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If there's one thing that's bound to ruin the form and function of an organized desk, it's a bunch of unruly wires and cables. Luckily there's a simple solution: a DIY desk organizer that arranges all your tech essentials into one tidy spot. We've created this minimal plywood piece that keeps cables separated, and it also provides a space for displaying your favorite plant. Because, why not?
Things You'll Need
Plywood board, 4-3/4 inches by 6 inches
Wood drill bit
Saw or jigsaw
Hole saw attachment
Grab a ruler and mark the following points at one of the shorter ends of the plywood: 3/4 inch, 1-3/4 inch, 2-3/4 inch, and 3 3/4 inch. Draw a 1-inch pencil line at these points.
Repeat the above step, however this time draw pencil lines at these measurements: 1inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, and 4 inches. These lines indicate where your cables slots will be. (You can also customize these measurements according to how many slots you'll need.)
Take a pencil and box off the top of the slots. Drill through the top of the slot using a power drill with a wood drill bit no wider than a 1/4 inch.
TIP: Place some scrap wood underneath to protect your work surface when drilling.
Secure the plywood with a hand clamp and cut along the pencil lines with a jigsaw or hand saw to reveal the slots. Use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.
You can leave the cable organizer as it is, but we wanted to incorporate a snazzy plant feature into ours. To do this, measure the width of a small plant pot (ours was three inches wide.) Then take a hole saw with the same diameter and draw around it with a pencil to indicate where the plant pot will sit on the organizer.
Insert the hole saw attachment to your power drill and cut out the hole you've marked in the previous step. Pop in your planter to finish.
TIP: Instead of the plant, a scented candle or pen pot would also look great.
Voilà, one tangle-free workspace!