Ergonomic Monitor and Keyboard/Mouse Stand

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Project by Scott posted 04-30-2014 05:17 PM 2427 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sit at a computer all day long, every day. While I can always get up and walk around, there’s times when I’m just too busy to do that.

Inspiration came from a coworker who had purchased a commercial model of a sit/stand setup that works great. It’s all extruded aluminum and can be raised/lowed easily. The only problem I had was the $500 price for the base model. So I’ve been thinking about this for a while and finally came up with a design that works for me, and could made entirely (well mostly) out of wood.

I had hung a flat screen on my wall using a pair of cleats made from maple, and that worked well so I duplicated that here. There are two cleats on the stand, with bolts embedded in them that run through to a block on the back side, and secured with some jig knobs from Rockler. They’re vertically adjustable anywhere on the length of that groove.

To move the monitor from either position, it’s just a matter of lifting the monitor off and placing it on the appropriate cleat. I had wanted to do something with gas struts to accommodate the change in position, but this was much simpler to implement. And the monitors only weigh a few pounds.

The companion table for the keyboard/mouse can just be lifted up, and the legs pop out into position (they’re spring loaded). To collapse it back down you just need to hold the table, and put a little pressure on the legs to slide back underneath while lowering it.

Mostly made of cherry, with the exception of the cleats which are made from maple, with some walnut plugs covering the bolt head held within them. Finish is lacquer.

The only thing I’d like to do is come up with a way to make the table legs adjustable height. Haven’t figured out a nice looking solution to that yet.

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 09:09 PM

This is an excellent idea that a lot a folks will be able to make use of – big thanks for sharing!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 11:41 PM

That’s a great idea!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 05-01-2014 03:15 AM

Very cool! A coworker was asking me about something like this just last week.

To give you an idea of how really useful this is, here is a kickstarter project that made 10x more money than they asked for. I wasn’t too impressed by the kickstarter design, but apparently a lot of people were.

447 people paid $25 for the design files!! Scott, I’d love to see you put up something like this with your design. I’ll buy :)

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#4 posted 05-01-2014 12:44 PM

Thanks for the complements everybody.

I was considering making the design available for this at some point in the future. Just need to find the time to actually document the design :)

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#5 posted 05-01-2014 02:55 PM

What a cool an usefull idea! Thanks a lot for sharing!
Did you use the holes of the vesa-mount?

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#6 posted 05-01-2014 03:46 PM

Thanks muesli. Yes, there’s a maple cleat attached to the back of the monitor, using just the top 2 vesa mount points.

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#7 posted 05-01-2014 08:46 PM

Very cool idea.
I´ve been trying to design something clever, for raising my monitor higher up, on my desk. You just forced me to rethink my whole approach.

sigh Back to square one again!


-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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