Granite Inlaid Solid Wood Computer Gaming Desk – DIY project

Granite Inlaid Solid Wood Computer Gaming Desk – DIY project

Today I’m going to show you how I built
my super huge, granite inlaid solid wood desk. Each of these chunks right here are pieces
of granite that I got for free from a counter shop that was just throwing them away. The legs are made of piping and I’ll explain
a little bit more about that as well. So here’s where I’m at so far. I’m making a giant, 7 foot long granite
inlaid desk. I got these three quarter inch thick ones
just because it will take less wood out of the desk. I have some thicker pieces of granite, but
when you’re taking that much wood out of the total desk space it’s going to leave
it pretty structurally unsound. So the thinner the pieces of granite are,
the more sturdy the desk will be. I have a bunch more granite slabs over there. As far as positioning of the granite goes,
I have this piece right here which used to be one. I thought it would be pretty cool to spread
them out a little bit. And then as far as the rest of them go, I
kind of want to keep the same grain of the granite. Even though these are entirely different,
chunks that are broken off, they have that dark streak kind of going left to right. I want to kind of keep that uniform throughout
the table to keep a general theme of it. And then as I’m using my plunger-outer to
cut out the holes. I have marked this with a pencil and I’ve
left a little piece of wood right here so as I router out this space around here, this
will keep it steady and even with the top of the table so I don’t end up with uneven
chunks at the bottom, and I’ll show you what I mean later on. Now all I have to do is finish routing out
the other slots for the other pieces of granite and I’ll figure out how to fill this gap
between the granite and the wood. I’ve started to seal the blocks down into
the wood. I’ve taken some liquid nails and some wood
glue and I’ve dripped it into the hole and then set the granite slabs on top of that
to kind of seal it into the back of the wood. And then I started taking wood filler and
putting it around the outside of the granite and the inside of the wood and that’s worked
out pretty well so far. One thing that really helped me lay the wood
filler in-between the granite and the wood is when I started I was using my finger and
a knife and putting it in-between, but it was spreading out too far in the wood and
I’m afraid that’s going to look bad when I finally stain it. So what I did is I bought one of these dollar
ketchup dispensers from Walmart and filled it up with the wood filler, and then I can
take it and squeeze it into the crack between the granite and the wood and that makes it
a lot less messy. I also tried an experiment with the liquid
nails. Liquid nails says it’s stainable so we’re
going to find that out. I used these two front pieces entirely with
liquid nails. So I’m going to take those and sand them
down later, clean them up and then we’ll see how well they stain. What’s nice with the wood filler though,
is that I can take it and it’s rough right now, but as soon as it’s going to dry it
leaves it a little bit tacky and you can just tap it down into the hole and kind of clean
up that hole a lot better than it would normally. One block left and then I’ll let it dry
for a day and then stain it and see what happens. Let me talk for a minute about the base that
I’m using for the desk. It is a pipe base. Basically the whole thing is made out of pipes. Starting with this leg here you can see that
I have the base and then I have a t-joint after a 4 inch straight piece. And then that branches out. And I’m going to link all of the different
parts of this base in the video description below. I’ll put a link there to where all the parts
are. So I have this bar right here space as the
two legs. Then I have another t-joint up here that moves
across, and a t-joint here that moves up. So there are a total of 4 legs around the
side that you can see here. And then there’s the one leg here, up in
the center, that goes up towards the back. That’s where my monitor stand is going to
be so this adds another little bit of support in the center of the back of the desk. And I’ve put all of my weight on that and
it even distributes it down these legs over here which is really nice. So the desk is going to be pretty darn sturdy. Another thing that’s nice about the desk
is that the garage floor isn’t quite even, you can see that there’s a little bit of
discrepancy between the concrete slabs, but at each of the joints you can see the base,
the 4 inch piece and the t-joint, you can screw it in a little bit more or a little
bit less and then the top will be exactly where you want it. So I learned a couple things while staining
the top of this desk. A) Stain does stick to granite, so I’m going
to have to find a way to get that off. After I noticed that, I did switch around
and start taping off the pieces of granite so hopefully the rest of them won’t end
up quite as marked up. Now it’s all uncovered and ready to be put
in the office – slash my bedroom. So I’m getting the base of the table all
screwed into place, and all of the tops are measured so they’re all the exact same height. So I’m pretty happy with how the desk turned
out. I used two different types of granite just
to kind of see how they would differ. So we have the white granite in the back,
and that’s just like a matte finish. It’s not super glossy or anything, and I
think it looks alright. But I actually prefer this darker granite
right here that is super glossy. You can see the refection of the light right
there and the door frame. So I think having a bunch of super glossy
pieces embedded in the wood would look really cool. The one thing that I would do differently,
is I tried using liquid nails right here because it said it was stainable. It actually did not stain very well and I
don’t like how it looks. I mean it’s not terrible, but where I used
the wood filler it blends in a lot easier with the granite. So next time I will use wood filler for all
of the granite pieces instead of liquid nails. So what’s fun about this set up is I have
my new desk here and I have my old desk here. And if you remember, this is the one I did
the wireless charging through the bottom of the desk. I’ll post a link for that video here as
well. And so since it’s right next to my bed I
can just take my phone, put it right on my desk and have it wirelessly charge through
the desk during the night. This is also where I do all my phone repair
videos as well. I’ll set up my light box and my camera mount
and tripod here so I can film those videos right next to my editing station. So this is it. And as you can tell it’s pretty darn sturdy. [Clap] [Clap] [Clap] Thanks a ton for watching. If you have any questions, make sure to leave
them down in the comments below. Don’t forget to “like” if you enjoyed
this project and don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching!

