roger.unc

DIY mixing desk furniture?
« on: March 25, 2019, 12:09:56 AM »
Hi - has anyone cobbled together a DIY mixing desk out of off the shelf components (e.g., IKEA)?  I would love to recreate something like this commercial desk since it has 12U under both sides and a big sliding tray (but $2500 USD for the real deal is out of the question right now): https://www.soundconstructionsupply.com/product/scs-composer-keyboard-desks/.  I have two computer screens on top and a tower PC and two 12U racks underneath (though the 2x12U gear is currently in Odyssey racks). I'm not wedded to having an 88 key piano on the tray since I could see putting my mackie mix control and a typing keyboard on there instead.

I'm curious if anyone has any elegant DIY solutions besides buying the real thing or $2000 worth of carpentry tools and $2000 worth of wood.  ;) Thanks.  --Roger


scott2000

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 02:20:41 AM »
I have ordered a rack plan from here in the past....Pretty good......
http://www.thefrankes.com/wp/?page_id=3381

This one is pretty cool...

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/threads/my-newest-studio-desk-build.710750/

//// thread above links to here too....nice

https://www.studiotisch.com/?ID=2

and there are quite a few threads of other builds across various forums..... and pinterest even has some nice ideas........

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/472807660855743338/


I found that figuring out how to finish was the most difficult/time consuming part for me......  definitely try to have everything sorted out before building......

////nicer material makes finishing easier.......culled stuff is cheap but makes for more work unless you get lucky.... :-\
« Last Edit: March 25, 2019, 02:38:59 AM by scott2000 »

roger.unc

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 08:05:15 AM »
Cool! Thanks for the links, scott2000. --Rog

Rocinante

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 07:04:51 PM »
I built my own racks and mixing desk for my modded Soundcraft Ghost. I'll be building a sidecar ITB mixing desk pretty soon out of some black oak I've been sitting on.
 There's some pics here:

https://www.omniaarts.com/studio

I am currently working on using a raspberry pi to show spectrum and volume metering via two 7 x 5 inch screens which will be fitted into the desk on each side of the Ghost's meter.
If there's a harder way to do this, I haven't found it yet.

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2019, 04:33:44 PM »
I made a desk out of 8020 aluminum from 8020.net. Cost about $600 in parts. You have to assemble it yourself, obviously. It works great and it's customizable. I basically just used the rough dimensions of the Sterling Modular Plan A and went from there.


john12ax7

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 02:00:29 AM »
I made a desk out of 8020 aluminum from 8020.net. Cost about $600 in parts. You have to assemble it yourself, obviously. It works great and it's customizable. I basically just used the rough dimensions of the Sterling Modular Plan A and went from there.



This looks nice.  Do you have any more pics of different views to see how it all fits together?

fazer

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 11:35:01 AM »
Yes very nice.  Would love to see the structure beneath. 

fazer

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 11:38:55 AM »
Looked on 8020.net. Kind of explains it.   Useful for all kinds of projects.

Gold

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2019, 02:30:28 PM »
I love T-slot framing. I had my console frame built before I knew about it. I would use 80/20 if I had to do it over again.

There are a vast number of options for connecting plates and brackets. I’ve settled on two  hole L brackets for almost all joining duties. I’d suggest using button head hex screws.

Here is my test bench setup built with 1” 10 series parts.

john12ax7

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2019, 02:52:43 PM »
Which series would be the most long term useful and bang for the buck, the 1"?

On the website I only saw a few different angle choices,  can things be made and fastened together at arbitrary angles?


Gold

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2019, 03:04:12 PM »
Which series would be the most long term useful and bang for the buck, the 1"?

It depends on how large and how much weight it has to support. The 1" is much less expensive than the 1.5"

Quote
On the website I only saw a few different angle choices,  can things be made and fastened together at arbitrary angles?

There are pivot point connectors that allow any angle. There is also design software. They will do custom machining for a reasonable price too.

john12ax7

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2019, 03:16:55 PM »
Thanks,  I will look into the pivot connectors.

Gold

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2019, 03:28:25 PM »
They also have a number of fixed angle brackets. They can probably make any angle bracket you want. The advantage to the pivot connector is that it will take a butt cut of the framing on each side. With angle brackets the framing needs to be cut at that angle.

Personally I only use butt cuts. If you are comfortable with mechanical engineering you might have the confidence to know it's all going to work. I always seem to be somewhat winging it. I like to be able to have some options in case I missed something when I was planning it out.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2019, 03:35:00 PM by Gold »

Gold

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2019, 11:39:39 AM »
Here is an equipment rack I made out of the 10 series.

Gold

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2019, 11:41:16 AM »
One more.

alexc

Re: DIY mixing desk furniture?
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2019, 04:38:21 AM »
Some nice furniture builds there :)

I like to use low cost materials to make studio furn ..  I have some metal rails which I can cut to the required lengths, and the rest is pure wood work, some metal work  and so on.

Modular approches ..   I like to 're-purpose' old timber furniture, to the studio role  and fit with some custom wood/metal racks.

My fav is the 'wrap around'   thing  with nice wooden surrounds   and  well fitted key audio pieces.

Studio furniture is an art  ...  way down here, old timber furniture pieces go begging for people to buy them.  Fine woods from way  back ...  perfect for making beautiful wooden bespoke studio furniture.

I like a digital audio desk  on an antique (repro prolly)  dickens desk  :)
I ping therefore I am


 

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