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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 06-08-2012 01:20 PM 1692 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2012 01:20 PM

Hi All!

I’m looking to start a new (hopefully quick) project for work. my money maker is in a cubicle, and I’d like to start having the ability to stand while I work. I have a dual monitor set up, so I would need to raise both monitors, and a keyboard/mouse arrangement. So far my thought process seems stuck on coming up with a plan akin to the adjustable sawhorses (like in the Family Handyman website and in their Readers Digest book) and just putting a piece of 3/4 in birch ply across the top and banding it so it looks decent. I’m sure this would work for the monitors since there wouldn’t be much movement – I’d put them on the desk before I raised or lowered the sawhorses/legs. Anybody out there done something similar to this? I’m working at getting my idea into SketchUp – plus deciding if I can downgrade from a 2×4 lumber to a 1×3 since the weight will be ~10lbs a monitor – if that? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks all!


-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 03:47 PM

I’m noodling a much bigger version of this problem – making a “real” desk with a height change feature.

The basic way folks get adjustability is to do some version of counterweighting. The commercial systems use a spring. I’m thinking of pulleys and weights. There is also the idea of using a car jack.

Since appearance doesn’t seem to be top of your list, how about two rectangles at the ends, with the ply top (perhaps you want to reinforce it with something underneath) riding in some kind of guide (could be just T-track) on the 4 corners to keep it level, with a cable running over a pulley at the top and a counterweight on each side. Maybe have some holes with a removable dowel or something that holds it at a specific height

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 04:48 PM

Hi BR! Thanks for the idea! That seems a bit overboard for my small idea- and I’m not quite sure I remember enough science about pullies and such – but it does sound fun! I’ve run into another snag – I forgot that my adjustable legs have to start at six inches above my desk and go up to about 26 inches to put the middle of my monitors at eye height. The original sawhorse design I have doesn’t adjust down that low. Hm. back to the drawing board! might have to give your counterweight idea a try!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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