My wife and I just bought a house and I finally have a space of my own. I work from home and play on my PC at night, so I spend a lot of time in this room. I'm currently using a cheap plastic folding table as a desk temporarily until I could come up with something better. Well, it's time to come up with something better. Here's my current desk situation: A long time ago, I was really inspired by this awesome-looking desk. It's still my inspiration: Also, I was recently inspired by jen4950's master woodworking in his thread here: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1828878 I'm not expecting it to turn out quite as amazing as jen4950's work, but I do like woodworking and trying my hand at various projects. So here we go. I drew up a plan. The room is not to scale, but I wanted to get an idea of how the desk design would fit. Here's my first sketch of the desk: Current objectives: 1. Finalize design. I want 3 sections: left, middle, right. The middle section needs to adjust between sitting and standing heights, or at least be able to be modified for this later on. I don't know how I want the legs to look yet, but they need to be sturdy. 2. Make a scale sketch to use as plans for the build. Does anyone know if there's a free version of AutoCAD for 2D sketches? I've been using SketchUp, but it's just too different from what I'm used to to make good use of my time. I'd rather draw by hand almost. 3. Pick materials. I want it to be nice hardwood so it lasts and doesn't get dinged up as easily. I'm thinking Maple or Hickory because they're very hard and affordable. The budget for the whole thing is ~$300 or so. I could go higher, but I might be in the doghouse for a while... 4. Think through how it will go together. Because logistics. 5. Figure out finish. Gotta be honest, I thought a photoluminescent resin inlay would be freaking awesome, but I think it'll just be too pricey (and working with pecky cypress is nasty to work with apparently). I also considered a reclaimed pallet wood design with epoxy resin on top, but again, pricey (for the epoxy), and pallet wood can be hard on tools. One big plank for the top would also be pricey, so I think I'm just going to get 6-8" wide boards and glue them together with biscuits, sand it down, stain, and clear coat. Stain and finish (gloss, semi-gloss, matte) still needs to be figured out. Any suggestions, I'm all ears! Going to be buying materials this month.