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Old 10-23-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Post Designing and installing a desk in the bedroom.

Sorry for the lengthy intro... hopefully it will provide you with a break from what ever you were working on, or better yet, a solution to a problem that you might have.


Well, after many years of dreaming of being "free" to work from anywhere I can get a decent internet connection, I finally landed "the job" that will allow us to travel! For the curious, I am a systems engineer (specializing in Citrix) for a major computer company (based in Texas).

We live in north central Texas (DFW area) and my corporate office is in Boston, MA. So, I am what's referred to as a "remote employee". Other than demonstrating that I appear to know what I'm doing, I have to pretty much meet two things.

1 - Have a decent internet connection, so I can be signed in M-F, 8-5 and be on call for a week, once every 7 weeks.

2 - I am expected to have a "work space" that isolates me from other people or a main living area (where TV's or people can be a distraction).

At home (sticks and bricks), I have a nice, dedicated "office".
Our previous RV (2010 Keystone Sprinter 318FLS) really couldn't fulfill the #2 requirement. So... what better excuse to trade it in and get a new (bigger) RV??

But our RV requirements also factor in.
  • 4 seasons (and full time) rated
  • 4 door fridge
  • full size couch
  • double recliners, across from big TV
  • fireplace
  • lots and lots of counter space
  • lots of cabinets and drawers
  • full size microwave
  • dual air conditioners
  • lots of basement storage
  • big shower
  • king bed
  • large closet

Well, you can see where this is going. Time for a new 5er! And fortunately we happen to have a good solid 2007 Ford F350 XLT 4x4 DRW Supercab 6.0L (with a B&W setup) tow rig. (I like to think of it as foresight).

So we traded in the TT for a new 2014 Columbus 365RL. Did a lot of looking, but we felt that it was the best fit for us in terms of functionality, looks, quality and price.

Just one minor problem. See job requirement #2, above, and that is what this post is about. Designing and installing a desk in the bedroom. AND... it must be large enough for dual monitors (or a my laptop and an extra monitor).

More in my next post, including the obligatory pics.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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I have a surveyor sp 295 and removed the bunks on one side in the bunkhouse and installed a built in desk. Plenty of room for two monitors.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Right, and if we had a BH model, that would have been our plan as well. Since we don't, he "plan" will be to build a removable desk that has folding legs on the left side and hanging brackets on the other side. It will be 20" deep x 32" wide x 28" tall. The finish will be matched as closely as I can to the dresser.

Operation:
  • It can be easily lifted up, out of the brackets, the legs folded in and then stored in the closet, when not in use.
  • The second monitor (22" wide screen LCD) can be set on the dresser when not on the desk.
  • The laptop can be closed and stored in the opening in the front of the dresser when not on the desk.
  • The chair can be turned around, back to the window, or placed elsewhere in the trailer, when not in use.

This is a (very) basic sketch of the desk:


Here is the location of where the desk will mount:


This is our test dummy, demonstrating sitting at a template of the desk:


Next post.... The materials list and the project begins!
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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Before you do that- I use a folding TV tray in the bedroom very similarly. Less materials and it already folds up. :-)

I start at our dinette table until the wife and kids wake up and then commandeer the bedroom as my office. The only problem is the A/C is loud, so I have to turn it off for calls and it gets toasty up there with the door shut.

Works well for me.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback, ependydad. It is appreciated!

Actually, just as a test, I did use one of our TV trays during our "shakedown" run, last weekend. I worked 2 days that way. Like you said, I worked from the dining table until the DW got up, then I move to the bedroom. When grandkids came to visit and the TV was on in the living room, it wasn't a bother at all.

Unfortunately, the TV tray just wasn't large enough (for double monitor setup), and the legs were in the way of my feet. Admittedly, the desk I'll build won't be as large as the one in my home office, but it will be much larger, have more leg room and more stable than our TV trays and take up about the same storage space.

Fortunately, because we have dual A/C's on the same duct system, the front doesn't need to be on. The rear will carry it fine on all but the very hottest days. And the window view is really nice and shaded by the awning. Interestingly, I've heard other front A/C systems and most were significantly louder than the one in this coach. I tested it using my noise canceling BT headset, and it was fine.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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We have a TV that sets on the dresser that is in the same approximate spot- I used that as a crappy second monitor. It was good enough to have email on and the occasional reference document on it. I just hooked It up with a HDMI cable. Not great, but passable. Web programmer, here.

My A/C is also ducted, but we get very little airflow.

You're sure right about the view! It's torturous, actually!
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:55 AM   #7
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OK, I'm not the fastest guy with projects, but I don't give up either.

So, I found the wood for the top and the legs. I've never built a desk before, so I sure won't pretend to be an expert wood craftsman. But... here goes nothing...

MATERIALS (so far)
  • Sea-Dog 221320-1 Stainless Steel Table Brackets 4-Pack
  • 3/4 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Sandeply Hardwood Plywood (Sande is a South American hardwood with supposedly good characteristics. I wanted Maple, but they didn't have it at my local HD or L's)
  • 2ea 1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft. (finished) Oak board (looked good, similar to the Sande as far as the grain)
  • #8 x 2 in. wood screws
  • #6 x 5/8 in. wood screws
  • 2ea of 4 in. Decorative Heavy T-Hinge with Screws (black)
  • Minwax #215 Red Oak
  • Minwax Clear Satin Polyurethane

So far the top has been cut and sanded. The bottom edges have been cut, countersunk and screwed and glued. And two coats of stain on the top. The small semi circle cutout is to clear the trim on the edge of the bedroom dresser, when the desk is in place. I'm going to finish staining the desk top (sides and bottom) and then move on to doing the folding legs. (see sketch in previous post)

Here's how the male brackets that will attach to the female brackets on the dresser look:


And this is the top, after the second coat of stain. The little cabinet door is from the phone charging station in the RV. Might do one more coat, then the satin polyurethane:
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You sure got some pretty wood there!

Looks great. I think it'll be a heck of a work-top when you're done!
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:21 AM   #9
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Gee, thanks Lou! I'm starting wish I had ordered Maple though, as I'm pretty sure that's what the rest of the coach cabinetry is. I've just got limited time to build this before heading out for 3 weeks, meaning I will be working in the coach during that time.

If it ends up bothering me enough, I'll order some maple and build another top. No biggie, the top is like $20.
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Looking forward to seeing this project completed.
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