Fast, Cheap, Amazing. Pick Two.
This Instructable is part of a longer exploration of material reuse that I'm calling the Offcuts Series. I hope you find my little project interesting—most of my dimensions were discovered along the way, so making a recipe to built the exact same thing didn't make much sense. However, if you do decide you want to make an identical piece, let me know in the comments and I'll throw a printable PDF in with the dimensions for you.
After working here at Instructables HQ for awhile and staring at a monitor that sits about a foot low for comfortable viewing, it became clear I was going to need to take matters into my own hands if I wanted to be comfortable. What better way than to build my own laptop and monitor stand?
There are many thoughts as to the best way to go about this sort of project, and many trees felled printing books about 'proper' ergonomics. The main targets I wanted to it were pretty simple—keep the centerline of the monitor at bang-on eye level when I am sitting with good posture in my chair, and do my best to center the laptop's screen next to it. In service of these goals, the criteria I chose to stick to were pretty few:
1. Upcycled/reused materials.
2. Simple forms.
3. Minimal fasteners.
I started out with the idea that all of the materials, aside from fasteners, would be recycled or reused. My last project, the Work/Play TV Tray, used only wood that I found lying around in the shop here at Instructables HQ, so it made sense to follow some similar rules this time.
For this project, I decided to use only wood from a couple of things that I had lying around—a quickie monitor stand built by Mikeasaurus that he'd given me, and a shipping crate that found its way into my hands.
At least for getting the crate and monitor stand apart:
Nail-pulling Pincer Pliers
Cutting & Assembly:
Bandsaw (You could easily use a hand saw)
Table Saw (You could easily use a Skil or other circular saw)
Drill Press (not necessary for this project, but nice to have!)