Final with painted keyboard tray
In the last post I talked about the steps I took to make a cheap slide out desk tray. However, I hadn’t put any final finishes on it. Basically I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make it white like the rest of the desk or stain it wood colored. As you can see I didn’t do either. My friend had some extra paint left over from painting a few shelves, and I thought the dark brown would be a good contrast to the otherwise complete white.
At this point the desk is pretty much complete. However, I am considering adding a sing shelf under the desk. I still haven’t decided yet.
If you decide to build your own, be sure to let me know about it. I would love to see the pictures when it’s done.
DIY Computer Slide Out Tray
Last week I made a post talking about how to make a computer desk. After I got my new Imac, I realized that I needed more desk space. I also wanted my keyboard and mouse a little lower. Having it too high was making my arms tired. Simply put, I needed a slide out tray.
There are slide out trays available for sale, and I checked those first. Unfortunately, most were pretty expensive. I didn’t want to spend $40 on a tray when I only spent $25 on the entire desk. The other difficulty was was finding one here in Japan.
You can probably figure where this is going…
I decided to build my own. Building a slide out keyboard tray is actually quite simple. All you need are some sliding mechanisms (like what any drawer would have), a piece of wood for the tray, and a couple of brackets to mount it to the desk. All of the parts together cost me less than $10.
I designed my tray to be very low-profile, but you could put it at any height you want to. Mine is actually such a low profile I have to turn the keyboard sideways to allow the tray to slide back in. It still needs to be sanded and painted, but you get the idea.
Now, what to do for a chair?
For the last couple of years I have been using a dining table as my computer desk. Since I got tired of having to move my computer, and since I have an iMac coming, I needed a new desk. I checked out a few of the ones available at the local stores, but after not liking the styles (or the prices), I decided to build my own. With the exception of 3 pieces (the top and two supports) the entire thing is made out of pallets. I spent about a total of $25 for all of the parts
Computer Desk Materials
Two of the panels are basically used as is. Though I did remove some of the bottom panels for a little more leg room. I dismantled the third panel for parts, which became the legs.
Then I just took longer boards I removed from the other pallet and connected the two.
Pallet Computer Desk with Legs
Lastly, I added a couple of cross braces to add stability, and painted the entire thing white. Depending on your location, you may be able to get away without staining or painting, but in the high humidity we have here it would probably have already rotted away.
Completed and painted
And since my new computer arrived yesterday: here is the final result!
Desk with iMac
The only thing left is to build a slide out trey for the keyboard and mouse. I am still thinking about the best way to go about it. Let me know if you have any ideas.