DIY Recording Studio Desk
Introduction to my DIY Recording Studio Desk
Making a diy recording studio desk for your gear is a great way to organize your studio, improving your workflow and making your studio look awesome. And it’s not hard. I have no building experience what’s so ever and I was able to make this homemade recording desk in a weekend.
A couple of things before I get into it. One – I am by no means a professional and I’m sure there are easier ways of doing stuff. Two – I used smaller pieces to make the rack sides but I think in future it would be easier to cut one piece of wood.
The design I picked is roughly based on an Argosy desk. I drew it out and came out with a blueprint to get an idea of what I needed and how I was going to go about building my diy argosy desk. A good plan will help you keep on track and not waste a lot of wood.
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I built my desk out of pine which is easy to work with but can be tricky to finish. You can use what ever you like.
So here’s the the materials I used to give you an idea what you will need for my diy workstation plans. All the wood I used was 3/8ths thick. Oh and if I miss labeled parts I’m sorry.
Desk legs and feet
4…. 12 x 12 inch pieces of pine for the legs.
2…. 88 x 2 inch boards for the feet.
Desk frame and rack
14…20 x 36 inch sheets of pine for the frame.
2…8 feet 2×2 for framing and support beams.
180 sand paper
20 wood screws 1/2 inch
Vinyl for the wrist rest
2×4 for the wrist rest
So here’s a few things I’ve learned while dong the build. First, pre drill your holes before screwing because if you don’t the wood will split. And double-check your measurements before you cut. I know this advice is basic wood working 101 but if you’re like me you probably skipped that class.
I just used screws but for future diy studio furniture builds I recommend gluing as well. Just to make the build even more sturdy.
To make the legs I cut 4 12×12 square pieces and for the feet I’m using the 2 inch boards. I centered the legs on the feet boards and put in two 1 1/2 screws.
Along the inside of the desk box I screwed in a 2×2 board an inch from the bottom. Then I placed legs on the inside of the bottom of the board and screwed that to the body plus the 2×2 for extra support.
The outside legs on each rack I cut about 46 inches and the inside legs I cut about 36 inches. So the inside legs don’t get under my chair.
Now that the legs are attached to bottom part of the frame I assembled the rest of the sides. I attached the base middle and rack side pieces together with joining plates. If you’re better with wood then I am you might want to cut the sides as one piece, but this worked out really well too.
Once the sides were finished on my diy studio desk I added two 2×2 boards to join the sides together. Then I added the top part of the rack, table top and front of the rack sides.
I added the rack rails, measured them and tested with a old piece of gear just to be safe.
Table and Wrist Rest
For the table added two longer pieces of wood I had and screwed it to the facing inside side, made sure it was 3/8th ( the height of the table top piece) lower than the table top and screwed them in. Once I was convinced everything was level and the way I like it I screwed it in and my diy recording studio desk was almost done.
For the wrist rest I used left over wood that I used for the feet, screwed them together at a 90 degree angle and covered it with vinyl. You can get a strip for cheap on amazon.
Finishing The DIY Recording Studio Desk
Take some time and give you’re new studio desk a really good sanding. I used a lighter paper like 180 grit.
Finishing is a bit tricky if you are using pine like me. You have to condition the wood first before you stain. If you don’t it turns out really blotchy.
After you condition you have about 12 to 15 hours to stain. I used a rag to rub it in then waited 10 min then wiped clean. The longer you keep the stain on the darker it gets.
I let the desk dry about 15 hours then applied a finish clear coat to give the wood a bit of protection. For that I used a brush and that’s it.
So there you have it. I think the total cost of this build was under $400 which compared to a brand-new Argosy desk is well worth it. This was a surprisingly easy build and I can do a lot more to this recording desk depending on how my workflow changes. If you liked this diy Argosy Desk project build please follow me on YouTube and subscribe. I’m all about diy audio so more of these are coming.