Wyatt will be leaving for college next month, so I thought it would be a great time to build a desk organizer he can keep on the desk in his dorm room. This is also a chance for me to revisit my device charging station from a couple years ago and incorporate a USB hub into this design.
There are lots of cubbies and drawers to keep small items in. The little dividers on the top can be customized any way you like.
I started by cutting out four equal sized boards that will become the curved vertical dividers and sides. These are the only 1/2″ (12mm) boards in the project. The other pieces are 1/4″ (6mm) plywood and 1/8″ (3mm) ply for the drawer bottoms.
There are a lot of grooves and they all require exact placement. Follow the cutting guide carefully and take your time. (I still managed to screw up a couple times!)
Once they were all done, I taped the four boards together, glued on the paper cutting template, and cut out the curves using my band saw.
The two dividers in the middle need to be cut shorter. To do this, I lined them up with the shelves and marked them.
Once cut, I began gluing everything together, starting with the bottom shelf. It’s super important that this one is square so that the drawers and shelves will line up properly. Those two blocks increased the clamping area and help keep the sides square.
Then I worked my way up:
The drawers were simple. I glued and tacked together thin strips and attached a thin plywood bottom.
I used some small hole plugs for drawer pulls.
The I attached the rear support. The notch is for the power cord to run through.
This decorative trim molding makes the organizer feel more “grounded”.
I glued on the USB hub using epoxy and then attached the front trim molding. This one has a little cut-out for accessing the hub.
I glued on a small block in the rear to stop the drawer from sliding in too deep. The other two drawers stop perfectly against the back of the organizer. (I got lucky!)
Finally, I cut small strips to create little compartments for the top shelf. Wyatt requested on specifically sized to hold a Companion Cube he 3D printed.
I plugged the power adapter into the USB hub. Finally, I waxed the bottom of the drawers and slid them in place.