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The Spine Desk

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 04-11-2016 06:36 PM 1066 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

The new director of our church’s Early Learning Center asked if she could have a standing desk as she dislikes sitting down all the time. I immediately responded yes, and started thinking about if I could somehow make it adjustable. There isn’t a lot of room in the church office for a free standing piece of furniture, so determined it should mount to the wall.

At home I looked around on the internet and found one design that I really liked. I found not only many pictures of it from several angles, but also one showing the individual parts with measurements!

I bought one quarter sheet (24×36 inch) of 3/4 inch plywood, good stuff. Except for a few sticks of pine which I used to edge the tables, that’s all the wood I required for this. I even had a few small scraps left over!

It’s finished with several coats of spray lacquer. Originally I was going to stain it golden oak to more or less match the other desks in the office, but I chickened out when I saw how plywood edges look with stain.

This desk is adjustable, but not super easily. I was thinking that if the director were to be away for any great length of time I could adjust it for whoever fills in. The intended recipient loves it, so I’m pleased as punch for that.

This design would work for a keyboard and monitor as shown, or for a laptop with external keyboard and mouse.

FUN FACT: The term for ‘standing desk’ in Esperanto could be either: alta skribotablo for a normal desk, or komputila breto or komputila tableto for a computer desk of this type.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Bill_Steele

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 07:13 PM

I think this is very creative. I like the design. It would be interesting to try and utilize the “spine” as a cable chase.

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 04-11-2016 07:22 PM



I think this is very creative. I like the design. It would be interesting to try and utilize the “spine” as a cable chase.

- Bill_Steele

It would be possible I think. I accidentally made my spine a bit oversize in it’s thickness. There should still be enough structural support if it were hollow and possible pot a hole in the face of each vertebra. One could even buy plastic ‘desk plugs’ to put over the unused holes.

Alternatively, it might be large enough to put the hole in the space between the vertebra so that they wouldn’t be as noticeable. I’m not so sure all cable ends would have room as built though…

Drat! I missed out on an extra coolness factor!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 08:04 PM

This came out great. Bet the new owner loves it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 11:00 PM

Great idea, application and workmanship! Can you provide a link?


I found not only many pictures of it from several angles, but also one showing the individual parts with measurements!
- Dave Rutan

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 02:07 AM


Great idea, application and workmanship! Can you provide a link?

I found not only many pictures of it from several angles, but also one showing the individual parts with measurements!
- Dave Rutan

- Eddie_T

[link] 5th picture down shows the parts. Description gives the basic dimensions. If you Google the company name and ‘wall mounted standing desk’ you’ll get even more photos and probably the instruction sheet for assembly, Maybe even the story of how they developed it.

My cost for the wood was $25.00 Looks like I saved $250 by building it myself!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 02:56 AM

That is so neat! Thank you so much for sharing. BTW I like your brackets better.

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 06:05 AM

What a brilliant idea to set hight between those shelves. Very nice set.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 10:45 AM



That is so neat! Thank you so much for sharing. BTW I like your brackets better.

- Eddie_T

Yeah, I knew I was going to modify them. I didn’t like the rough sawed off look they had. I painted those brackets almond color to match the other office furniture.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 04-12-2016 10:45 AM



What a brilliant idea to set hight between those shelves. Very nice set.

- majuvla

Thanks Ivan!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 04-12-2016 10:46 AM

Thanks to everyone for pushing this into the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 04-12-2016 12:20 PM

This is a great idea, and looks like a fun build. Thanks for sharing.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#12 posted 04-12-2016 12:21 PM

I really like this too. Strange how the mfg pictures don’t show ANY cords. I know keyboards and mice are wireless now but there will still be cords.

I made a similar web site discovery last year when I was looking for a design for a wooden hanging bike holder. Found a site that made them and found all of the measurements as well as the custom measurements needed from the bike to make it. It was listed for ~$300. I made it out of scraps for nothing.

Great job. I like this.

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#13 posted 04-12-2016 01:25 PM

Dave, this is a very creative project. Nice work and I’m sure that she must have appreciated it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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