Desks Desk

Published on January 7th, 2014 | by colsey


Alex “Cavour” Desk

The plan


The Alex drawer unit
alex drawer unit

Desk frame and legs
desk frame
desk frame

Cutting down Alex to align with frame
Cutting down Alex to align with frame

Frame attached to Alex with modified towel rail
Frame attached to Alex with modified towel rail

Ikea cord tidy
Ikea cord tidy

Drawer bracket
Drawer bracket

Top drawer from Alex, chopped to 2/3 depth, with frame
Top drawer from Alex, chopped to 2/3 depth, with  frame.

The Desk


Gorm, sweet Gorm for feral cats
Vinäger lampshade

The Author

17 Responses to Alex “Cavour” Desk

  1. Carlos says:

    Not much of a hack, more like DIY Mollinos Cavour desk and use Alex as a drawer. Nice craftsmanship though.

  2. Gregory says:

    What about legs, self made? If yes please wrote a bit more about it.

  3. Alvaro says:

    Is very beatiful

  4. Archibald Tuttle says:

    Nice work!

  5. pwm78 says:

    Nice desk! I think it is an excellent hack, especially like cutting down the Alex unit and re-using the drawer on the right. I find desks are too tall for long hours of computer keyboarding. What height is the desktop?

  6. Helena says:

    wow! – lovely! :) :)

  7. Arian says:


  8. FL Mom says:

    I dunno, Mr. Carlos. Cutting the drawer set and making the leftover into the “floating” drawer puts it into the Hack category instead of the simple Idea category.

  9. Hans says:

    Droolworthy! :D

  10. Mrtotof says:

    Hi, does anybody knows if the organiser used in the seperated drawer is from Ikea ? If yes, what’s its name ? thanks

  11. Gregory says:

    This organizer is called SUMMERA

  12. colsey says:

    Thanks for all your comments. Yes, the organizer is SUMMERA, which is really for MALM drawers but can be hacked to fit most drawers. Desk is 28″ high, which suits me. A Cavour desk, apart from costing $15K for a modern reproduction, is enormous, far too big for my home office. While keeping the general proportions and balance of the 1949 original, my desk is scaled down to fit my room (and budget :-) ). The legs are poplar from Home Depot, each one made from about 10 individual pieces glued together then sanded and painted. 3/8″ glass top weighs a ton and the legs are stressed with the cantilever shape, but seem to be holding up well. The floating drawer and sliders are 5″ shorter than the others and it has a symmetrical finished back, giving it a clean look under the glass top.

  13. Kenny Lee says:

    wondering if you would reproduce and sell those legs

  14. Derek larney says:

    I’d be interested in purchasing legs too ! my DIY skills aren’t that go but if I had the legs I reckon I could put the rest together- please consider it:)

  15. colsey says:

    For those interested in the legs, I’m exploring CNC routing services. Will get back to you.

  16. Kevin says:

    What is the source or name for the “Drawer support”? Is it an Ikea part?

    • colsey says:

      Kevin, the drawer support is custom, I could not find anything on Ikea or the web that was remotely suitable. It is solid aluminum rod, bent to shape, with threaded holes tapped at each end for the leg screws, then polished on a buffing wheel to look like chrome.

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