Intro Well, I've set out on a journey, and I thought I would take you guys along for the ride. I've decided to build my very own computer desk -- from scratch -- and although I don't have any experience, I've got good facilities to use, a good 'teacher' who will help me from time to time, and a (hopefully) good idea for a desk. The Motivation I got a new house last September, and a new 2.8 Core 2 Dou 24" iMac this February. I have an old desk I am using now, but it really doesn't do the iMac justice. Currently my setup is downstairs, hiding in the deep corner of the house... when it should be out in the open getting all the attention. Also, at night if I am down on the computer and my wife is in the kitchen or in the living room, we won't see eachother for hours on end. We'd like to have the computer upstairs so we 'see eachother' more at night time. The Idea My wife agreed to turn our current living room into a "den" and our current formal living room into the new "living room". This will make it easy for us to spend more time with eachother since the den, kitchen, and living room are all right next to eachother, and will also get the computer up front-and-center in the house for all to see! Anyway, as for the desk, my main goal was to show off the computer, putting it well within sight, and eliminating cord clutter as much as possible. I wanted to maintain a simple, elegant, modern design, with a dark stain that would match some of the other furniture in our house. Because of this, I designed a very simple 'writer's desk' type of design with three main drawers and one hidden drawer which would house all of my electronics such as hard drives, iPods, cameras, etc. The hidden drawer idea -- I think -- is very cool because the only cords you will see are the 4-5 cords coming from the computer, through a grommet, apparently to under the desk and then no where. The only think you will see coming out of the desk will be a single power cord plugged into the wall. The drawer will include a server-grade surge protector and every electronic I own! I think it should turn out pretty cool. I will continue to post photos and details as the project progresses. UPDATE: Here is a "teaser" image for you of the finished result.