Computer Monitor Riser

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 1853 days ago 8373 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a friend who asked for something to raise her computer monitor up on her desk to hopefully cure a sore neck. I think she just expected a few boards nailed together, but I like to give myself a challenge :)

It was actually all made from scraps and leftovers: black walnut, birch. Joinery was done using my Incra jig router setup. There’s nothing at all for drawer slides; the drawers were just made snug enough where they don’t drop down much when pulled most of the way out, but loose enough that nothing should rub as the wood expands/contacts. It was a fun project which I hope is enjoyed for many years.

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#1 posted 1853 days ago

Hey Kevin
very nice riser box simple but elegant design and great woods

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1852 days ago

Very nice box. Great joints. Great design. Great choice of woods.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 1852 days ago

Now if they only made computer monitors out of such beautiful wood with such excellent craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 1852 days ago

Nice design, wood choice and joints.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 1852 days ago

I have made a few of these myself for friends and family. none as nice as this though…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 1852 days ago

Nice work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Kevin Depies

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#7 posted 1852 days ago

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

JM – I don’t know, I just checked out the riser you have posted, and that is one incredible looking joint on the top! I wish I had a Leigh setup to do that now. Really cool…

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#8 posted 1640 days ago

Great looking project. I just checked walnut and birch on the shrinkulator and guessing that your depth is about 12-14”, you should see less than a 1/10th inch mismatch in seasonal expansion of the two species. I love projects that use contrasting woods. Nice job!

-- SteveL

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Kevin Depies

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#9 posted 1640 days ago

Steve, thanks for the link! I’ll have to use that calculator on future projects. The project made it into winter with no problem, I’ll watch to see what happens when spring comes around (which couldn’t happen soon enough by the way!).

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