Ham Shack Desk Riser

Was running out of room on the desk and after spending several hours perusing┬áthe “Ham Shack” images on Google, I settled on a simple box design which would.

  1. Allow the previously wasted space under the monitors to be utilized.
  2. Provide a space to stow the keyboard, mouse and notebook for times when I want to use the desk for other purposes.
  3. Get the radio and other key readouts more closely grouped to the monitors so as not to require turning of the head to view key operational metrics.
  4. Be within my limited wood working capabilities.
pic of the installed desk riser

Desk riser

The body is made from oak veneer plywood which has been ripped into two 24 inch wide strips. From these two strips the top, bottom and dividers were cut. The legs are made from paint grade dimensional trim, and the front is covered in 3/4 oak trim.

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Several coats of a combination stain/poly product was used to provide an attractive and durable finish.

So far the riser has been a great addition to the ham shack.

73’s until next time, Jay

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9 Responses

  1. AB3JF says:

    Love this so much that I commissioned one to be built with a couple modifications. First, it’s only 18″ deep instead of 24″. Second, I had the interior compartment cut into halves instead of thirds. Finally, I asked to have the interior divider be one inch shorter so the top shelf overhangs, and then a 1/2″ groove will be routed in the underside of the top shelf to hide a strip of LEDs for downcast lighting onto my equipment. Will let you know when it’s complete.

    • Jay Duthler says:

      Cool I would love to see that once installed. I also thought about an LED strip under the top, and have since put an LED fixture on the underside of the shelf above and it does a great job. The less depth is a good move as it can be a challenge at times seeing and getting your hands to the back of radios with the current depth. My current challenge is an effective mount for antenna switches, and a winter project I have decided is an open ended rectangular box with two slots on the front thru which I can run cables with right angle connectors into switches.

      • AB3JF says:

        My desk riser is finished, except for the undershelf lighting. While experimenting with those LEDs, I found that they use PWM for dimming and that was generating a lot of RF interference. I’ll look at other options.

        http://imgur.com/a/ieuul

        • Jay Duthler says:

          Looks nice, too bad about the lighting I wonder if choke on the leads would address the RF noise.

          73, Jay

          • AB3JF says:

            I don’t think so because the LED strip is acting as an antenna for the PWM signal being sent through it for light control. The only solution I can think of is to use a single color analog strip (white, obviously) and just use some kind of pot to trim the power supply.

  2. AB3JF says:

    Wanted to come back and show the finished lighting on my version. I added some photos to the album listed above. I think it worked great. Cheap Walmart LED strips (in the automotive section) worked perfectly.

    http://imgur.com/a/yqkhJ

  3. Jim Peisker says:

    How are the sections joined? Glue, screws, dowels….?
    Not enough detail in the photos to see any joinery techniques.

    • admin says:

      Jim,

      I used biscuits everywhere and in the few places such as the legs which I could not effectively clamp, in conjunction with a trim screw.

      73, Jay

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