Having invested in a new PC case with glass sides, I wanted to be able to see into it when sat at my desk. Additionally, having no available room to place it on the desk itself, I decided to make a display stand. Something fairly simple but stable was required with somewhere to place cables out of sight.
This could obviously have been designed to include some additional functionality but I promised my wife this would be a quick project this time.
Skill level - intermediate.
- Blackboard vinyl
- Wood glue
- Paint and varnish
- Self Levelling feet
- Threaded inserts
- Metal ROG sticker
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Step 1: Basic Construction - Part 1
It's a box! Nothing too complex required here - it just needs to be stable and functional.
The basic pieces were cut and wooden battons screwed into place.
Once complete, four of the sides were screwed together.
The rear panel was cut further to provide an access port to store the powerstrip, cables and a router.
A chamfer bit was used to create bevelling on the 4 vertical edges of the box - something to add a little interest to the overall shape and also to soften the angles.
Step 2: Basic Construction - Part 2
The top and bottom panels were then cut (oversized), screwed into place and a flush trim router bit used to line everything up.
The basic box section was now complete.
Hardwood was used for the legs. These were shaped and were to be sanded and rouned at the edges later.
Holes were drilled into the bottom of the legs and threaded inserts screwed into place which were to hold the self levelling feet.
Step 3: Preparation and Finishing
The rough MDF edges were filled with car body filler and sanded down until smooth.
After a few passes to make sure there were no lumps and bumps, blackboard vinyl was applied around the 4 vertical surfaces.
Ribbed rubber sheeting was used on the top face and glued into position before being trimmed back. Only a section of this is shown for the texture to be seen. It was used to add some contrast / interest to the overall look but mere importantlyh to provde a non slip surface for the PC to rest on.
A Metal ROG sticker was then applied to the front of the unit.
Step 4: Complete Project
Once the legs were filled, sanded and painted, They were bolted onto the underside of the stand.
Finally, the unit was placed next to my desk and the PC moved into position.
I'm happy with the outcome; it's fairly understated and serves the purpose for which it was built.