Stand-Up Desk, Part II: Implementation

A few days ago, my dad and I were able to put together the desk. Luckily, we have a small hardware store just 4 blocks away, so we were able to go get materials at the spur of the moment. Said materials turned out to be:

  • (4) cuts of 3/4″ plywood at 11 3/4″ x 21″ (perfectly cut by a store employee)
  • (14) 1 3/4″ wood screws
  • (1) sheet of sandpaper

deskbuilding supplies

To begin, we sanded clean the edges and any ugly stuff on the faces:
deskbuilding-sanding

Then, we pre-drilled the screw holes so that the later drilling would be easier and more aligned. We used 4 holes per side on the top, and 3 holes per side for the keyboard tray.
deskbuilding-predrilling

And, as we had hoped, it was easy to drill some solid holes in an exact way. Here we are with one side left to go…

And we’re done!

Here’s a shot of me on the inaugural run:

And for good measure, a closeup from the worker’s perspective:

That’s it! Now go build your own!

Author: Jonathan Lipps

Jonathan is a Director of Engineering at Sauce Labs, leading a team of open source developers to improve the web and mobile testing ecosystem. He has worked as a programmer in tech startups for over a decade, but is also passionate about academic discussion. Jonathan has master's degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively. Living in San Francisco, he's an avid rock climber, yogi, musician, and writer on topics he considers vital, like the relationship of technology to what it means to be human. Visit jonathanlipps.com for more.

3 thoughts on “Stand-Up Desk, Part II: Implementation”

  1. Ha. ‘Go build your own’, he says. Doesn’t he know that anything I build is a menace to society? That OSHA would send me to jail for life for even attempting anything like that? Well…anyway, congratulations to JTL and RTL for what looks like a great job!

  2. Perhaps some felt pads (two on each leg?) to protect Mom’s precious family room table? A towel seems annoying and unsightly.

    Nice job. JC was a carpenter.

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