Learn how-to make a Stand-Up Computer Desk and many other types of modern-rustic furniture in this short tutorial brought to you by Colorado Springs, Colorado wood and metal artist Mitchell Dillman of Colorado Rock-n-Logs.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~Norman Vincent Peale
Properly Plan for Success
As with everything in life, when crafting custom-order furniture, good planning is perhaps the most important factor for success. Spending the time to properly plan your project will save you from disappointment and frustration on your actual build, making the execution pure pleasure.
First, work with your customer to gain as much information as possible. Define what the furniture will be used for and any specific details they desire, as well as specific dimensions for each piece of furniture.
Watch Make a Stand-Up Computer Desk Day 1 – Go Man Go!
Most ‘custom order’ furniture is designed with a specific spot or location in mind, as well as a specific end user. This makes the final dimensions most critical.
This Stand-Up Computer Desk was crafted with specific dimensions supplied by, then re-confirmed by our customer.
Execute the Plan
After all the questions are answered and planning complete, it’s time to go to work. And when working with Live-Edge wooden components less is always more.
Watch Stand-Up Office Desk Day 2 – Measure Twice Cut Once
When ‘laying out’ the pieces of wood for your furniture let nature do the work. Feature the knots in the wood and differences in the grain, these characteristics are what ‘Modern-Rustic’ furniture is all about.
Working with Metal
Everything has its own process and requires a different mindset. Working with metal is no different. Here, its’ all about consistency and continuity.
There are always multiple factors to consider when working with metal components to be used with furniture, most importantly is function.
Great furniture design will always consider every users needs – whether they know it or not. ~Mitchell Dillman
I incorporate adjustable and protective feet into all of my furniture designs.
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Pre-Assembly Saves the Day
When designing any piece of furniture for the first time, especially one that will require ‘on-site assembly’, it is always best to preform a ‘dry-fit’, or pre-assembly, prior to completing stain, paint and final finish.
Watch Stand-Up Computer Desk Day 3 – Dry Fitting Custom Furniture
Testing your design prior to final assembly will always pay off.
If there have been any details overlooked or you need to make alterations to your original plan, now is the time. It is always easier to cut, weld, grind, or sand your way though any needed changes before the paint and final finish go on.
Delivery Pays the Rent
For me, assembly day and delivery day are always on my mind. From the moment I start any custom order the clock is ticking. After all, delivery pays the rent.
Watch Stand-Up Computer Desk Final Build and Delivery Day
Not to mention that feeling of satisfaction you get when you get to see your customers first reaction to their new, one-of-a-kind, custom made furniture. The look they get on their face is always priceless!
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