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Project by tyvekboy posted 06-17-2014 09:11 PM 9623 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 17, 2014

I spent Father’s day bonding with my youngest son who is the father to my 2 grandchildren.


The goal was to build a structure to hold 2 (possibly 3 in the future) flat panel computer displays as well as a laptop computer from the back edge of a desk with the smallest footprint. The adjustments had to be tool-less.

We first set out to design it in Sketch Up and came up with 3 versions—each improving on the previous. The last one is the one we built.


The main structure was the backbone that everything would hang on.
The holes in the front are to route cables and cords.

This backbone is clamped to the back edge of a desk. In this photo shoot we used our dining table to simulate a desk. For the clamp we used a small 1/2 inch pipe clamp with a short piece of 1/2 inch black pipe.

Then the vertebra (adjustable modules) were built that used a 1/2” dowel that hooked into the notches on the back of the backbone. When the vertebra is tilted at about a 45 degree angle the module has enough clearance to move up and down on the backbone.

To each vertebra is attached a horizontal mounting bar with holes to which articulating links are attached (one for each flat panel display or laptop holder).

The monitor holder was wider than the holder for the laptop computer because of the width of each flat panel computer display.

If the articulating links look familiar, I used them when I built the dust collector for my drill press.

When the vertebra is at the desired height, the 1/2 inch dowel in placed in the notch and rotated down to lock in place.

This is what it looks like when in the full down position.

This is a look at the underside of each vertebra module that holds the monitors. The articulating arms are attached with wing nuts to each other; to the monitor Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) plates; and to the horizontal mounting bar.

View form the back left.

At the end of each articulating arm is attached a block through which 4 screws are used to attach to the VESA – Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) mounting holes on the back of each flat panel display.

Another view from the back right.

A laptop computer holder is attached to the end of one articulated arm.

What’s nice about this system is that Each articulating arm can be made as long or as short as required.

This is the view from the front with 2 flat panel displays and the laptop computer holder.

The next version (or additions to this one) will include vertical legs that will help with the slight sagging observed when this was tested.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this project. Maybe you have a situation that this idea would be applicable.

Comments are encouraged and questions are welcomed.

Thanks for looking.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 09:25 PM

Another great, innovative solution! Love your articulation and that Apple looks just like the one I have.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Nathan H.

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 09:33 PM

Hmmm that gives me some ideas…. Great idea!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 10:55 PM

This is an awesome solution! Thank you for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 10:58 PM

Very cool. I like that table that those flat panels are reflecting in.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 11:07 PM

Outta sight! I love ‘em!! They so neat looking and functional!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 11:32 PM

That is another premium bild Alex .
Love the way all your shop fixtures are so well thought out and built .
I dont have a tv or computer in the shop but my little stereo and CD holder would love a home like that and it would also be great to hold drawings and sketches in a vertical position .

Thanks for this and be well Klaus

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-18-2014 02:01 AM

Great tower! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to be able to turn my monitor on it’s end like you have here! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 06-18-2014 02:50 AM

I appreciate the thought and work that went into designing and building this. Very clever and innovative (and great layout and execution)

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 06-18-2014 07:00 AM

It doesn’t just work well, but it looks great too. Very nice design and workmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-18-2014 10:47 AM


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 06-18-2014 12:43 PM

Ingenious, looks like very high level workmanship.

-- Chris K

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 01:52 AM

Thanks to everyone who left a comment and favorited this project.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 06-23-2014 02:25 PM

How fun this project must have been for the two of you. Fantastic “out of the box” solution!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 06-02-2018 02:26 AM

I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled on it today through Pintrest. FANTASTIC idea and well executed.

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