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Japanese Inspired Monitor Stand

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Project by Wooly_Woodworks posted 06-16-2018 04:08 PM 652 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a monitor stand I made to hold two 21” monitors. The height of the monitors I use at work was too low and I needed something to raise them up a bit. There was a piece of rough sawn ash that had been sitting around my shop for awhile which I thought would work well for it. Both the top and feet are made from the same ash board.

Everything was done using unplugged hand tools with the exception of a random orbit sander. To color the ash I used transtint dyes (dark walnut for the top, black for the feet) mixed with amber shellac. The top has 2 coats of the dye/shellac mixture and the bottom has 4 or 5. My bench now has a nice dark stain were I accidentally dropped the bottle of dye.

The design was inspired by my general impression of Japanese architecture and single design element more so than a single piece of furniture or style. I really liked the way the eaves over hung in traditional Japanese houses. I picked a couple houses I liked and measured the ratio of the roof overhang and overall length. That ratio is what I used to space the feet. I played around with a lot of designs for the feet before settling on what you see.

Thanks for looking!

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.





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#1 posted 06-17-2018 01:01 AM

Very nice! I like the results you obtained.

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Wooly_Woodworks

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#2 posted 06-17-2018 10:50 AM



Very nice! I like the results you obtained.

- observer100

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#3 posted 06-18-2018 12:13 PM

I have been back to look at this about eight times. So there must be something about it that really appeals to me. It is simple, functional and has that Japanese look as you mentioned. It looks ‘just right’.

Nice work on this project Ben.

... and welcome to LumberJocks!

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Gary

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#4 posted 06-18-2018 08:00 PM

I like your eye for proportion. How thick is the ‘table’ in the middle?

If you could repair the injury to your workbench, you could cut out the splash of dye stain, frame it and hang it on the wall as a piece of modern art as a tribute to the monitor stand. You’d need a clever name for it, of course.

-- Cheers -- g

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#5 posted 06-18-2018 09:14 PM

Great lines and proportions. Even though the feet are from the same ash board, they appear to be ebonized. Nice work!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Wooly_Woodworks

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#6 posted 06-18-2018 09:34 PM



How thick is the table in the middle?

It’s about 1.5”.

You d need a clever name for it, of course.

How about “Entirely Intentional #1”

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#7 posted 06-18-2018 09:38 PM



Great lines and proportions. Even though the feet are from the same ash board, they appear to be ebonized. Nice work!

- builtinbkyn

Thanks Bill! I’m not sure if this would qualify under the traditional definition of ebonizing or not, but I can’t fault the result. Those legs are pretty solid matte black after those coats of black transtint and shellac.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#8 posted 06-19-2018 05:16 AM

Excellent design, really like it.

Can you tell us how the pieces went together? The legs were made from three pieces I assume? What kind of joinery did you use? Just curious…

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#9 posted 06-19-2018 09:53 AM



Excellent design, really like it.

Can you tell us how the pieces went together? The legs were made from three pieces I assume? What kind of joinery did you use? Just curious…
- DrTebi

The legs are each made from a single piece of lumber. I just printed off the template I designed, traced into the wood and went at it with a coping saw. The line lines and curves were refined with a spoke shave, rasps and sand paper.

As far as joinery goes, I used three 8mm dowels in each leg. I drilled the holes in the legs first with a bit and brace, then used dowel centers to mark the holes on the underside of the top board. If you look in the second picture you can see the six holes (three each side) on the board.

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#10 posted 06-19-2018 06:02 PM



The legs are each made from a single piece of lumber. I just printed off the template I designed, traced into the wood and went at it with a coping saw. The line lines and curves were refined with a spoke shave, rasps and sand paper.

As far as joinery goes, I used three 8mm dowels in each leg. I drilled the holes in the legs first with a bit and brace, then used dowel centers to mark the holes on the underside of the top board. If you look in the second picture you can see the six holes (three each side) on the board.

- Wooly_Woodworks


Great, thanks!
I wasn’t sure whether the legs were made from one piece; it seemed a bit too large of a piece. But then again, it’s easy to forget the scale that you were working with—it’s a monitor stand, not a dining table :)

‘hope to see more of your work in the future!
DrTebi

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