Making A Computer Stand

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I have actually made a wooden represent my computer. Since I developed the , I have actually been utilizing my red adjustable cart as a computer system stand. This was supposed to only be short-term, however it has actually become somewhat long-term. I 'd really like my red adjustable cart back. I started developing this computer system stand as a cart on wheels that would have an inner shell wrapped by an outer piece. This would allow the inner area with the computer system and monitor desk to go up and down and I could have a sitting and standing desk. However after looking at this, it appeared too complicated and I need to make something easier. My next design was to make 2 vertical strips that would hold a shelf for the computer system and a rack for the display. This was much simpler and much thinner as the brand-new stand, computer and me have to fit in between the CNC and dust collector. I also made a drawer for the keyboard that fits under the display desk and protects the keyboard from dust and makes the entire cabinet thinner in that location. I can pull out the keyboard just when I need it. I also made French cleats on the outside of the cabinet so I can save the different tools that I need at the CNC.

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0:00 (introduction).
2:36 (Maker's Mob).
3:29 (the cabinet).
16:56 (the rails).
19:30 (installation).
23:52 (conclusion).

Making A Computer Stand

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  1. Let’s take a second and appreciate the modeling that’s unseen in this video (Dust collector as a hold out object for the reveal)… I got you x

  2. One small quality of life extra i would do (and have done on my own desk), is add a strip of wood on the underside of the keyboard shelf at the front, so you have something you grab when you pull out the tray, or you could use a router to cut a finger groove in the same place.

  3. Love all your videos! Normally, I wouldn’t have any input, just awe in learning. I do have a thought if you ever make changes to this setup, perhaps consider raising the monitor so that you’re looking at a minimum straight ahead or even up just a little bit. All our devices encourage us to look down all the time. I find it good for posture & mechanics to look straight ahead. I’ve been in software for 25 years and have been building my own desks for 15 years because of this.

    1. I noticed too how low the monitor is. As long as he isn’t using it for any length of time he’d be okay. But if that’s where he’s actually doing the designs, which will be time consuming, that monitor needs to come up.

  4. An ergonomic tip that I really enjoy is that the top 1/3 of the monitor should be above eye level. Looks like you’d spend a bit of time looking down at the monitor which might strain the neck.

    1. Also, elbows bent about 90 degrees. I think if it were 6 inches higher it would feel great. -worth a shot.

  5. Looks good – seems kind of overly robust but in a space where you’re often swinging large pieces of wood around it might be good to have that physical protection for the computer. And the added dust deflecting is going to be great.

    For the cable management, I would move the power strip to the underside of the shelf that the PC is sitting on. That way it’s very much out of the way and gives you a little more room on the shelf with the PC. The plugs should have enough “clutch” to be plugged in in a hanging configuration.

  6. The lower front of the cabinet has points sticking out, you can trim them a little at 45° or have them rounded. It will save you from shin injury.

  7. While basically meant as a utilitarian piece, can we just appreciate how beautiful pine in general and especially the old weathered pieces used here, can be with the different tones of yellow, gray/blues, pink/reds, sometimes even greens… Beautiful.

  8. Great project, and nice to put old wood to new uses. Looks like it’ll be nice to keep that traffic lane open too, I’m sure I’d have gone flying over that stool eventually!

  9. the “correct” height should be the top of the monitor at eye level. you can use velcro ties for cable management. also you can get case fan meshing to cut down on dust infiltration.

  10. You could always mount a wide angle webcam on top of the monitor to, um, monitor the CNC in a viewer window. Might be a neat new perspective for your videos, as well. Thanks for sharing this build!

  11. During the introduction I had my mouth open. What you did there in cutting, timing and talking was far more professional than 99% of all Youtubers. It was amazing to watch. Thank you!

  12. Very cool standing desk. Always a pleasure to watch your design process. That aged pine looks super nice.

  13. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to use a monitor support arm instead of the standard stand. Other than that, this is a functional and space-saving piece of furniture. Well done Frank.

  14. Great video as we’ve learned to expect!
    You might consider getting a trackball to use instead of the mouse. For this kind of small surface, not having to be concerned if there’s enough room for mouse movement seems like a good thing to me.
    Thank you for bringing us along!

  15. Can we all just stop for a moment to recognize that this legend is basically making his own plywood for this project.

  16. The video production was outstanding, showing your ideas on the screen as you are talking. I love that you don’t mind sharing how the ideas change a little as you start to make stuff. I don’t think I’ve ever had a project that didn’t change.

  17. 30 years as a computer tech, whenever you use compressed air to blow out the computer, stick a screwdriver or something in the fans to keep them from spinning. The compressed air can overspin the fans damaging the tiny bearings. You might want to consider a wireless keyboard and mouse set. Brilliant video.

  18. To reduce fatigue the elbow should be at 90 degrees when working the keyboard. Raise it until that is the right level. It would also raise the screen for center visibility. Don’t get “used” to it, make it better.. I would remove 4-6 inches off of the top edge for visibility. Love your work!

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