Computer Monitor Stand - First project

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Project by Ben Miller posted 1283 days ago 2340 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my first projects and certainly my first project with a through mortise and tenon. Since I’m a computer nerd by trade, my hobbies kind of follow along. This is a monitor stand for my two 24” monitors. The joints are incredibly sloppy compared to the work that I’ve seen around here, but I guess I have to start somewhere. This is made from red oak. I’m pretty limited to the general big box stores in my area. There are a couple of exotic wood suppliers in the area, but they are very expensive, so I’ll be turning to the web to get some better deals.

Let me know what you think and especially if you have tips/tricks for improving my work.


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#1 posted 1283 days ago

The more you build, the better you get. You learn from your mistakes. I am still learning from my mistakes. You picked a good strong joint for your shelf. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 1283 days ago


The nice thing about wood working is that everything you do is compounded in the next project. What you learned while making this stand, you will remember when making something else. You are off to a good start, keep it up.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 1283 days ago

That’s pretty sweet. How’d you cut the tenons?

Oh and you suck for having two 24 inch monitors side-by-side.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Ben Miller

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#4 posted 1283 days ago

Brandon – I cut the tenons on my table saw with a temporary jig that I set up and cleaned up the remainder with a chisel.

Oh… and just so there is no confusion… I have 3 24” monitors. I just needed a stand for the bottom two ;). Told ya I was a nerd.

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#5 posted 1283 days ago

hey you’re off to a good start!! looks like a fine stand to me – it’ll get the job done – and thats all that matters! Welcome to LJs!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 1283 days ago

POWER to the NERDS! Quarter sawn red oak is my favorite. But if your desk is like mine you want see the top after a week anyway.

How did you pick the design? Looks a little overkill for the load.

-- ~jtd

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Ben Miller

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#7 posted 1283 days ago

You know it jtdyal – Power to the NERDS! It is definately overkill for the load as I was able to stand my fat butt on the stand without it so much as making a noise. I just wanted to give it a unique look as well as try my hand at the mortise and tenon joint. It is my first go at that kind of joint, so with 6 of them in the project the first one is significantly worse than the last. Here is a pic of it in action:

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#8 posted 1283 days ago

Nice build, thru tenons and all. Keep it up.

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#9 posted 1283 days ago

nice stand.
i had built something similar for my second monitor for my laptop but i really didn’t like it so i had to go with the ergotron desk mount. so nice.
it moves left, right, up, down, tilts and turns 90 deg, which i really use a lot when i write code.
it freed up a lot of space and on top of the pole which the screen mounts to i built a nice little shelf.

-- Ben L

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#10 posted 1283 days ago

Nice stand. My eyes would go crazy lookin at all the monitors

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Don Johnson

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#11 posted 1283 days ago

Nice job – especially for a first effort

(switching to NERD mode)

Are all the monitors on the same PC, or more than one ?
If the former, any special software/drivers needed?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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Ben Miller

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#12 posted 1283 days ago

Don – <nerd> yes they are all on the same system. I have dual Nvidia 9600 GTS video cards in SLI that drive the monitors. With 2 DVI out ports per card, I can add an additional monitor at some point, but have found that 3 is plenty for my need. As for the drivers/software question, the simple answer is no. Just about all modern OSs’ will handle multiple monitors with ease. I dual boot between Windows and Linux and while in Windows, I also use Ultramon to ehance the experience.

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#13 posted 1283 days ago

Excellent set up, Ben.

So that’s what LumberJocks looks like on a 24in monitor!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 1283 days ago

Nice job and nice setup! I have needed to do that for a while even though it’s only for one monitor (small desk!).
As for the wood, I finally found a great source an hour away from me. It’s a Woodcraft store that beats the prices of the big box stores big time and has a great selection. Keep hunting and good luck!

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