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Makakio

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11-25-2015 03:24 AM

Hello all -

Need to raise this battleship by 14” and make it a standing desk. Aesthetics aren’t really important – a solid design to adding 14” risers to each side will be the key. Currently I’m thinking about adding solid 2x material below the sides for the height and sandwiching it on both sides with some plywood and then drilling through to sandwich the joint.

Thoughts?


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iminmyshop

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 03:28 AM

It would not be pretty but you can build a riser the same way a wall is built. Make believe it is a small wall just 14” tall and cover the sides with 1/4” plywood. You could then finish the sides however you liked.

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 05:55 AM

why not screw some 3/4” ply to the sides,the height the sides are now plus 14”,then if you care, veneer over the screws.

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 11:57 AM

If aesthetics are not important, go “college style” with it. We used to raise our beds to create storage underneath…by putting a beer can under each leg.

I reckon it would take about 100 beer cans to raise this 14”.

There’s lots of football on TV during the next week…should be able to get a good start on that.

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rwe2156

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 04:05 PM

4 notched 3×3’s either on outside or inside of panels.

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 04:36 PM

If you don’t need the entire surface raised to standing height, you can also make a riser to put on top of the base desk. Looks like a large wall mounted monitor, which could get funky, but for me I’ve got a 18” x 36” top with a 16” base, keyboard is wireless and the monitor has enough cord so I just move what I’m working on up so I can stand.

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Richard H

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 04:53 PM

How hard would it be to take the sides off the desk and just replace them with longer new ones?

You might end up having to refinish the entire table to make it all match but if you really wanted to be picky you could probably make it look like it was built that way or at least close to it.

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Daruc

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#7 posted 11-25-2015 06:05 PM

Not worried about aesthetics?, Just bolt 2- 2×4’s to each leg (on the inside) done!
If you wanted, you could bullnose or round over the 2 sides of each 2×4 and stain them to match for a better look.
That would be plenty strong enough.

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 08:09 PM



why not screw some 3/4” ply to the sides,the height the sides are now plus 14”,then if you care, veneer over the screws.

- daddywoofdawg

I like this idea. Should be easy and fairly cheap. Maybe through bolt each piece in at least four places with 1/4 inch bolts, washers and nuts. Two pieces of 3/4 inch plywood cut to approximately the width of the sides and about 24 inches in length will provide the needed height and room to secure it to the side.

That should be plenty sturdy. The desk will provide the needed stability.

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alittleoff

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#9 posted 11-25-2015 08:27 PM

Get the maple or birch finish cabnet style plywood, and I think you will have a close match to what
you have now.
Gerald

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alittleoff

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 08:27 PM

Get the maple finish cabnet style plywood, and I think you will have a close match to what
you have now.
Gerald

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Makakio

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#11 posted 11-30-2015 05:21 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU all!

Apologies for the delayed response but Thanksgiving travel took over.

Much appreciated advice and I’ll take a photo once done and post it here for (what is certain to be) your amusement…

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 11-30-2015 05:45 PM

Aesthetics aren’t really important

Cement blocks.

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 11-30-2015 07:31 PM

Cut a hole about 14 inches deep into the floor, stand in there and leave the desk alone. Like the Jerry Lewis movie – ‘Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.’

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Underdog

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#14 posted 12-08-2015 03:50 AM

Here's what I'm doing.

Might be a bit overkill for what you want though. You might find it interesting nonetheless.

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