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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-15-2016 05:30 PM 1171 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

Another one of those pieces that you can neither buy nor find an image of on the internet! (until now at least.) This one came about because someone wanted a stand up desk that would fit on their desk top. They were using the computer at an angle on one end of the desk, so I thought I’d create a booster desk that could go on the corner of the desk. See below.

Maybe I like to over complicate things, or maybe something inside me likes to create something unique when I can. I wanted the desk to have adjustable height options and I wanted to keep it as ‘open’ as possible. I found this online, but it was too boxy and in the center of the work space. See below.

So I made two sides which are held together with a rabbet joint and braced by diagonal ribs on the inside. These, plus the height adjusting ribs are spaced 1 inch apart. The desk tables themselves are made of 3/4 in. plywood with pine edging. Much of the edging was cut offs from previous projects. (Save EVERYTHING!)

I also wanted to make the mouse pad table retractable. I checked first to be sure the user was right handed, then I started the design process. (Yes indeed, I did not have this all completely planned out before cutting wood.) The best way was to make it swing out. If the table had been square I would have made a sliding drawer type of affair. Originally I wanted it to be held in the retracted and out positions by rare earth magnets, but they didn’t work, so I added a bullet catch to the mouse table and two catches underneath the main table. (bullet catches not shown :-( )

I finished this with spray lacquer.

Below, mandatory clamp up pictures.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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majuvla

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 05:42 PM

WOW! Pretty sofisticated set up. I like the posibility to adjust hight and movable mouse plate. Great work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 09-15-2016 05:48 PM

Thanks Ivan. Sofisticated yet simple. The joints are all face or butt joints and there’s nothing holding it together but glue!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 09-15-2016 05:49 PM

That is awesome! I’ve had people ask about something like this and just didn’t know what to do for them. You came up with a great solution that looks great!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-15-2016 06:09 PM



That is awesome! I ve had people ask about something like this and just didn t know what to do for them. You came up with a great solution that looks great!

- MilFlyer

Thanks! The design process took me like 2 months of thinking about it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 09-15-2016 07:21 PM

Looks great! Well thought out and very functional.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-15-2016 09:21 PM



Looks great! Well thought out and very functional.

- woodshaver

Sounds like made a winner.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Mean_Dean

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#7 posted 09-15-2016 10:38 PM

Well, it’s nice to see it completed and in use!

Looks like a great design solution to the problem, and you got to be creative in the process—can’t beat that!

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 09-15-2016 11:45 PM



Well, it s nice to see it completed and in use!

Looks like a great design solution to the problem, and you got to be creative in the process—can t beat that!

- Mean_Dean

The only problem is that instead of putting it on the desk, they’ve set it on a 2 drawer filing cabinet, thus defeating the purpose of it being a triangle. I’ll predict that I’ll be making another solution one day, provided our church keeps its doors open.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Scott Oldre

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#9 posted 09-16-2016 12:15 AM

Never seen it before, which is why I like Lumber Jocks. Bunch o makers round here.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 09-16-2016 12:35 AM



Never seen it before, which is why I like Lumber Jocks. Bunch o makers round here.

- Scott Oldre


Never seen it before, which is why I like Lumber Jocks. Bunch o makers round here.

- Scott Oldre

We make what you can’t buy!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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BB1

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#11 posted 09-16-2016 01:14 AM

Really like this concept. Very nice! Thank you for sharing all the in-progess pictures.

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Rick M

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#12 posted 09-16-2016 03:10 AM

Interesting idea with a creative solution. I like it. Nice work.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Dave Rutan

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#13 posted 09-16-2016 10:43 AM



Really like this concept. Very nice! Thank you for sharing all the in-progess pictures.

- BB1

Thanks. Sometimes I take the in-progress shots because I forget how things went together, especially for projects that are leaving my house.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#14 posted 09-16-2016 11:05 AM



Interesting idea with a creative solution. I like it. Nice work.

- Rick M.

Thanks Rick. And thanks to everyone who put this project in the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CFrye

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#15 posted 09-16-2016 11:33 AM

Nice design, Dave! I like the ease of height adjustment and the way the phone can nestle underneath, yet still be accessible.

-- God bless, Candy

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