So I designed a simple stand which was easy to make using parts left over from one of my other projects.
Step 1: Prepare Your Monitor
Next you want to remove the stand from your monitor, this can take a lot of brute force, but it's always best to check with the manual in case there are some little catches you may have missed, in my case even after I had removed the stand there was still a part of the hinge sticking out from the side, but I think I can live with it.
I am lead to believe that some monitors will also allow you to rotate the on screen display for using it as a portrait monitor, I haven't been able to find this option on my monitor, but it isn't often I use the OSD on my monitors anyway.
Step 2: Design Your Stand
You will also want to determine the hight from the desk to the VESA mount, this will vary depending on what size of monitor you have, how high your desk is and various other ergonomic stuff, but it's easier just to hold the monitor portrait and see what hight feels right.
You can then use this information to design any style of stand you like.
Step 3: Cut Plywood Panels
I used a staring bearing guided cutter to cut each of the parts, and held the template onto the plywood using double sided tape.
Step 4: Cut Aluminium Tube
I also cut some small lengths of Acrylic tube to be pushed inside the Aluminium tube, this would help the 10mm Aluminium tube sit centrally on the 6mm threaded bar.
Step 5: Assemble
Once that was set I added the Aluminium tubes, this was done using a penny washer on each side of the side panels and a dome nut on each end of the M6 threaded bar.
Then the base was attached using wood screws through the base and into the two side panels, take care here not to split the side panels or miss them completely when drilling pilot holes through to them.
The last step is to take some M4 screws and shorten them so they can be used to hold the monitor in place, then the monitor can be screwed on to the stand using a single washer at the back and a few on the front to ensure the monitor can stay cool.
Ill go on to the base of the stand in the next step, as this had to be changed due to a design flaw.
Step 6: Further Modifications
The foam discs were cut using a laser cutter and held in place using double sided tape.