Introduction: Monitor Stand - Desk Organizer With Lamp and Leds
I needed a monitor stand and a desk organizer but I could not find anything which fits my need on the market. So I decided to create one myself.
Plus, I really like the idea of wood working without too many machines, so I only used an electric drill / screwdriver and did all the rest by hand.
- Plywood (5mm, 10mm and 15mm)
- Saws (scroll saw, Japanese hand saw)
- Lamp socket
- Aluminium (or other metal slab)
Step 1: 3D Design With Tinkercad
I first designed it on Tinkercad to get the actual dimensions (https://www.tinkercad.com/things/gFYRRttyeHG)
The top board will have a place to put your pencils and hold your smartphone on the front and two headsets spots on the back.
The different holds will be sharpened in the top board. I will explain that later.
Step 2: Buying Plywood
Obviously, the first part is to go to the local store to buy some plywood. I got 3 pieces of plywood, each in 800 x 400 mm but with different thickness (5, 10 and 15 mm).
The top layer and the sides will be 15 mm thick. Since I didn't want to use a router or any other machine, I decided to cut the 5 mm board and glue it to the 10 mm.
Step 3: Making the Top Layer
First, I cut the 5mm plywood to the size I wanted (600 x 300 mm).
Then, I cut the holes inside this top board.
Measurements, hand saw, drill, scroll saw, file, quite a lot of fun !
Later, I would glue it to the 10 mm board but before that, let's make the sides.
Step 4: Making the Sides and the Drawer
I did not want an actual rectangle for the sides, so I made a shape, as smooth as possible with my scroll saw.
The sides are made from the 15 mm plywood.
After cutting them, I added the slides for the drawer.
It was time to add the top board (10 mm), fixed with glue and screws.
Since I wanted another design for the drawer, I got a simple pine wood, cut the correct size and screw it to the slides.
The pine wood was bent (because of too much humidity outside), so I let it a couple of days with clamps and it was (almost) flat at the end ! Well, at least flat enough for me.
Step 5: Fixing the Final Top View and Adding Leather
Once the top board and the sides were correctly fixed together, I glued the 5 mm top board to it.
Then I added the leather in the speakers location and pencil case. (You can see the pine wood drawer too).
Step 6: Making the Lamp and Smartphone Holder
The lamp is also made from plywood. I need a lamp that can move with a 360° angle and with different lengths.
I cut 3 pieces of 150 mm each and then used my scroll saw. The pieces are fixed with some screws painted in black.
Once again, I used the scroll saw to cut a circle in the plywood and than dig a hole to add the ball bearing.
Then I added a wood stick to fix the arm on it and I hided the ball bearing under an metal board.
Finally, a switch is added to the base.
For the socket, I cut some pieces of 5mm plywood, and glue them together, check this out.
Once it was glued, I made a hole for the socket and to fix the arm.
The smartphone holder was easy to make, a simple piece of wood, shaped like the letter 'U' and glue to the top.
Step 7: Electricity
At this point, I got all my wood parts done. I only needed to fix the lamp, and add some electricity.
My needs were simple, I wanted a lamp, some leds to light on the area between the screen and the chair but also only one plug.
Step 8: Conclusion
A great challenge finished ! I can now work in better conditions and everything is well organized.
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