So I built a Desk and Triple Monitor Stand (Lots of Pictures!) 22 replies

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#1 6 years ago

So a while back I decided I was going to get rid of my cheap Ikea desk and stop setting my monitors on a desk like some sort of peasant. I am better than this!

I also happen to be poor. Luckily I have a bunch of lumber and some freebie steel sign posts lying around not doing much so I decided to build a desk and monitor stand. With (lots of) help from my father (he has 30+ years woodworking/construction/house building experience. He's forgotten more than I know about this kind of stuff) I figured I'd tackle this project head on.

I had designed a mockup in Sketchup and went from there. These mockups are just a basic idea, things got changed around during the build and the monitor stand is completely placeholder in the mockup.

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So, on to the pictures...

Starting work on the legs. legs_constructin.jpg

Next we jump ahead a few weeks or so to a nearly complete desk, just adding final touches like trim. Still needs stained and then coated in finish for protection.

A good overview pick of the front of the desk, with the case shelf on the side.

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The back

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Shelf for my modem/router and anything else I plan to stick there...

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From the side

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Finished rear cable area (added the support across the bottom, the monitor support pole will be bolted to this)

rear_cables_area_full.jpgrear_cables_area_side.jpg (Note to self, pre-drill holes to prevent wood splitting)

Case Shelf with trim (The blocks allow the case to still have it's roller wheels on it, the case support pads rest securely on the blocks If I want to remove the wheels, I just detach the shelf, unscrew the blocks and I have a flat shelf)

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Everything here was done with hand tools and these two saws. No fancy table saws here

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Jump forward a few days.

Finally got it all stained and the desktop coated with a few coats of Lacquer. I used "Natural" stain (so clear), so it didn't change the color at all.

The rest of the desk has some polyurethane on it though it needs a few more coats.

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And some pics of the finished desk. The black tape are markers for where parts of the monitor stand will be, so ignore those. The stand will be attached to the desk, but built in a way it can easily be removed and the desk used without it.

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A few days later,

Finally got somewhere on the monitor stand/arms. Since I am basically working with what I got it's taken some extra thought (all my dad on this one, he thought of how to solve the problem of not being able to weld the galvanized steel).

The WIP stand in the vice, clamped together to get the general idea.

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Testing the mounting system to the desk itself (Chocolate Lab in the back, eating wood. The dumb dog loves to eat wood shavings)

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Attached to the desk with the arms

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The stand has been painted. Now working on the mounts for the monitors themselves.

Despite the large gap you'll see in one of these pictures this thing is . strong as hell. It's all steel, though since I am working with freebie steel I have to work around things like the gaps.

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This weekend is a holiday so I probably won't get the desk all put together and in my room until Monday.


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D3matt

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#2 6 years ago

I should make something like that. I can weld, sorta. Just need metal.




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#3 6 years ago

[COLOR=SeaGreen]What about the final color of the desk? I myself would choose a tung oil finish.

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Or better yet, a red wine stain finish.

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That way, the beauty of the wood grain is left intact, and even accentuated. :nodding: [/COLOR]


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#4 6 years ago

Looks brilliant m8. Let me know when you start exporting those triple wide brackets to the UK because I will have one :)




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#5 6 years ago

Master Lindale;5631276[COLOR=SeaGreen]What about the final color of the desk? I myself would choose a tung oil finish.

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Or better yet, a red wine stain finish.

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That way, the beauty of the wood grain is left intact, and even accentuated. :nodding: [/COLOR][/QUOTE] I thought of using colored stain but opted for a clear stain in the end. [QUOTE=Goody.;5631337]Looks brilliant m8. Let me know when you start exporting those triple wide brackets to the UK because I will have one :)

It weights about 30 pounds, pretty sure shipping costs will be more than it's worth.


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#6 6 years ago

Ship one to me...throw it in the back of your truck and drive it down...I'll even have a cold beer waiting for you :)




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#7 6 years ago

Here is something for you to have a look over. I have been following this guys work as it is pretty stunning. The guy is a engineer with some excellent facilities at his disposal so he can produce top spec items.

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#8 6 years ago

Really amazing work! I love it. Are you taking orders? :p




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#9 6 years ago

Got it all put together. All the cable management is temporary as I need to get some extension cables for some of them, mount the surge protector, etc...

I also have some work to do on the monitor mounts as the monitors don't line up perfectly, have to cut some of the bolts off so they don't stick out but I am happy with it so far.

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#10 6 years ago

Dude that's fucking sweet and I am jealous.