|Project by KMP Wood Designs||posted 01-08-2012 12:42 AM||3515 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any projects but here’s my latest.
My shop is in our attached garage and has limited bench and floor space so adding a roll around computer cabinet wasn’t an option. I had to come up with a way to suspend the computer cabinet from a pole that would run on a track system bolted to the ceiling.
The cabinet is 25 1/2” wide x 18” high x 19” deep. It’s made of red oak plywood with solid red oak trim. The entire cabinet is mounted on a 3” PVC pipe with two 1” thick pieces of oak split down the middle then bolted back together around the pipe.
Both the front and back sections are 6” deep to accommodate the 23” LG LED monitor and the HP Pavilion Slimline CPU. I used foam pad and two bungy straps to hold the CPU in place.
The keyboard shelf is mounted on two 14” full extension draw slides mounted horizontally. The shelf has two pivot points which gives me quite a range of height adjustments.
The track system utilizes the Johnson Hardware 111SD Series 96” Track and Hardware Set for 2-Door Bypass Doors (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100658028/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053) from Home Depot. These are designed for pocket doors but I felt this would work for my application too.
The PVC pipe is mounted to a stainless steel flange which rests in a 1/4” counter-bore with a thrust bearing and two races. This allows me to rotate the entire computer cabinet 360 degrees. There are four roller assemblies; two in each track and each assembly has three wheels each which helps for easy movement back and forth. The entire unit is rated at 300 lbs.
When I’m done for the day, the keyboard shelf rotates up to cover the monitor and the entire unit can be pushed to the side of the shop for easy storage.
This was a challenging project to figure out how to safely suspend a computer for the ceiling and I’m very happy with how it turned out. The only thing I’ve notices in the last couple of days is I’m have some difficulty with keeping the keyboard shelf held securely in place with the two knobs.. I used external slotted lock washers between the rails and pivot board which works OK but the weight of the keyboard and mouse sometimes causes it to sag. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for checking out this post and hope to hear from you soon.
-- Jim, Virginia, http://mysite.verizon.net/vzexvdsv/