Creating a Lift Desk #2: Designing the Desk

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Blog entry by Underdog posted 12-03-2015 10:17 PM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a lot of measuring (both the office and the mechanism), I drew up the stripped down drafting table in Sketchup, and imported into Cabinet Vision. I then came up with a design to incorporate both the mechanism, and the storage I wanted, as well as meeting other design criteria mentioned in my previous post.

I did not get to make it in Cherry as I originally wanted, because, well… I just didn’t need to spend that much money. I would have liked it a lot better. Maybe the second go round, huh?

So I wound up deciding on 3/4” Maple Ply with black trim. I also finally decided on shaker doors and fronts, as well as re-using some prefinished trim that was unused on previous jobs. That would be 5-1/4” base molding, 1-9/16” modified RB3 on the sub-top of the bases, and 1-1/4” nose mold on the top.

I would create two base cabinets, then bolt them to a finished back, and the base of the mechanism would be bolted to a cleat under the deck to tie it all together. Then the top would be bolted to the arms. Also note the skirt fastened to the top to hide all the electronics and wiring paraphernalia.
So here’s a couple of line drawings and a render.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#1 posted 12-04-2015 12:12 AM

I have thought about building something similar. But have got no farther than some thought. I like your concept and design. I will watch with interest as you proceed.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 12-04-2015 05:45 PM

Thanks for following along!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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