63 thoughts on “Granite Inlaid Solid Wood Computer Gaming Desk – DIY project

  1. That is superb, I was wondering maybe you could of done the placement of the granite so one piece doubled up as the surface for your pc mouse ? Not sure if it would work properly depending on the mouse you use. I know my G7 does not work on glass, metal or anything that reflects laser…

  2. Turned out awesome! I agree, dark and glossy looks so good. Super jealous of all the monitors. Keep up the hard work!!

  3. Oh man, the duplication effect at 6:46 would've been perfect if it weren't for the quick cut and different lighting! That was a great idea. Thanks for the video, I'm gonna try to make my own.

  4. Horrible cable management, disgusting choice of desk colour, 3+ different monitors, and an entry level sound system. I wouldn't ever share my desk if it looked like this atrocity you call a workspace.

  5. not exactly what I thought it was going to be…thought you meant turning entire desk into a computer case……oh well… personally I would have added a couple more pieces looks kinda static…but nice. and not a fan of the metal base.

  6. If you were going to do this without the pipe legs, what would you recommend – I have pretty much the same setup of you Monitor/stand wise – so looking for something durable

  7. Looks nice. What about a difference between stone and wood level? I mean this layer between them. Does the mouse or your hands graze the surface of this layer?

  8. The "wood slab" is just a wood door. You could get one of those from your local door installer using the same trick as the granite. They screw up cutting those all the time…so you could get one cheap/free. Or just offer to buy one of their slow moving ones.

  9. C'mon, Zack. No LED strip lights ? Constantly glowing LED lights are a must for any decent gaming desk.
    Louis sent me here. 🙂

  10. you could do the cuts into the wood test fit but dont glue them yet, Do the stain get everything covered and then place the slabs into the desk then do careful touchup work with the filler, i wonder if stain mixes with filler before filling the holes lol.

  11. Hi. I am building simular table. Can you please help me with 2 things?
    1. I did not find all dimensions of the table. What is width of it?
    2. What did you use to color you pipes? it seams it has matte finish?

    Thanks alot for help. I like your table. You got thumbs up.

  12. Great job! It seems almost every diy project I look up to get tips on, I always find my way back here! Great work!

  13. This was very creative and interesting. I'm loving the idea of a truly "man-made" desk💪🏾. Yep, I'm still binging on your spectacular channel. Dude, I've got 6yrs of catchup binging to do; I've only recently discovered your unique (at least to me) channel…I can't stop watching!

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