Standing Desk – Part 1

I switched to a standing desk at work about 6 months ago, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to sitting. After a few weeks of getting used to it, I found it to be much more energizing to work standing up. image-2016-12-13-2427

I planned on building one for home as well, but I hadn’t got around to designing it. That is until I found an industrial flat-panel TV cart at Goodwill for $15. It was basically in new condition with now damage or even scratches. I wasn’t exactly sure how I would use it, but I figured that the casters alone were worth at least $10 each. So I bought it. Once I got it home I checked the online price: $500.

I put the cart in the corner of my office for a couple of weeks so I could periodically look at it and decide on how I would use it for a desk. My design is not very innovative – it’s actually very simple – but just what I’ve been looking for. It’s fairly spartan, but I don’t keep much on my desk anyway.

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The normal position of the worktop will be at about 41″ off the ground, which is what I have my other desk at. It will also be able to drop down to 28″, which is perfect for me while sitting in a chair. The basic design has one monitor, but with the wide bar for the flat-panel, I could easily mount two.image-2016-12-13-2438

The upright rail has two T-slots that allow for easy adjustment with bolts – and I replace those with some star knobs. I will put them on both the keyboard shelf and monitor mounting brackets. I’ll also add some stops in the slots to keep moving between positions easy. I plan on standing most of the time, but I like the option to change it if I need to.

The bottom shelves will be for the docking station and a few other items, and they will stay fixed. The backs of the shelves will be mounted to the rail, and I’ll use metal pipe to support the fronts. I think this keeps with the industrial / minimalist design.

I removed all the hardware from the rail. Everything is heavy-duty, likely 12 gauge steel.

The DVR shelf easily unbolted from the support bracket, which will now be the mount for the keyboard shelf.

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The shelves are going to made from some rough-sawn pine I have. I have a 1″ thick piece that’s 16″ wide 12′ long that will make everything.

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I’m going to clean this up with my grinder and a wire wheel, then I’ll sand it with 120 and 220 grit. This will give it a smooth surface, but also leave the large saw marks for the rustic look. I’ll stain the wood dark and seal it with polycrylic.


Part 2 will be making the shelves.

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