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Old 06-03-2009, 12:36 AM   #1
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Default The Ikea pit (sort of)

New pit/desk build





After several years of fruitless flying at my desk I decided to take the plunge.

I have always been one to make my own kit, I trawl forum after forum soaking up knowledge and until now I have never had anywhere to put the stuff that I make, but that was about to change.

FSC2009 was a flight simulator event held in Weston super mare and I am fortunate enough to be one of the event organisers, but in order to really help I hade to make a setup for my flight sim so it could be set up and flown by the public. Not having a desk this proved a little difficult. But after knocking up some boxes I managed to achieve this:




All setup at the helicopter museum.


Looking odd but worked a treat with my own panels.

I nagged and nagged the other half and joking she said I could build a pit as long as it looked like a desk. This got me thinking – 1 trip to BandQ later I started work.


This is the area I have to work with. I need to make the most of it.

The desk is designed with 5 sections. 2 of them form side walls, another is a monitor shelf and centre console, a central “between the knees” section and a fold away top that becomes a wall to shield me from the outside world.


Work begins. This will be the top. It needs to be cut in 3 different directions, its too bug for the band saw so I become VERY good at jig sawing in neat lines. TIP – Laser guided jigsaws LIE.


This is the hinged section folded flat, looks nice and neat.
When cutting large pieces of wood that are the same size on all sides – run some lines across them before you cut, it really helps keep it all making sense.


The finished hinged section.


The idea is that when folded flat, this will bear my weight, so it needs to be strong .


Test fitting the sides and monitor shelf.

This is a quick fast forward to the sides being test fitted after fixing them with shelf’s.

The holes in the sides are to allow wiring to pass from one side of the desk/pit to the other without training everywhere. The will pass through the monitor shelf section. Notice how one of the sides is cut down, the cut away has been kept and will be put back into place but hinged so it can drop away to the side when I want to fly and stay up to help support the top section.


The side sections need doors – here they are.


This is the monitor shelf (its resting against a wall) The holes in the side match the ones in the side sections and the front is hinged to allow for access.




This shows the internal construction a little better and the hinged front.


Painting begins, she chose the colour. (part of our bargain) The bit ill be interested in is on the inside of these sections.


The side flaps are held up with little brass slide bolts.


This shows the drop down section a little better.


The slide bolt on the left section.

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Old 06-03-2009, 12:37 AM   #2
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Sorry - had to contiinue in a new post.


The right hand section pained black.


And the left.




View from the front


The monitor shelf from the front all painted.


Says it all really.



The finished article, looks like a desk, wife likes it, looks normalish.


But then this happens!!!


The top of the desk folds in half and is fixed to the wall on the right by a hook, the right hand side of the desk top is attached to the right side section with 2 heavy hinges, this allows the whole thing to lift up and out of the way easily.

My collective is on rails and extends passed the desk to the perfect position by my left hand. The panel on the right is now complicated enough to allow me to fly DCS Blackshark without a keyboard. But as the keyboard looks so bloody pretty , it gets mounted on the monitor shelf.


My right hand panel, monitor is my GPS in flight sim and will hopefully by my schvall (sp) in DCS.




Lit up at night.

There we have it, everyone is happy, I get a cockpit – she gets a neat lounge.

Thank you for reading my huge write up.

Talisman

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Old 06-03-2009, 01:14 AM   #3
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That is sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!

good job!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:55 AM   #4
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Awesome stuff!!

I've been thinking about building me a cockpit with side panels and all, and what you built there is exactly what im looking for, very cool
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:17 AM   #5
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Fantastic job mate
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Sweet.
Can you give us some more details on your collective? I can't see it very well on the pictures.
Thanks.
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Have you proposed the idea to Ikea? Could be a hit within sim world.
Nice Job!
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:50 PM   #8
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Sweet.
Can you give us some more details on your collective? I can't see it very well on the pictures.
Thanks.
Of course I can - pics to follow.

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Have you proposed the idea to Ikea? Could be a hit within sim world.
Nice Job!
I might do that - but by the time it hits the shelves it will be baby blue with built in lava-lamps and an electric tin opener.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:10 PM   #9
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You've just upped IKEA's reputation by a mile!
Great work, man - impressive how you got so much out of so little, and such a primitive start. (Ikea)
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:25 PM   #10
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Wow man it never ceases to amaze what guys can pull off! Great looking set-up! I'll bet you got a lot of great comments!
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