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sunken scanner well

desktop hardware
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make a compartment with a lid flush with the top of your table or desk. It's the right size for a standard sized flatbed scanner. A little hook in the lid opens the scanner when you open the lid. A hole in the back keeps the cords tidy.

Now you no longer lose surface space for the stupid scaner that you only use once a month. It looks cool too.

futurebird, Apr 12 2003

Things Going Squish on my Scanner http://www.kamikaze.../squish/squish1.htm
Weird site I happened to run across a few hours after reading this [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Swiss Army Desk http://www.cartoonr...ARTOON%20PAGE-1.htm
NOT the one I was looking for [Canuck, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Desk with monitor well http://osullivan-fu...x.html/model/10319/
RayfordSteele's wish come true [Canuck, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Just don't spill your drink on it. +
snarfyguy, Apr 12 2003

       My smart scanner can stand and operate almost vertically at the back edge of the desk.
FarmerJohn, Apr 12 2003

       [FJ] is this something you discovered or something the manufacturer says is okay to do? Every flatbed scanner I have used is supposed to operate in as close to a level orientation as possible.
bristolz, Apr 12 2003

       My scanner is designed to work vertically (even comes with a support stand and a velcro latch). Problem is - someone in R&D forgot to note that paper put in a vertical scanner tends to fall out before you can get the lid shut.   

       I like this one.
waugsqueke, Apr 12 2003

       If it removes an object from the surface of my desk, it gets a croissant.
Shz, Apr 13 2003

       Just make sure you clear the scanner bed before closing the desk lid. (See link).
krelnik, Apr 14 2003

       Egg sealent
thumbwax, Apr 14 2003

       Seen this done with a monitor before. Whole monitor sits angled and low inside the desk in a cutout; glass top to fill the hole. Not too sure about the ergonomics, but it was a nifty space-saver.   

       Wish I could find a link.
RayfordSteele, Apr 14 2003

       Ray, I remember seeing something years ago called the Swiss Army Desk in an office furniture company catalogue. Can't find it on the web, but I did find a photo of what you mentioned.   

       futurebird, obviously I have no idea how much room you have or what your computer area looks like, but I store my scanner beside my desk, standing on end, then I bring it up on the desk for the time I am actually using it. My scanner is so old it has a parallel hook-up so I'm not about to plug/unplug each time I need it, and I find this works OK, except when there is so much important resource material (ie. junk) on my desk there is no room. That's when I use the handy TV tray table! Works for me.
Canuck, Apr 14 2003

       I've actually thought of something similar to this since I've had a custom-made desk on my mind for a while now, and I really like the idea of a well, since there is usually unused internal space towards the back.   

       + :)
JackandJohn, Apr 14 2003


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