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Project by jamsomito posted 03-27-2020 06:42 PM 772 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this knock-down tabletop height-adjustable standing desk for my wife while we’re all stuck working from home. She’s used to being very active during the day for her job so this allows her to keep her legs busy while being restrained by the computer all day. Really it was because she stole some of my modular hardware containers to use for this purpose and now I can have those back :) Just kidding, she does a lot for this family and she deserved something nicer.

This was sized for what she wanted to put on it, and the overall height and adjustability range were determined by the surfaces she might migrate to during the day (kitchen island, dining table, her own desk in a quiet place). I also wanted it to knock-down when not needed because the hardware boxes were really in the way when she was using those.

This is what I could come up with. Made with some scrap ply I salvaged from an old entertainment center I got for free. Notable features are the shelf slots I cut with the dado stack, my first mortise and through tenon that I somehow managed to get tight enough to minimize racking on the shelf (done on the router table and cleanup with a chisel), and the weight-saving material removal from the legs.

I wanted to sand off the gross special walnut/ aged golden oak stain but it just wasn’t happening without spending way too much time on it. So I’ll probably paint this white some day. For now, she just needed something to use and I’m happy with it. Some project highlights below:





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 07:46 PM

Justification of ones tools to their spouse is a sure way to have a tool allowance. Well done. Plus good on you for thinking of your Wife’s comfort. A 2 way win is hard to beat.

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#2 posted 03-28-2020 01:18 AM

That’s really nice. Great job. I bet she loves it.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#3 posted 03-28-2020 03:44 AM

Nice design! And great that you can knock it down! Nice work!

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#4 posted 03-28-2020 09:38 AM

Very cool! Love the design! Hope she likes it!

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#5 posted 03-28-2020 07:40 PM

I’m pretty sure you don’t have plans, but could you give us some basic dimensions so we could build our own?

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jamsomito

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#6 posted 03-29-2020 12:29 AM


I m pretty sure you don t have plans, but could you give us some basic dimensions so we could build our own?

- totalrewind

Sure, although I designed this around our specific use case. I’d highly recommend considering how tall your surface is where you’ll be busing it, and how tall you prefer your standing work surface. Using this on the lowest tier is still totally fine, just a little weird with the two towers sticking up on either side. Also, the shelf was designed around my wife’s laptop, which is on the smaller side. I have a surface pro and it barely fits because of the kick stand.

My dimensions came out to be:
Legs: 24 tall x 15.5 wide. It was wider before I made the curve on the front and I was limited by my scrap plywood sizes. This makes for a good angle though, I think.
Shelf notches: as deep as my dado stack would make them, and 2” apart on center.
Shelf: 21 wide x 10 deep. Usable space is less due to the legs.
Stretcher: 5in deep

If I could do it again, I’d find a way to make the stretcher vertical instead of horizontal to help prevent racking. Make sure your mortise is good and tight to minimize it if you’re using this exact design.

Good luck, and post yours if you make one!

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#7 posted 03-29-2020 02:22 AM

What a terrific idea

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#8 posted 04-03-2020 05:12 AM

What a good project. You did a great job, I think I may try my hand at one of those for my wife if that’s ok with you of course. Thank for sharing.

-- Rayman24

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#9 posted 04-03-2020 11:12 AM



What a good project. You did a great job, I think I may try my hand at one of those for my wife if that s ok with you of course. Thank for sharing.

- Rayman24

Go for it! I’d love to see your take on it if you make any revisions.

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