Monitor Stands for Daddy's Little Girl

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Project by Picken5 posted 02-19-2015 10:32 PM 2536 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, she’s actually a grown woman and a talented professional. I’m very proud of her, in fact. But she’s still my little girl. I’m sure a good many of you “L-jocks” out there understand.

My daughter asked me to build her some monitor stands for her office to help relieve some neck strain. She started by asking me to make these out of some inexpensive plywood, stained to match her desk. Her idea was basically a box, but open in the front. Not being very fond of staining much of anything, I offered to make these out some solid wood that was naturally the color she wanted — and we came up with Jatoba. I also offered to make some drawers for the two of them which she thought that was a wonderful idea. The end result was what you see here. The wood is mostly Jatoba. I built the drawer sides and back from curly maple and used Baltic birch for the bottoms. The finish is Danish oil followed by multiple coats of wipe-on poly.

(She sent me the photo of the stands in her office — the monitor screens have been intentionally blurred to protect the innocent.)

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 10:50 PM

I love making projects like these that are used and appreciated on a daily basis.
Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 10:51 PM

Nice project Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 11:04 PM

Beautiful work and I’m sure you’re a much appreciated dad. Maybe you should find you a market for them. All the women I know with home offices want them neat with personal touches and those would definitely add a personal touch to their offices and give them bragging rights.

I understand daughters having five of them. The oldest is 40 now and will pop in and say..hey dad!...those two words make my knees start hurting.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 04:05 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. Yeah, she’s pretty special to me.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 11:37 AM

The right product for the right person.
Nice job and for a good reason.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 12:59 PM

Very nice.

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

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 05:13 PM

Those monitor stands are beautiful and will get even better as the jatoba ages. That is one of my favorite woods.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#8 posted 02-20-2015 05:34 PM

Very cool!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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#9 posted 02-20-2015 10:37 PM

Holy crap why didn’t I think of this? Been such an idiot for years and years…Geez.
Thank you, this is on my to-steal-idea list.

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