But a few weeks ago we got extra legs put in in the front of the desks. This meant no more wobbling or sloping desks! Since the desks were now stable some of us in the office tried some DIY standing desks.
|Plastic box as a standing desk|
To settle on dimensions I measured the height of the plastic box - around 280 mm. I decided to make my piece 290 mm as it would be easier to make it lower than higher should I wish to change the height. For the depth I measured the depth of my keyboard, added some length and rounded it up to 300 mm. For the width I decided it had to be 600 mm or more. I found a huge mouse pad cheaply on AliExpress with the measurements 300*800 mm. The space under my desk was 850 mm wide, so something 800 mm wide should fit under there if I needed to store it away. And again, easier to make it smaller if necessary than make it larger.
After drawing up a few designs on paper and looking through the materials pile in the workshop, I settled on a plywood top with a frame all around the bottom and wide legs that would screw into the frame. All the wood was leftovers from my father-in-law making a new deck for his pick-up truck.
Tools used: tape measure, caliper, pen, square, wooden pallet to clamp things to for cutting, 2 speed clamps, circular saw, vice, belt sander, vet-and-dry vacuum cleaner, Power drill*2, impact driver, 3 mm drill bit, square bit, countersinker, wooden stick to stir paint, paint brush
Materials used: Plywood sheet, wood (similar to batten), square head countersink screws, light gray acrylic paint, magazines for paint protection
First I marked and cut the plywood to size.
|Scrap plywood piece with drawing on top|
|Cutting the plywood.|
|Checking that framing is cut to right length|
|All pieces together. The stack is the 4 legs.|
|Sanding the framing and legs.|
|Clamping the pieces in the right spot for drilling and screwing.|
|Quick test to make sure it wasn't lopsided.|
|Adding more screw, countersinking holes.|
|First coat of paint.|
Then the mouse pad arrived and the standing desk attachment looks really good and works perfectly.
|Standing desk with mouse pad.|
Total work time for this project was probably around 6 hours.