The weeks are flying by at incredible speed. I also managed to lose my wallet last weekend causing a lot of administrative headaches to block bank cards, request new identity card and driver license, etc … Some things move more quickly than others and I already have a bank card, which I used to purchase some of the components for the project.
First, I ordered a 5m addressable LED strip from eBay, to be integrated in the desk, as the tests using the Raspberry Pi to drive a 1m version were successful. It should take about two weeks to get here, giving me enough time to make the necessary shapes in the desk’s surface to put them in.
Then, a trip to Ikea was in order. I knew which desk I wanted for my project, the shortest path to its location and the shortest path to the exit. The plan was perfect, in and out in 10 minutes. There was just one issue: my wife tagged along for the ride. Needless to say she needed to see the entire store to get some ideas, picked up some extra items, wanted my opinion on new sofas, etc … Can anyone relate (please say you can …) ? Anyway, the trip took much longer than expected, but I have the desk I wanted for my project, for less than 10 EUR (I already had a set of legs).
Finally, a trip to the hardware store to get a new tool: an oscillating multitool. I figured this would make it easier to perform controlled cuts in the desk’s surface without having to slice through completely (cheap Ikea desks have some kind of cardboard mesh inside). It’s a tool I’ll be able to use for many other things, so I consider it a good investment for the future.
So, more of a preparation week, as I move on to the actual build of the project. I’ll be drawing some patterns on the desk next week and hopefully start making some cuts.