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Desk Organizer

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João Leão

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João Leão

General Information

After finishing my project for the Easel Power Hour challenge I saw that my desk was a complete mess! Full of post-it notes, markers, tools and headphones all scattered around my working space.
This gave me an idea, if I have this problem many more have it too, and so my second project was born!

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Material Description Price
Blue MDF Sheet

Blue MDF Sheet (×3)

Dimensions: 8 in × 12 in Dont use, Thickness: 1/4 in

Carbide Tip Straight 2 Flute - 1/2 in Cutting x 1/4 in Shank

Carbide Tip Straight 2 Flute - 1/2 in Cutting x 1/4 in Shank

Cutting Diameter: 1/2 in, Cutting Length: 3/4 in, Shank Diameter: 1/4 in


Carbide Tip Upcut Single Flute - 1/8 in Cutting x 1/8 in Shank

Carbide Tip Upcut Single Flute - 1/8 in Cutting x 1/8 in Shank

Quantity: 1, Shank Diameter: 1/8 in, Cutting Diameter: 1/8 in


Clear Acrylic Sheet - Cast

Clear Acrylic Sheet - Cast

Dimensions: 8 in × 12 in, Thickness: 1/2 in, Material Type: Cast


Gorilla Wood Glue

Gorilla Wood Glue

Gorilla Wood Glue - 8 oz

Pure Tung Oil

Pure Tung Oil

8 oz bottle of pure tung oil


Sanding Sponge

Sanding Sponge

Fine/Medium Sanding Sponge

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from Inventables



2 minutes

As soon as I finished my first project I came across with a problem, my desk was a mess! This gave me an idea, if I have this problem many more have it too, and so my second project was born! A stackable desk organizer to unclutter your desk, that goes along perfectly with your computer stand:
This organizer has a tray four trays, one for markers, Coffe cup, Post It and Headphones.
Unfortunately I didnt have the time to prototype this project but as soon as I try it at the local Fablab I’ll post some pictures and more details.
Feel free to play around with mdf and acrylic colours or using some hardwood for this project, would love to see some of the results.

Extra BOM:
- Smooth Rode 4mm diameter x 300mm
- 20mm coloured or regular mdf (Only if you don’t want to glue boards together)
- 10mm Cork board (If you use it for the legs on the Computer Stand you have some scrap that is perfect, otherwise de 12.7mm acrylic sold at the inventables shop works perfectly as a heat insulator and alternative)


Glueing and Carving

60 minutes

glue 3 of the coloured mdf that Inventables sell on their online shop, leave it to dry over night.

This carving project is a bit more challenging than normal, but if you follow along it will go just fine. This has two sided milling so you have to screw a couple of guide lines using some scrap wood, so your board fits perfectly so when you flip it you don’t misalign your project.

We will start with milling the bottom part of the trays, using a 1/8in milling bit (3mm) when we finish this first part we will have to flip our work piece vertically (Y-axis direction of your xcarve).

Then we will change to the bigger 1/2 in milling bit (12mm) to mill the bigger pocket milling program on easel.

To finish off change to the final 1/8 in milling bit (3mm) for the smaller pocket and for the final cut, the same bit is used to cut the acrylic disk for the coffee cup so leave it on.

Screw the acrylic board and mill the final carving program.



15 minutes

For the Post-It side arc hole we have to use a 15mm foster drilling bit. Best advice is for you to start with a smaller diameter drill and build up using a press drill, don’t forget to always double measure before you start and secure well the part to the press drill.
If you bought the smooth rode with its final length use a pipe with de desired curvature so you can curve it to hold the headphones.


Sanding and Finishing

30 minutes

With everything done its time for some sanding, starting with a low grit and increasing as you go giving it a good finish. Use either oil or a acrylic varnish depending on your preference, don’t forget to test it on a scrap piece before you apply to your final pieces.

lua delrio
The cut it's really in 60 min?
lua delrio
João Leão
If you use the specified milling bits listed in the BOM yes it will take 60min, otherwise the milling times will vary according to the diameter of the bit
João Leão
Jorge Pinto
Muito bom, Joao! Parabens pelo trabalho
Jorge Pinto
David Thermos
Nice design composition which relaxes my mind knowing that important things have an organized place to rest. Where does your phone get placed? -David, Legacy Architecture Studio
David Thermos