We’re big fans of recycling things into new and better things here at Lifehacker. Today’s featured workspace aptly turns a bunch of wine cases into a sturdy and storage-friendly desk.
Lifehacker reader Brian Nuckelt was sick of crappy particle board tests. He decided he could do much better for much less by building it himself. He kept his eye out for some material to recycle into a new desk and lucked out by finding a bunch of wine cases out on a curb, destined for the trash.
We’d recommend, if you want to build a similar desk, to look for a similar find or ask around at local wine stores. You’d have to drink 96 bottles of wine to get the 8 cases that Brian used to build his desk.
The desk is constructed of the 8 cases he found, plus a $US60 glass table top he picked up at Ikea. The entire thing is designed to be broken down easily for both rearrangement and moving. The boxes are secured to each other and to the desktop using deep throat C-clamps he picked up for less than a dollar each. Where the C-clamps meet the glass is protected with small rubber pads and the tension is only high enough to grip properly.
Brian’s favourite thing about the design is that when it comes time to move the desk, everything is already in boxes and ready to be moved. He’s had the desk put together for some time now and notes that despite its unconventional appearance it is far sturdier than any previous desk he’s had. You can’t go wrong with a desk made of repurposed materials with plenty of storage and a unique look. Great work Brian!
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