The Last Ham Desk Project
My new Ham radio shack desk is almost finished. I made a similar one a long time ago and it got thrown out. It was good while it lasted, but this one I think will be the last Ham radio shack desk I ever need. The depth of the desk is very important to us Hams and this one costs less than $150 to make. The entire process took a few days and I’ll show you how I did it below. After finishing in the garage, it took two of us to move into the new Ham shack.
The Last Ham Desk Specs
It’s a solid core oak door purchased from our Menards store in Pierre, SD. This is one beast of a slab weighing in at 89 lbs.
Mastercraft® 32″ W x 80″ H x 1-3/4″ Ready-to-Finish Oak Solid Core Door Slab. I chose the 32″ x 80″ and they have a couple even deeper if you like.
Ham Radio Shack Desk Legs
There are a lot of choices out there. My first desk I just used two filing cabinets with a hollow door and that worked good. This time I chose to go with table legs and solid oak.
I got the legs from Amazon and there are many to choose from. I wanted something that looked good, held up the weight, was the right height for me and I wanted to be able to remove the legs easily.
My choice: Action Club 28″ Height Tall Adjustable Metal Office Table Furniture Leg Set Black,Set of 4. I like the way they look, but they are not as steady as I would have liked, so I am going to attach the desk to the wall. The weight won’t be a problem for the legs because they are rated for a vertical load of 220 lbs. each.
I will buy another set for an additional table.
Later I saw some other options. This looks like a good one: H28″, Rusty Design, BKH1728 Pipe Legs KIT for Writing Desk, Computer Table, H-Shape, W17″ x H28″, Pack of 2 suitable for 1 Table. I like the pipe design.
Sanding, Staining, Finishing and Wax
I won’t bore you. there are lots of videos on YouTube finishing tables.
It’s sanded using 180 then 220 grit sandpaper, a nice golden oak stain (one coat), polyurethane spray (I’ll brush next time), and paste wax.
I attached the legs after moving the desk into the new Ham shack.
More to come…
There are a couple of monitors that need mounting and I ordered monitor arms for them. This is what is coming:
I’ll drill a hole in the table to run cables and I am not sure where my CPU will go. I may mount it right underneath the desk so that I can reach the front easily. This might work:
I’ll have to reroute my coax from the old shack to the new shack and then of course move the equipment. The desk may need a shelf, but that will come later. I may be done by Christmas, HI!
I got some good recommendations to leave room behind the desk for access and I wanted to do that, however I don’t have the room and I will need to attach the desk to the wall. I’ll attach another table making an “L” shape and it’ll have room behind it.
Stay in touch and best 73,