With our upcoming trip, I need a "proper" workspace. That means space for my laptop, second monitor, ergonomic keyboard, a real mouse and not something that I have to move in order to leave the bedroom for a potty break or lunch or you name it. And, it has to be easy to setup/take down. A decent chair is a must; sitting on the bed isn't an option. And finally, I need a private and quiet workspace.
The bunkhouse wasn't an option because that's the kid's space. (Same holds true if we got a toy hauler with garage- that would still be their room.) The dinette is out because it isn't private. Outside is a no go in the heat and sun glare. The bedroom was the only logical option.
To avoid moving anything, it meant working facing the front of the camper and having my back to the door. This would allow me to leave the room if I've taken the aisle up with desk space.
I decided that I wanted to build on top of the existing dresser. The challenges here- 1) it's only 13" deep and 2) that window is an emergency exit and needs to continue to function.
With my wife's help, we came up with the idea of a shelf with a sliding drawer underneath. That would hold my second monitor on top and laptop underneath. Plus, I could close the laptop and just push the drawer in at the end of my work day. I still found that the desk I'm building has to be deeper to support both monitors side by side.
And, that didn't solve the keyboard mouse/issue. If you've never seen one, an ergo keyboard is split in the middle and they're wide. Like really wide; my keyboard and mouse together are 28" from side to side! So we came up with the idea of that being a flip over portion. (I still need to figure out how to support that, though.)
I carried my equipment out last night and started mocking up ideas.
Once I was happy with that, I drew it up:
Then I loaded up a trio of girls and headed to Home Depot.
In a shocking turn of events, I had 2 amazingly helpful clerks help me out. The guy back in the wood area went above and beyond with cutting boards. He did almost all of the major cutting that I needed. Once home, I mocked it up in wood.
I don't have time or inclination to stain it. I'm waiting on an email back from a friend with a router to hit a handful of sides with one. Hopefully he can squeeze me in tomorrow morning. Otherwise, I'm going to have to go without.
I'll post again once I get the last cuts done and assembly completed more.