I’ve been through what seems like a dozen computer desk situations over the past couple years. The change from one to the other was mostly due to wanting a better ergonomic situation. And while most of the time I did get a slightly better ergonomic situation I also encountered a problem or flaw (sometimes due to me) that made me make another change or even go back to my last setup. But today I think I can call my current desk the best computer desk ever…..for me anyway.
I was scheduled to have a nose surgery late in 2016. The surgery was going to keep me out of the shop for a bit and I also knew that I was going to be sitting around for a few days while recovering. Because of that I thought I would throw together a quick table that would allow me to bring my computer into the living room to a comfortable location. Then I remembered a cart design that I previously saw on woodgears.ca. It’s a cantilevered design with casters that allows you to bring the computer to a known comfortable location instead of the traditional situation of trying to be comfortable at a computer station. You can find out more about the original design by clicking here.
What I like about the design:
- Easy to build. I milled the lumber, cut everything, assembled, and applied 3 coats of shellac in one day. Materials on hand to completed project in a day. That doesn’t happen often.
- It’s height adjustable. It’s not adjustable in the sense that you can have it loaded up and switch between sit down and stand up easily but it does allow you to dial in the height for whatever chair you will be using it for. If for whatever reason I don’t use this desk for a computer in the future then I can change the height as needed and make it work for something else like my couch.
- It doesn’t take a lot of material to make. It’s a strong design based upon good joinery.
- I think the size of the top is perfect. Good balance between not too big and not too small.
What I don’t like about it:
- There isn’t anything that I don’t like about it.
- My wife says the casters that I chose are ugly. hahahahahahaha. Next time I’ll get them from Bed Bath & Beyond or Pottery Barn ;)
It isn’t build 100% to the original design and dimensions though. I had some extra hickory that I wanted to use up so I chose to use it for this. Because hickory is a nice dense hardwood I was able to decrease some of the dimensions due to my material constraints while still achieving a structurally solid result.