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CABINET KEEPS COMPUTER HANDY AND OUT OF SIGHT

Here's a great way to keep your computer protected and out of sight while adding office and study space to your home -- all without major construction.

Perfect for a den, bedroom or even one end of the dining room, this computer secretary project allows do-it-yourselfers to use a small area for big jobs, then close everything up in an attractive cabinet.

Occupying just 8 square feet, the project features dedicated space for a computer tower, monitor and printer and a big pull-down desktop for a keyboard and mouse. In addition, a convenient storage cabinet holds books, manuals and other supplies behind closed doors.

Made primarily from plywood (pine as pictured, but other wood will work), the secretary features all straight cuts and a full-size pattern for the angle on the legs, so there's no guesswork involved.

To build, simply cut the pieces to size, sand and assemble using glue and nails. The project may be finished to match any decor.

The computer secretary measures about 48 inches tall by 44 inches wide by 23 inches deep; the monitor bay is about 30 inches wide by 20 inches tall by 21 inches deep.

The Computer Secretary plan, No. 939, is $10.95 and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, plywood cutting layouts and a shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of desk plans, No. C77, is $24.95 and includes plans for two roll-top desks, a traditional secretary and a Franklin desk.

A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Include $3 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.