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Some people go to great lengths to keep their work space clean and free of clutter. This may not characterize your habits, but I think we all can agree that a mess of cables on your desk not only looks bad, but can constantly get in your way.  Lee Valley added two promising cable management boxes earlier this year that warrant a look.

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The first is a 6-1/8″ by 4-1/4″ surface mount box that protrudes 1-1/2″ above the surface of the desk. Made from powder-coated steel, it can be mounted on the side, back, or top of the desk. It has two 7/16″ and three 1/4″ cable ports lined with plastic grommets to protect the cables. A hinged metal lid covers the cables ends when they’re not in use and is held in place by a rare earth magnet.

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Similarly constructed, the second is a 5-1/2″ by 10-1/2″ flush mount box that mounts on the surface of your desk. It has the same cable ports as the surface mount box, plus an extra 7/16″ port. It extends 2-3/4″ beneath the surface with plenty of room for the cables and even a power bar. A hinged lid with cutouts lets you hide all the cables except the ones you’re using.

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The boxes are made in Canada. The surface mount box runs $29, while the flush mount box runs $57 (ouch). I guess looking neat and tidy has its price. Lee Valley, recognizing that it’s hard to find a power strip small enough to fit in the surface mount box, will gladly sell you one that will fit for $15.

Cable Management Boxes [Lee Valley]

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4 Responses to Hide The Cables That Clutter Your Desk

  1. Simon says:

    A great source of cheap power bars (I bought 800 there this year) is IKEA – $2.50 each for the usual 6 outlets or $1.50 each for a tiny 3 outlet version.

  2. Jerry says:

    I really liked the flush mount box – until I got to the price! Even the surface box seems overpriced. Of course, I can take the idea and run with it. Shouldn’t be too hard to find something easily converted.
    However, for those that can afford to pay top dollar, these are pretty sweet.
    Of course, you can always go extra low cost and and clip on a row of binder clips to “whatever” on your desk and feed the cables through the “handle” portion. I have seen this done many times.
    There’s a pic here:
    http://lifehacker.com/5499838/binder-clips-as-cable-catchers-redux

  3. Old Coot says:

    I second what Jerry said about binder clips, I use those inexpensive critters for lots of things that have nothing to do with binders. Only downside to them is that they don’t like to get wet…lots of rust really fast.

  4. Shopmonger says:

    I would use a router to make a rebate in the rectangular hole then make a piece of matching material to cover it and then make a simple ply box to tack underneath total time = 15 minutes…. total cost = 2-3 $ making it yourself and almost dissipate in the project= priceless..

    ShopMonger

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