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Build a Studio Desk for $50

The foundation of your music production workspace is your desk. You obviously need something sturdy and large enough to hold your speakers/monitors, audio interface, MIDI controller, and your PC setup. Most people have a desk lying around the house that’ll do just fine, but if you’re in the market for a new one, or just want to try out a pretty cool side project, keep reading.

In this excerpt, you’ll learn how to build a high quality studio desk – typically worth upwards of $300 – on a $50 shoestring budget. Building a desk from scratch might sound intimidating, but leave it to Anna-White.com      to break it down into a few easy steps:


Measuring the tops. Measure the tops of your bases and make sure they will fit in a 15 1/2″ x 21″ opening. If they will not, adjust the trim lengths to fit in step 3.


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Tabletop Pieces. Cut out your tabletop pieces as shown above. For the corner, blue, cut a 38″ x 38″ square. Then mark on 2 sides 23 1/2″ from the back. Draw a 45 degree angle between the two points and cut off the corner.


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Trim Pieces. On the underside of the tabletop, fasten the trim pieces using the 1 1/4″ screws and glue.
Start with the red board, fastening it 3″ from the back edge and 1″ from the front side edge as shown above.
Then fasten the green boards, leaving a 16 1/2″ gap between the two green boards. Next, fasten the white boards. Where the white boards span the tabletop joint, make sure you fasten to both the corner and side tabletop pieces.
Then fasten the yellow trim piece in place. Finally, measure and cut the pink piece, mitering ends in 45 degrees. Use glue and let the glue dry with the piece laying flat.


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Leg. Build the leg by fastening 2 of the 1×3 boards together with glue, 1 1/4″ screws, and clamps. Let dry and fasten the remaining 1×3, again with glue and clamps and screws. Let dry. You can attach the leg to the tabletop by screwing through the top, screwing through the trim, or using corner brackets.


Assembly. Assemble the desk with 2 of the base units from the collection. It is recommended that you attach the tabletop to the base unit with a couple of screws to secure in place. You can do this by predrilling through the tabletop trim pieces into the sides of the base units. You will need 2″ screws.

Take a look at the full article at Anna-White.com – you can also download a PDF or print-friendly version of the original plans from the site.

Now you can go spend the money you just saved somewhere else in the studio without losing any sleep!

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