DIY Stand Up Desk Modification

DIY Stand Up Desk Modification


Hey what’s up it’s Andrew with Field Treasure Designs! So I’m back in my office with another project. So when we
got here I didn’t have a desk and I needed to get to work so I looked on
Facebook Marketplace, found an old library desk table. The problem was it
was just a little too short and I want to join the standing desk movement and
as you can see it’s pretty sweet to be able to walk up get work done and then
walk away without having to sit down plus it’s just better for your health,
right? So for 20 bucks I bought some posts at the local hardware store
modified it according to the desk and raised it up. Then I added a few other
customizations but overall this thing is awesome and I’d love to show you how I
did it so check this out. So first I wanted to take off just one leg I wasn’t
quite ready to give up my desk yet so I used my stool to prop up the corner
while I took the leg off made my measurements and just made sure this
project was gonna work. As you can see that was before I had done my new
shelves on the corner if you haven’t seen that video check that out. Next it
was time to cut the legs for my desk I used two 4×4 posts eight feet long each
we’re talking like 20 bucks. How awesome is that? So each leg was attached by what’s
called a threaded hanger bolt and all I did was unscrew these out of the
existing legs to then screw them back into the new legs that I was building. I’ll put a link to them in case you want to check some out for your own needs. So
as you can see the profile of my new legs is a little bit bigger than the
existing legs but that’s okay. I went ahead and lined them up to make my marks
because I was going to shave them down to be able to match the exact dimension. It’s okay that the legs themselves were a little bit wider than the other ones. I
didn’t mind. In fact that was gonna be kind of nice. So that’s the profile of
what I’m gonna need to cut out. Since the legs laid on a corner I needed to make
my own jig to hold them steady while I used my spoke shave
to carve out each section of what I needed to remove. And here’s the spoke
shape thankfully I still had it in my toolbox. So I went to work grinding away
and then I realized man the post kept moving towards me and then I had an idea.
Boom. It was a stop block to help it push against it. Easy idea. Little sanding just
to clean it up. Here’s a quick shot of the set up as you
can see was a little janky but it worked. Then I had three more to do. I grabbed the old legs to find the
location of the hole to use that measurement for my new legs. Transfer the
lines and if you remember I had taken the old bolts out of the old legs. I
grabbed a 3/8 inch drill bit and then I measured up to the depth of where the
bolt was inserted into the wood. I put some tape in to make my mark and got to work
drilling. Held my drill nice and level and just use that tape as the stop depth. Once I was done I just reversed the
process inserting the bolt and then turning it by hand. And there it is. It will be secured with
a butterfly nut. And then the fun part – to go install these bad boys. Tt went pretty
straightforward. Had my little helper come in for a second. Then adjust the
seat. And just like that I’ve got a standing desk now. But I wasn’t finished.
I wanted to do a shelf underneath for my printers, so I went to my buddy shop to
drill holes in the black pipe that I was gonna use. Then I took them back to my
shop to get rid of all those sticky labels.
I used a utility knife blade to remove all of the labels. Then I assembled the
pipe shelf hanger. Tt’s always a good idea to assemble your pieces so that
they’re a tight fit when they’re ready to install. After a little bit of trial
and error I got it to line up perfect. You’re probably thinking “what is this
gonna be for?” Don’t worry I’m gonna show you just in a second. It’s gonna hold the
front part of my bottom shelf. A few more adjustments and now ready. Next was to
install it underneath the desk and now you can probably see what I’m doing. Next was to cut my backboard with a shelf to rest on on the back of the desk. Did a
bunch of pocket holes and we’re ready to bring it in. One side and then to the
other side. As you can see my helpers back. Then it was back to the shop to cut
my shelf out of one half-inch plywood. I decided to just go with the natural look
rounded the edges to make it nice and smooth,. Busted out the sander just making
it real nice – I thought “you know let’s not worry about staining” – it let’s just
keep it natural since I’m already modge podge’n in the look of the desk anyways. Laid it in. Perfect fit. Attached to my
screws then I laid the printers on top. Oooh that’s looking good. I wrangled all
my cords with zip ties which is a trick I like to use. Since it was so cold
outside and I didn’t want to take the desk apart anyways, I decided to just
stain it right there with some cardboard underneath and I just was real careful
with it. I went with the same color as I had done with my pipe shelves, that’s the
finished project you can see behind me there. Since I wanted this desk to be
done as soon as possible I decided not to strip down the top and refinish it.
I’m okay with it looking like a mash up right now. My last step was to fasten the
plywood shelf to the pipe. And there it is the finished product. This is my
standing desk mod I took an old library desk and converted it to a standing
workspace that is awesome. I’ve got my shelf underneath. I’ve got a stool if I
need it. It fits in even though it’s kind of a mash-up of stains but I love it.
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