I got real sick of having to plug my charger for my MacBook into a power strip on the floor each day I came home from school. I then came up with the plan of using the extension to swap onto my charger. That worked well… for a little bit. I often found myself accidentally bumping the extension after I unplugged it and it would fall behind the desk. What an annoyance eh?
Yeah, I got frustrated. Then I thought “well why not put the power strip in my desk?” and that’s exactly what I did. Well almost exactly, I ended up putting in your standard wall socket / faceplate combination along with a switch. As you can see in the pictures below, it turned out really well and clean. The only time you can see it is if you’re looking down from above or in my MacBook is closed.
It’s definitely the most convenient thing on my desk, even over my iPod dock. Oh, also, the furthest outlet is a switched outlet, so I have my desk lamp on it which is a huge pain to turn off without this giant switch.
I had the parts laying around in my basement so this project cost me $0.00. It was really a simple and quick project, so I would suggest it to anyone that has a desk they are willing to carve into.
EDIT: For those of you who are asking, yes this is an unprotected outlet. I don’t see metallic objects/beverages/anything conductive as a threat mainly because I don’t keep any of those things on my desk. Still, it is a note worthy point, and I plan on adding it soon.
Underneath the desk the outlet is in fact in an electrical box you may find in common use for drywall. I put it there mainly because it was easier to mount the switch and outlet to the box than to the desk. Also, the outlet is wired up with a 3 prong male power cord which is plugged into my mounted surge protector located behind my desk. All of this is shown in the pictures below, and also some other cable management tricks I’ve done.
Sorry that the pictures don’t show too much, it’s a little awkward getting behind my desk.