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Project by Mark Jerde posted 1528 days ago 5036 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Photo 1. The birch plywood replacement desktop still works great. My primary software development computer runs 9 monitors. Using the same keyboard, mouse & monitors I connect to 3 other computers as needed. Computer dictation software finally works well for me.

Photo 2. My home office in 2001. The heavy CRT monitors eventually broke the termite-puke original desktop. The 2×4 under the right side is actually keeping the two right monitors from tumbling forward.

Photo 3. You can’t have too many clamps! This is a prior arrangement. I decided to move things around and have just two rows of monitors. Therefore all the monitor stands are just clamped to the computer desk. I admit that closest wooden-spacer-box, held to the desktop by two C-clamps and two bar clamps, is almost too ugly for my lack of taste. I made the paperback/CD bookshelves in the background, and the platform with the UPS on it, on the curved legs of the stand holding the computers.

Two other photos of the replacement desktop are on my website





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unisaw2

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#1 posted 1528 days ago

Woodworkers can never have enough clamps, programmers can never have enough monitors :)

-- JJ

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ND2ELK

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#2 posted 1528 days ago

I know theres a birch top some where. LOL I do not know anything about computers. Your set up is what impressed me. Nice layout.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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dbhost

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#3 posted 1528 days ago

Just wondering, why not just fewer bigger monitors? The whole idea was screen real estate right?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Raspar

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#4 posted 1528 days ago

I need to show this pic to the wife, and she thinks I have allot of computer stuff.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#5 posted 1528 days ago

You forgot the “s” on computers. Nice setup.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1528 days ago

Sure makes my two-monitor setup look puny. :-)

I saw a photo a while back where a guy had set up a flight sim program on an array of monitors like this, so the effect was just like looking out of the cockpit of a 747.

I’ll trust you that there is a woodworking project in there somewhere. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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ardbeg

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#7 posted 1528 days ago

You need to build yourself a divider to keep all of the radiation from those monitors away. :)

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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Scott Hildenbrand

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#8 posted 1528 days ago

And I thought I was bad with my dev setups… You’re flippin’ nuts! ;)

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1528 days ago

Wow that’s a lot of monitors.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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davo

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#10 posted 1528 days ago

Mulit-tasker extraordinaire.

-- Davo in Texas

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SignWave

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#11 posted 1528 days ago

I bet it stays pretty warm in there.

I also like a lot of real estate for displays. Can you recommend a particular video card for such a setup, since you obviously have worked through a bunch of the issues? Thanks.

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#12 posted 1528 days ago

Awesome set up.

-- John

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#13 posted 1528 days ago

I think I need to add 6 more monitors to my system. I am jealous.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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#14 posted 1528 days ago

I have three aging 21” standard aspect monitors, and three computers to drive them, the newest computer in the middle and two older computers on the sides. These are modern enought to be flat screens, and not crts.

The amount of heat given off by these three monitors and their computers definitely heats up my rather large office space. I can’t imagine the heat, both convection and infrared, given off by that setup. Gad zooks!

I have the same question as dbHost….....why not fewer bigger monitors?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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JimmyNate

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#15 posted 1528 days ago

The reason fewer bigger monitors won’t work is resolution. Sure you could just buy a couple 50” HD tv’s and take up as much space, but you can’t display small detail like text on them if you try to put more than two screens on each tv. Look at how many windows are open at once and how much text they can contain.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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