The DIY Butcher Block and Pipe Workstation

Redditor ksmithbaylor built this gorgeous butcher block and steel pipe workstation, and we love it. Sure, it’s spacious and clean, but hats off to the DIY spirit, and for making it all work, work well, and look good. Here are some more photos of the finished setup.

The shot at the top is straight on, featuring all three of ksmithbaylor’s displays, connected to that Macbook Pro mounted in the back and above the others. As for the gear that powers this whole setup, here’s what the Imgur gallery (linked below) has to say:


  • Late 2013 15" MacBook Pro, 2.6 GHz i7 processor, 16GB RAM, discrete graphics
  • 3x AOC 27" IPS monitors (not sure what model)
  • 87-key CODE keyboard (made by WASD) with Cherry MX Green switches
  • Apple Magic Trackpad 2
  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Logitech speakers with subwoofer
  • Kingston 7-port powered USB hub
  • 2x Seagate 1TB portable hard drives
  • Xtand Pro laptop stand

The computer is running one monitor through a mini-DP to HDMI adapter, one through a mini-DP to VGA adapter (one of my HDMI cables broke), and one directly through the HDMI port. It’s able to drive three monitors plus the internal screen because of the discrete graphics card.

The microphone, keyboard, and two hard drives (not visible here) are all connected to a powered USB 3.0 hub (also not visible in this picture), which plugs into the USB port of the laptop. Connecting and disconnecting the laptop takes about 30 seconds.

Here’s a side-on photo of the whole setup:

And a closer look at the wraparound effect you get if you’re sitting there working, which I imagine must be immersive as all getout:

The whole gallery below has tons of photos of the build process, and all of the equipment, tools, and items ksmithbaylor used to assemble and build the whole thing, including that gorgeous butcher block desk surface, which was actually an IKEA score. Hit the link below to check it out, and while you’re at it, head over to Reddit and give the whole thing an upvote—if you’re curious about any of the specific components, you’ll find it in the original thread, or in the gallery description below.

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My custom butcher block pipe desk and battlestation | Imgur via Reddit

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The DIY Butcher Block and Pipe Workstation