cool aluminum extrusions from OpenBeamUSA (which I learned about from one of our members at TechShop San Jose)
and see what I can make, &
get some experience on the manual vertical mills.
Second objective was to make an adjustable desk for my laptop.
As a DC at TechShop I am always trying to learn new skills and get better at using all of the machines
in our shop. Somehow the mills have eluded me this past year, but no longer!
I did some research to see what other designs have been made and I came up with this simple design
that would both use the extrusions and a few machined parts to perform the necessary functions I was
trying to achieve.
Autodesk Inventor to design all my parts
Step 1: Design
I went through several variations before settling on the design that I actually built.
First off, I wanted adjust-ability. With three adjustable arms on either side the desk
can be positioned at many different heights and configurations depending on the
situation. Secondly, this project is using the aluminum extrusions, so all my fixtures
must easily mount to the extrusions. Thankfully OpenBeamUSA was nice enough
to provide me with their CAD drawings.