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Building a Custom Monitor Stand

03 April 2018

I’ve bought a new desk as well as a new monitor, so I’ve decided to improve my setup. The desk is a simple Ikea Hilver table, but I built the monitor stand. Since I wanted to keep track of what I did, I took some pictures and I figured I could share them here… to be honest I’m not a good handyman, so I’m not sure if it’ll be useful to anyone but here you go!

Home desk with a custom monitor stand

Note that it is heavily inspired by Jeff Sheldon’s stand, but I didn’t use raw wood because I felt a simple melamine white panel would look better with the bamboo desk. I also didn’t want to use the Capita legs because they would make my monitor way too high and hurt my neck in the long run, so instead I built custom legs.

Disclaimer: This article was a nightmare to write in english, I couldn’t find proper translations for woodworking terms I only knew in French like “tasseaux”, “double filetage”, “chant thermocolant”, “niveau”… so don’t hesitate to correct me in the comments!

The Material

  • Melamine white panel 80cm x 25cm, 6.95€
  • Leftover pine wood approx. 2m, 2€
  • Double threaded bolts, 2.79€
  • Thermobonding decorative film, 5.40€

How To Build It

Building a custom monitor stand

I bought really simple leftover piece of pine already cut like this. In order to build the legs I just had to cut it into 4 pieces of 5cm each - instead of 10cm for the smaller legs I found out at retailers.

Building a custom monitor stand

Be careful when measuring! The sad thing is that I only have this really old school saw that destroys everything in its path. It did the job, but I was happy to have a bit more wood than I actually needed.

Building a custom monitor stand

The raw four legs.

Building a custom monitor stand

Since the saw did quite a number on the wood, some sanding was needed to smooth everything out. If the leg was too damaged but still working I saved it for the less visible back of the monitor stand.

Building a custom monitor stand

Testing if everything is level… success!

Building a custom monitor stand

Now drilling into the legs.

Building a custom monitor stand

Then to add the double thread bolt.

Building a custom monitor stand

There might be a better way to do it, but I used pliers to screw it to the legs.

Building a custom monitor stand

There are some minor imperfections, but that’s fine since they are mostly going to be underneath the panel.

Building a custom monitor stand

Now to measure where to add the legs. I decided to offset them a lot from the edge of the panel. This in addition to their color really close to the bamboo should make them barely visible.

Building a custom monitor stand

Protip: use a piece of tape to know exactly how far to drill!

Building a custom monitor stand

Screwing the legs, then testing the level again.

Building a custom monitor stand

Since it’s a white panel, I wanted to use decorative film on the sides to hide the wood. The one I found was thermobonding, so I had to use an iron. To avoid damaging it, I put a piece of paper between the iron and the film.

Building a custom monitor stand

Then to remove the extra material with a cutter.

Building a custom monitor stand

If it’s not very precise, it doesn’t feel correct.

Building a custom monitor stand

Looking good!

Home desk with a custom monitor stand

Underneath the monitor stand I can hide a USB hub where I plug the mouse and keyboard so I don’t have too many wires going around, but I’ll probably get a wireless mouse and keyboard soon. On top of it I store a few things, including my bluetooth speaker. I didn’t invest into bigger speakers because I mostly use my tacky gaming headset. My monitor is a simple 24’’ HP and on the side you can see my 2012 Macbook Pro that’s still holding up very well.

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