The Last Ham Desk Project


I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

13 Responses

  1. Bob Smith WB6ODR says:

    The desk looks very nice and the finish is great. I would have gone with a door desk when I added the shack on to the back of the house, except, I need drawers and shelves to put my junk on. Of course my wife say, “Get rid of some of that junk!!” She has a point, but after some 50 years in the game I just can’t part with some of it.


    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Bob,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. It’s coming together.

      I need some drawers too and I remember my first ham desk when I was 14yrs, had drawers. I’m going to have to do something to add some. I have some shelves closeby.

      Thanks for the reminder. Happy Holidays and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  2. Michael Stacklin says:

    That new solid oak table looks great ! I am using an old Atwater-Kent radio cabinet from the 1920’s for my 7300 , the MFJ roller inductor tuner, the 706 for 2M SSB and on the bottom shelf where the original batteries were located, I installed the Astron metered P.S. The Swan 500C and power supply , the Drake MN-7 antenna matcher is sitting on a 55 y.o. table built to hold boat anchors back in the day.

    73, Mike W8CJJ

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Mike,

      Nice to see you here and thanks for commenting. I hope all is well.

      I had to look that up, “Atwater-Kent radio cabinet”. Now that’s a very cool idea. Very unique!

      That’s just I want, a table for boatanchors. I have an idea to add a table and make it an “L” configuration. I can have a place for boatanchors then. It’s in the plan!

      Thanks Mike, happy holidays and best 73! CUL on The Breakfast Club Net 3.973 MHz.


  3. david a. mourino says:

    very insightful thank you godspeed

  4. Pat says:

    Hey Rich,

    Your new desk looks great!!! Looks like it is heavy duty.

    I have an older office desk, and keep thinking about building something new – but once I think about the effort moving everything out of a small office – I tell myself I am happy with what I have.

    Again – The Looks Great!!!!

    And Thank You for all the effort you put into your site and the great information you provide.

    73’s Pat- K7LNP

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Pat,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting.

      Yes, I know how you feel. I delayed this a long time. It finally came about because I had to do some painting and carpeting, so I thought I’d just better get it done now. I have been using a small dining room table that came from Walmart. It is 36 inches deep by 58 inches long. It’s been a good desk and I managed to put a keyboard tray under it which I like. I’ll have to post a picture of it sometime.

      Thank you again Pat, Happy Holidays and best 73!

      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Dennis Cornell says:

    Looks good. I will send pics when I finish the loft where the 7600 is going. Basement has a workbench and a hollow core door on two file cabinets. It is for all the boat anchors.

  6. K0PIR says:

    Nice to hear from you Dennis. Thank you and please do.

    I will be making a desk addition too for boat anchors. I’m looking for a National NC-57 if anyone has a working one in good shape.

    Rich, K0PIR

  7. Gayland Grant says:

    I done the same thing. Only I got a hold of a bunch of doors that had been took down. The side were the hole was I used that to pull some smaller wires through . Then I took another door and made the legs .

    Were the legs go I routed out a slot wide enough for the legs to fit in. Finished with a light walnut because they were close to that. Then about four coats of clear. They make fine operators desk. Strong enough to set a big amp on or what ever you want to do.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Gaylan,

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for commenting.

      That’s a great idea and I agree, they do make a very good desk. I think I am going to do another one.

      I’m looking for some drawers to go under the one I have now.

      Thanks again, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


      Rich, K0PIR

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