Conclusion

Page 1:  Overview & History, Desk Build, Cabinets
Page 2:  MacBook Pro Accessories & Upgrades, Laptop Stands
Page 3:  Cable Management, LED Light Bars
Page 4:  Conclusion, Full Product & Material List

In Conclusion, what started out as just replacing a laptop quickly spiraled out of control into this Video Editing, Filming & Productivity Setup with Media Storage and Backup. I spent much more time than I anticipated and I came in over budget even with the contributions, but I am very pleased with the outcome.

What I Would Like to Add

  • NAS/DAS 4-Bay Storage Drive Enclosure
  • Dual Monitor Mount
  • Studio Monitor Speakers

Although I am pleased with the value and performance of my WD 12TB RAID Storage Drive and it should provide me with adequate storage for the next several years, ultimately I would like to get a 4 bay NAS/DAS Storage. I primarily want DAS (Direct Attached Storage) capability so that multiple computers can connect directly. NAS (Network Attached Storage) could be beneficial in some situations but is not a primary concern of mine.

I am considering a QNAP (TS-453BT3) 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS/DAS:  https://amzn.to/3ax6fFf . I will do more research on multiple bay NAS/DAS drive enclosures when I get closer to needing to make a purchase.

I need a good set of Studio Monitor Speakers (desktop reference monitors) but for a reasonable price. I’d like to be able to use them with both MacBooks so I think I want bluetooth but will need to do some research.

My LG 4K monitor has speakers which sound surprisingly good but the LG QHD monitor doesn’t have speakers and I am using inexpensive Creative Pebble USB power speakers.

I would really like to free up some more desktop space and clean up the setup by removing the monitor stands and utilizing a Dual Monitor Mount.


What I Would Do Different

  • Larger Table Top
  • Desktop Computer vs Laptop

If I had it to do over again I would make the table top 2-4 inches deeper to allow for more space to use the table top for YouTube videos. I only cut it down to 29″ to allow for the 10″ shelf but considering I am no longer using the shelf I wish I had left the Butcher Block Top 33″ deep.

I would also finish the desk with Satin Water Based Polycrylic rather than Satin Water Based Polyurethane. Polycrylic requires less coats and brings out the color and wood grain just a little while water based polyurethane does not (oil based does though).

This project grew from simply replacing a laptop into building a full Video Editing Setup with RAID Drive Storage. Considering that I was able to upgrade my MacBook 2012 and now it’s in good working order for a portable laptop, I now think a desktop may have been a better option for my editing machine. I don’t really transport my MacBook 16″ editing machine or do any editing on the go or remotely. When I need a laptop on the go, I use the MBP 2012.

I don’t regret purchasing the MBP 16″ and I may come to use it on the go but if I had it to do over I would probably get a desktop for my editing machine.


Full Product, Material & Tool List

Just about everything in this setup is listed below.
Some of the links below are affiliate links in which I receive a small commission while you pay the same price.

Use the Coupon Code KTFG for a discount at participating stores.
Businesses interested in participating can contact me at
Info @ Kevin Gittemeier . com

Again, thanks to the following companies for contributing to this project:

New Hard Drives & SSDs

Old Back Up Hard Drives

  • Seagate 4GB External Hard Drive (Mac OS J):
  • Toshiba 2TB External Hard Drive:
  • Toshiba 1TB External Hard Drive:
  • WD My Passport Ultra 1TB External Hard Drive:
  • WD My Passport 500GB External Hard Drive (NTSF):
  • WD My Passport 300GB External Hard Drive (FAT32):
  • Western Digital 500GB External Hard Drive:
  • Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive:


2019 MacBook 16″ & Accessories

2012 MacBook Pro 13″ & Accessories

Standing Desk & Accessories


Standing Desk Build Material

Standing Desk Build Tools

Laptop Stand/Cooler Tools & Material

Cable Management


Miscellaneous

Rubik’s Cubes & Puzzles

Use coupon code KTFG for a discount at Speed Cube Shop https://speedcubeshop.com/

  • GAN 2×2 Rubik’s Cube:
  • GAN 3×3 Rubik’s Cube:
  • GAN Megaminx:

MAGNETS

https://totalelement.com
Use coupon code KTFG for 10% off at totalElement.

1/4 x 1/4 x 1/32 Inch Neodymium Rare Earth Block Magnets N52 (200 Pack):  https://totalelement.com/collections/block-magnets/products/1-4-x-1-4-x-1-32-inch-neodymium-rare-earth-block-magnets-n52-200-pack

1/2 x 1/4 x 1/32 Inch Neodymium Rare Earth Block Magnets N52 (100 Pack):  https://totalelement.com/collections/block-magnets/products/1-2-x-1-4-x-1-32-inch-neodymium-rare-earth-block-magnets-n52-100-pack

1/2 x 1/2 x 1/16 Inch Neodymium Rare Earth Block Magnets N48 (30 Pack):  https://totalelement.com/collections/block-magnets/products/1-2-x-1-2-x-1-16-inch-neodymium-rare-earth-block-magnets-n48-30-pack

3/8 x 1/32 Inch Neodymium Rare Earth Disc Magnets N52 (100 Pack):  https://totalelement.com/collections/disc-magnets/products/3-8-x-1-32-inch-neodymium-rare-earth-disc-magnets-n52-100-pack



Youtube links

https://www.youtube.com/KevinGittemeier

Electronics Tear Down Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bXe_lvrKgamPSSzORhZv9hfo5OZh8_0

Em solves 3×3:  https://youtu.be/DUdq2vqybpU

Sadie, Crazy Dog:  https://youtu.be/jI5PDuWYGYc

Computer Cable Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bXe_lvrKgaShry6KNaB_GVDPv3-TPZB

Rubik’s Tutorials:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bXe_lvrKgagh_nC9lpe9_aWt3G9UVLj

Electronics Bench Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bXe_lvrKgamPSSzORhZv9hfo5OZh8_0

Computer Monitor Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5bXe_lvrKga2IcKU3oZmYzQencD0BdHM

Laptop Shelf:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJWtDpwSxcI

LED Strip Temp & Current:  https://youtu.be/VIaeBnzSsOU

LED on Bedf rame short:  https://youtu.be/rrKm-OlSMQ4

LED bed frame install:  https://youtu.be/6yqDttlYXuY

LED Music Controller:  https://youtu.be/wQqicmR2Kpc



If any questions about this setup, ask in the Post Comment Section and not by email.
That way the answer can help others as well.

If you would like any particular section explained deeper with photos and video, let me know and I may make a separate post.

For business inquiries I can be reached at ( info @ Kevin Gittemeier . com )

Some links provided are affiliate in which I receive a small commission.
This helps support my channel & website.
Use Coupon Code KTFG for a discount at participating stores

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Page 2:  MacBook Pro Accessories & Upgrades, Laptop Stands
Page 3:  Cable Management, LED Light Bars
Page 4:  Conclusion, Full Product & Material List

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