Fabricating the Alcove Component

Just a quick photo dump of build I did on Friday. I learned some things worked out better than I expected, while other things went wrong that I didn’t see coming. Take a look!

Here is Ball State's CNC machine. This build takes 2 sheets of plywood.
Here is Ball State’s CNC machine. This build takes 2 sheets of plywood.
1/4" nuts, bolts and washers from any hardware store near you! These attach the components to the wall.
1/4″ nuts, bolts and washers from any hardware store near you! These attach the components to the wall.
Here is the completed project! The chair space is actually quite comfy and a good height.
Here is the completed project! The chair space is actually quite comfy and a good height.
The overhanging shelf component holds up my old backpack! This surface isn't level, but it can still support some weight.
The overhanging shelf component holds up my old backpack! This surface isn’t level, but it can still support some weight.
Now switching to the other end of the wall, we see the storage space and shelves. As a friend pointed out, the shelves are too deep to be nice for books. Maybe this could have boxes or sliding cabinets attached so you can access the deep end.
Now switching to the other end of the wall, we see the storage space and shelves. As a friend pointed out, the shelves are too deep to be nice for books. Maybe this could have boxes or sliding cabinets attached so you can access the deep end.
Here is a shot of the 2 plywood pieces, attached by a bolt. The 3/4 inch plywood is on bottom for the wall, and the 1/2 inch plywood is above for the shelf. Thanks to Huy for renting out your books for my photo shoot!
Here is a shot of the 2 plywood pieces, attached by a bolt. The 3/4 inch plywood is on bottom for the wall, and the 1/2 inch plywood is above for the shelf. Thanks to Huy for renting out your books for my photo shoot!
Inside the shelf, I added slots to allow for space for the plywood pegs of the wall. Turned out nice!
Inside the shelf, I added slots to allow for space for the plywood pegs of the wall. Turned out nice!

Here is a video of the piece being cut out from the CNC mill at Ball state. The video is a bit loud.

A few things that need to be improved for the next iteration:

1. The desk needs more structure. It will hold up a laptop but I don’t think you can lean on it…

2. The desk might need more room. Maybe it extends past the wall. You need more space if you use a mouse and keyboards because as of right now it doesn’t fit.

3. Some sort of cross bracing should be added. Sometimes it shifts and there is nothing stopping it from torquing.

4. Bookshelves need something to make them more efficient. Maybe sliding drawers, boxes, or something like that.

5. Rail or some sort of object to rest your feet up on. Especially important for the short people out there.

6. Adjustable seat height.

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