While I didn't want to, I knew it was going to be best to have a separate computer station from the CNC bench. So I needed something I could stand at, something portable but stable when in use, and lastly, cheap as possible and still be useful. While brain storming, I had the idea of using a simple hand truck, they are stable when upright, and very easy to move around.
Step 1: Group Photo of the Basics.
I purchased the following items:
1 hand truck from Northern Tools, on sale so it was only $20.74 total.
2 utility shelf brackets, 10" in size, got them from Lowes.
1 plain white shelf that seemed like it would be large enough while in Lowes. $7.37 spent at Lowes.
I had self tapping screws on hand already for the CNC mill project.
Tools... hammer, drill with Phillips bit, some tape, bubble level, Monster Magnet Spine of God playing.
Step 2: Reshapping With Violance!
Step 3: Mounting Brackets to the Shelf.
Once you get just the ends of the brackets mounted to the shelf, move the shelf away from the hand truck and let the brackets rest flat on the shelf and finish securing it with screws. I added a few extra screws. You can see how the utility bracket no longer has a flat surface in the second photo.
Step 4: Mounting the Self to the Hand Truck
After the first bracket is secured, put the hand truck upright and put a bubble level on the shelf, move the free bracket until the shelf is level and then secure the other bracket with self tapping screws.
The utility brackets have 3 holes on each leg, but I added some extra screws though the legs into the hand truck. With self tapping screws, this was a snap.
Step 5: $30 FTW.
I'll edit this later on when I get the monitor mounted up and post some final pictures. But I proud of how cheap/simple this was, wanted to share right away. I couldn't find on here were some one else had done it... to simple for me to be the first.
Step 6: The Money Shot.
The monitor has a base that folds flat against the back of it, and is just resting on the shelf, leaning back against the handle. There is nothing securing it (no hardware or screws). Rolling the hand truck around my garage isn't a problem. Loading it into a car or on my trailer might be, but how often does one move stuff like this across town?
Step 7: Little Details.
The computer case is kept in place with a couple of L brackets and self tapping screws. There was just barely enough room inside the computer case for the screws I had to go though the case, but not into something important inside.
Might be nice to take an extension cord and cut off the female end and put it onto the power strip so it has a long cord that plugs right up, but that isn't a major concern right now.