|Project by swirt||posted 01-21-2014 05:42 AM||2318 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I work full-time in front of my computer. Sitting all day is not supposed to be good for you, so a lot of people have been switching to stand-up desks as a way to get them off their duffs. I like the idea, but I have enough gray hair to know I likely can’t stand all day long without some other parts of my body complaining, so I wanted an adjustable desk that could allow me to sit or stand while I work. I also had the requirement that this adjustable portion had to fit inside the armoire desk that I currently use.
I had the idea to make this desk slide up and down on rails. As a locking mechanism I chose to use clutch plates from pipe clamps, which in turn, chose the material for the rails, 3/4” pipe.
Overall I am happy with the results. Fully loaded, the desk is fairly heavy so I do ponder if it would have been more manageable to use quick-grip type clamps for the mechanism and rails in place of the pipe clamps. I can move it ok with the pipe clamps but it is a bit clumsy. The desk does have a little bit of play in it so I will likely be adding a bracket or brace that goes from the surface to the underside of the pipe rail.
The Wood: Maple. It was from the side of an old maple dresser that had been ruined by too much time in a basement. My son and I refinished it with some scraping to remove the old finish and some planing to get it down to some fresh unstained wood.
The Finish: Shellac, wiped on with a bit of mineral oil.
The Mechanism: Deep reach pipe clamps sliding on 3/4” pipe rails angled to 20 degrees so that 14” of rise will cause it to retract 5”
Tools: card scraper, Stanley 81 Cabinet Scraper, Stanley #4 Smoothing plane with a Hock blade, drill press spinning a 1-1/8” Forstner bit, Makita cordless drill, Vaughan Ryoba (Bear saw)
More of the gory details of this stand-up / sit-down desk build
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com