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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    Not sure if anyone here has any ideas but I wanted to throw this out. I'm looking for a type of computer desk. Not something you see at a home but more like a multi pc control center (I just made that up :) )

    This is for work so it would hold at least 2 pc's and a security monitor. A bit of work space and some storage also. I just don't know where to begin to look and was hoping someone here had an idea?

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  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Depending on the budget and or time frame, you could go to a kitchen cabinet maker,
    and have them make you a custom sized top with your choice of laminate.

    You would be amazed at how great some of the better laminates look.

    Then you could just mount it on top of some of those generic oak
    file cabinets that you find at those Oak Express types of furniture stores.
     
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    Thanks Emmet. Just getting back to this. Budget is less than $5000. can't go over that. Time frame will be roughly within one - two months.
    I may try your idea but was hoping others here may know of some companies that do this work so I can at least see some examples, etc.
    I'm just not sure what exactly I want but I don't need any kind of NASA Command Center. Just a simple, efficient design that will look nice.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Lian Li makes a nice aluminum computer desk. It costs $2000, but it's gotten good reviews.
     
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    thanks. It does look OK but I'm not aure I like an all aluminum desk.
     
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    It comes with a leather pad...:hsugh:
     
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    Also, I need to find a good security camera system if anyone knows of one.
    something with at least 4 cameras, DVR, and monitor. Tilt/pan/zoom cams would be nice but probably too much $$. need to be outdoors so will need an enclosure (heated, etc) I imagine.
    Budget $4500-5000.
     
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    sold.

    :bowdown:
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    www.jinco.com
     
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    you can get a good work setup from Herman Miller. Our buildings were furnished with their items and all were top notch. Your budget can handle it. They have a lot artsy fartsy supplies, but they also have a lot more industrial heavy duty items.

    A command center style desk is what you're looking for. There are contractors that specialize in custom computer setups... Look them up.
     
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    http://www.poetictech.com/
    Very cool desks, but I figure they're very expensive, too. Never actually requested a quote, myself.

    Edit: 5500 for the Aura, apparently :rofl:
     
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  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The Aura looks seriously impressive, but at the end of the day you want
    to have everything in the exact spot that it needs to be. And I think the best way to get that done, is to design it yourself.
    You could probably get better pricing from just a normal cabinet maker shop.
    They can do anything that a supposed specialty computer desk supplier can.
    And as a plus, the material choices are all yours to make.

    And with a budget of 5k, you could put together a seriously beautiful looking
    work area.
    All you have to do is draw it up.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    Don't forget that designing something custom requires him to be absolutely sure where he wants everything to be, and know in advance what every piece of equipment that he'll ever use is. While a custom desk might provide a perfect fit, a prebuilt one will allow for more flexibility.
     
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    My uncle has several computers in his office, and his desk solution was very simple. He has a counter-tops around two sides of his office, cabinets underneath for storage in some places, and just a small normal desk in the middle of the room for work stuff, no computer.
     
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    thanks for everything so far.

    deusexaethera - I looked at the www.jinco.com link and they look pretty good. FOr some reason the powers above do not want a PC based securuty system??????? I may be able to persuade them thogh so I'll proce out something on their site. Have you personally used them?

    Alot of great desk ideas. Still haven't found the perfect one yet. At another facility we had a desk from http://www.evansonline.com/ . It was about 15k though and was much more elaborate than my needs.

    If I could sketch something up and have a few cabinet makers come out and give me some quotes I may do that. I'd just like to find some pictures online to get some ideas though. The monies for this desk is part of a much larger expansion. It's going out for bid so the contracter that gets the bid may have a company in mind. That may help but if I find something in the mean time then that could be better in the long run.

    I found this one on Evansonline. It's pretty basic and would be Ik but I'd like to have it to where at least two people could sit at (footroom, etc. ).

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    thanks again and keep any other suggestions coming.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    For me, a custom built desk from my specs would be a big deal.

    For one thing, I have over 15 years in machine shops over the years, and
    it's fairly easy for me to look at a desk from a blueprint point of view.
    So being forward thinking would be pretty simple as far as what the desk would hold.

    Secondly, the issue of size would be a big plus. If I were making a desk for myself, I would start with the most perfect fitting chair I could get my hands on, and make the desk fit around it.

    I've got an old wood office desk, and it bugs me that I can't cross my legs under the desk.
    But if I designed my own, depth, width, height, number of shelves, height of shelves,
    etc, etc, etc, would all be up to me ftw.

    I've actually been kicking it around for some time now.
    At one point in time, I had a recliner with a wireless keyboard, mouse and
    one of those study trays that are padded on the bottom.
    I would just lay back, and surf the net in disgusting comfort.

    I want to do that again, only with a desk designed around it. :cool:
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    Oh, don't get me wrong, custom-made stuff kicks ass. My grandfather left my father a bunch of handmade furniture (school desk, workbench, garden bench, coffee table, more chairs than anyone really needs) and they're among the best stuff we own. I'm just saying, unless you know exactly what you want, you can get screwed by your own lack of foresight; mass-market stuff at least has the benefit of being good enough for most people.
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well one thing in favor of mass marketing stuff, is that they often
    allow for easy shelf adjustment, whereas with the various furniture,
    toy boxes, etc that I've made over the years, I went with the permanent
    fixture is a stronger fixture mindset. I must say, that I've never regretted
    any of my projects at a later date though.
    Probably because I'm so absurdly anal about details. :mamoru:
     

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