Computer Monitor Riser

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 08-02-2009 02:28 AM 16416 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a friend who asked for something to raise her computer monitor up on her desk to hopefully cure a sore neck. I think she just expected a few boards nailed together, but I like to give myself a challenge :)

It was actually all made from scraps and leftovers: black walnut, birch. Joinery was done using my Incra jig router setup. There’s nothing at all for drawer slides; the drawers were just made snug enough where they don’t drop down much when pulled most of the way out, but loose enough that nothing should rub as the wood expands/contacts. It was a fun project which I hope is enjoyed for many years.

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 03:52 AM

Hey Kevin
very nice riser box simple but elegant design and great woods


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#2 posted 08-02-2009 05:14 AM

Very nice box. Great joints. Great design. Great choice of woods.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 07:11 AM

Now if they only made computer monitors out of such beautiful wood with such excellent craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 07:21 AM

Nice design, wood choice and joints.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 02:42 AM

I have made a few of these myself for friends and family. none as nice as this though…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 03:18 AM

Nice work.

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Kevin Depies

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 03:32 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone!

JM – I don’t know, I just checked out the riser you have posted, and that is one incredible looking joint on the top! I wish I had a Leigh setup to do that now. Really cool…

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 06:01 AM

Great looking project. I just checked walnut and birch on the shrinkulator and guessing that your depth is about 12-14”, you should see less than a 1/10th inch mismatch in seasonal expansion of the two species. I love projects that use contrasting woods. Nice job!

-- SteveL

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Kevin Depies

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 05:47 PM

Steve, thanks for the link! I’ll have to use that calculator on future projects. The project made it into winter with no problem, I’ll watch to see what happens when spring comes around (which couldn’t happen soon enough by the way!).

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