch of screws and then headed back home. The first thing I did was take the keyboard tray and wheels off the cheap desk so I could reuse them. I spray painted the keyboard tray and my old monitor stand metallic silver. Then I cleaned the four pipes (yes, all the "cleaning the pipes" jokes came to mind), and attached the fittings to each end and then spray painted them metallic silver. Then I attached to shelves together using the metal plates to make two 24in x 36in . Then I attached the keyboard tray to the bottom of one of the shelves. Then I attached the four pipes to the same shelf. Then I set that onto the remaining 24in x 36in shelf. I then eyed it to make it sure it was place right and with the close supervision of my border collie Jake, I attached the entire top piece to the bottom piece. I then turned it over and attached the 5 wheels. The end result was a sturdy, simple yet stylish computer desk that matches my retro table and dresser. By the time I'm done with my room, my furniture will look like a set.
It was as easy as I thought it would be and I only sustained one small injury. While trying to scrape the barcode label off one of the pipes, the flat head screw driver I was using slipped and I stabbed myself in palm. I'm sure it had NOTHING to do with the fact that I was also talking to Gary on the phone at the same time. Here's the finished product and the table I mentioned earlier. Wow, I can invent and bake amazing desserts, cook great meals, and build furniture.....I'm like a fag and a lesbian all rolled into one. Oh yeah, a big shout out to Mother Nature for taking what was supposed to be a rainy day and making it into a beautiful day for desk building!