I’ve been doing all this studio construction work lately, and I’ve spent the last week in the shop building furniture. There’s a lot of what appears (from the outside) to be downtime as I sit and ponder my next move, cut, or decision point. In fact, today I spent 90 minutes just sitting in my office chair, which I had moved into the shop to help decide on the final layout of my desk. I sat in that chair for probably an hour and a half just looking at the layout and going over every single detail to make sure it was just right. I had set up the two 21″ wide “pillars” of my old desk (which have been refashioned into teh new hotness with Lyptus trim). On top of these supports I set plywood in a rough shape of the final desktop, supporting it temporarily with sawhorses. I taped the outline of that corner of the studio on the floor to get the dimensions just right. Next, I brought some of the equipment down and set it on the desktop to get the general spacing worked out (monitor, keyboard, computer keyboard, speakers). One of the unfortunate things I discovered was that I don’t have enough room for the second monitor! Big bummer here, but I may be able to fix this.
Anyway, I just sat and stared, occasionally getting up to shift something incrementally, or to extend the desk a bit to get the exact right spacing. It was a long process of minute adjustments to get the space functioning just right. I’m really happy I did it, because once it was done, it was a fairly easy (and fear-free!) process to cut up the plywood and fashion the desktop. I now have my final desktop in rough form. It’s 79″ by 100″ and has plenty of space for monitors (1), speakers, rack boxes, keyboard, trackball, and printer. Plus, lots of open workspace. It consists of a 3/4 inch piece of maple ply laminated to a 1/2 inch layer of ply. The corner will be supported by a custom microphone cabinet I decided to build. Because it’s over an inch thick and glued and screwed every few inches, the thing can hold a tank, but the top is still light enough (just barely!) for me to maneuver it around. It’ll be trimmed in Lyptus and topped with black laminate.
It will be beautiful.