Custom Lift Desk

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Project by Underdog posted 02-26-2016 09:17 PM 799 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a custom lift desk I created using a cannibalized Hamilton VR20 drafting table. It took me approximately 6 months from the day I purchased the used drafting table, August 1st, 2015. I installed it Sunday January 17, 2016, and finished installing the drawers and door the following week. It took much longer and was a lot more work than I envisioned. It also cost me a lot more than I thought it would. I have approximately $800 in it including the $107 I paid for the used drafting table.
It works well, although I continue to think of ways to improve it.
You can follow the build process in my blog here:

And you can watch a video of it here:

Thanks for looking!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#1 posted 02-26-2016 09:53 PM

That really turned out nice. Good Job.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 02-27-2016 12:16 AM

not sure what your job entails but i could see a lot flexability in this for a lot of applications.very cool build and i love the styling great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 12:29 AM

Is there a WHY behind the project? Special requirements of the user, or just something cool?
How often will the height of the top be changed?
One of the problems that I have with lifts for “concealed televisions” is that a ton of time and money goes into the hardware, and then the lift function is seldom or never used.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 02-27-2016 02:27 AM

Like the idea of a standing option. Very nice looking desk on top of the function. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 02-27-2016 03:09 AM

John, all the reasons WHY are listed in my blog.

Short answer, sitting too much causes a multitude of health problems, one of which is sciatica (back problems) which is what I’m trying to reverse.

So I move it up and down a couple times a day. Typically I’ll sit until about 9:00 or 10:00, then stand until 12:30. Then sit down for lunch, and then back up at 1:00 or 1:30, then stand until about 4:00 or 4:30, and then leave work just after 5:00.

Much better for our health to stand rather than sit. Even if I do have an expensive ergonomic chair.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#6 posted 02-27-2016 03:59 AM

I hear ya man got the same problem,i need to make one of these myself.luckily I get to move around in my job so im not tied to the desk all day.hey now just incorporate a tread mill into this and you got it all.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 02-27-2016 05:27 AM

My daughter works at a PC all day and she switched to a “stand up desk” some time ago and she says she feels a lot better at the end of the day.
When I was still working, back in 2009, the stand up workstation was becoming more and prevalent. My department had four standing workstations, eight conventional, and two sit/stand workstations.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-27-2016 03:00 PM

looks nice

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#9 posted 02-29-2016 02:44 AM

Thanks guys. It was a great project, even if a bit time consuming.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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