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desk part of the dresk did not need as much
attention since it was just an empty space big
enough to fit my chair and my legs.
The legs and desktop were all done as
part of the dresser construction.
It is all one long countertop on an
while the dresser needed shelves, drawers, and
doors, the desk had to have a few features of
First, having a desk chair on wheels -- in a
van the moves, sometimes dramatically --
called for a way to secure the chair.
The first ploy was to attach a 1” stainless
steel, screw-in ring on each upright, just
under the desktop, and hook a bungee cord
behind the chair and into the rings.
Well, again, not so perfect.
Those little rings got to be awfully
hard to locate in low light, so I soon changed
them out for black cabinet handles, about 3”
high and 1” wide, plenty big enough to hook
with a blind swipe.
So, the dresk was almost done.
At first, I thought it was
done, but after a week or two it was clear
that the desktop needed a few things in order
to be fully functional – AC outlets, USB
ports, drink holders, a shelf -- and I
concocted an idea of how to do them all in
It took a while to figure out how to secure a
shelf under that window.
Finally, it became obvious that it
would be much easier to secure it to the desk,
using an inverted step setup in such a way
that it extended right up to the steel wall
under the window flange.
There are 4 such sets, in pairs, with a 7”
space inside each pair, and an 18” space
between the 2 inner steps.
A 14” x 4.5” cedar panel adorns the
front of each pair, with a 3.5” recessed
grommet AC/USB outlet in the center.
The panel on the left pair also
accommodates the driver side dimmer switch for
the puck lights.
My original plan had these outlets just lying
flush on the desktop, but that was flirting
I knew that, at some point, I would
leave the window open and a deluge would
strike, flooding and shorting the outlets. I
also knew that, at some point, I would spill
my drink all over the desktop, flooding and
shorting the outlets.
With this arrangement, though, the
vertically-oriented outlets should be safe. I
even have a slight overhang above them, so if
any rainwater does come in, it will drip
harmlessly past them.
The dotted lines on the diagram below show the
locations of the 2 black aluminum recessed
drink holders that I barely fit in the shelf. That
took some precise measuring and almost became
a significant screw-up, but, hey, we’re
talking drink holders here, well worth
the extra effort. Including
the Driver’s Desk, I now have 12 drink holders
throughout my van.
That oughta be enough for one guy,
I didn’t think the desk
could be considered complete until the floor
under it looked acceptable.
I had not been careful while staining
the frame, so there were plenty of
cognac-colored splotches on the sub-floor
which warranted covering up.
But, especially, the crappy, cheap, green
indoor/outdoor carpet that I procured a week
after buying Maxx, was in a really sorry state
by now. It
had been cut back again and again to make room
for the trunk, the sink, and now the dresk,
and each time it was just a rough hack with
the boxcutter to chop it out of the way.
It looked like a scrap, which wasn’t so bad
when everything else was rough too, but
now that things were coming together, I
definitely needed an upgrade.
I wasn’t ready for the final vinyl
tile floor yet, though, so I bought a crappy,
cheap brown indoor/outdoor carpet.
the exact measurements for the 3 constructions
– trunk, sink, dresk
– and the size of the subfloor, it was an easy
map out the perfect cut.
I laid out the full rug on Brian’s garage
floor and carefully measured and marked out
the chart in Sharpie.
There were a couple of moments of
confusion, though, since I had started marking
it opposite of the direction the van was
I had to keep reminding myself that I was
marking it in mirror-image, since I was
looking at the underside of it.
But I had a chilled pale ale to calm my nerves
and unthink the overthinks and made all the
I wanted the rug to be easily
removable, since my final tile version figured
to be just a few months away, so I installed
it with screws, zzzmmming one in every few
feet all the way around.
And this time it was perfect, right
down to the wraparound-down-and-under at the