Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to mount some receptacles on the top of the desk so I didn't have to go digging around underneath of it when I want to plug something in.
My plan is to get a 15 amp. utility cord (plug on one side, open wires on the other) and use a (metal) junction box to connect it to two outlet receptacles on either end of the desk. Each outlet will of course be inside of its own metal handy box and the outlets will be mounted horizontally (i.e. like a normal wall outlet so stuff can't fall into them). I also plan on using flexible metal conduit to protect my wiring from the junction box to the outlets. All of the receptacles, boxes, etc. will be under the desk and run through the supports so that they don't hang down and are otherwise inaccessible / out of the way. The desk will then be powered by plugging said wiring into a normal wall outlet.
I've done some small electrical projects around the house and I know the basics of safety, like only splicing in junction boxes, using clamps, etc. where the wires enter the box, etc. but I have never done anything with conduit before.
For this project, would it be OK to use the usual 12/2 Romex in the conduit or should I seek something else out. If I use romex does it need to stay in its yellow sheathing? Does wiring my desk like this sound like an insane idea / fire hazard? Any advice or info would be appreciated.
Also, I live in Richmond, VA for the purposes of any regional codes that may apply.