[LOG] DIY butcherblock motorized computer desk build

Skripka

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New Year, and I need a new desk. So, seeing a bunch of projects and a few tech-tuber versions of it; this sill be my own spin on the butcherblock computer desk. Not seeing any threads doing this sort of thing on SFFNet, so figured I'd log it all.

My 10+ old cheapo chipboard and veneer desk is sagging, and ghetto, and could stand to be taller without needing wood blocks underneath it to adjust it. So a steel frame full supporting the table, and motored legs...and butcherblock.

Parts collection:


Reusing my monitor arm, and SFFPC in my sigrig. Probably will through bolt it as it is now, rather than clamping to the table

Questions up in the air:

A) Keyboard tray...my present keyboard arm uses too long a travel rail for any motorized leg system. Sad because it is a great piece of 10+ year old kit. Thinking maybe this and maybe redesigning the bracket to bolt on instead of clamp.

B) What to do about my speakers.....might end up wall mounting them, rather than leaving them on my desk on wedges

C) Under desk cable management to make it slick....may need a cable tray....

D) Block comes with squared off edges...will probably radius the edges of the block for easier use.


Between some woodworking....and stain/varnish dry and offgas time to be safe for kitties in the house....this will probably take a month or two. LOL.
 
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Skripka

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Materials coming in.



And the star attraction came safe and sound...actually the carton was labeled 'fragile' and whatever made a hole or two in it in shipping lost the argument with the block. Less blonde colored and more rose than I was thinking, and also more grain is apparent....nice advertising photos Home Depot

 

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Project update for those doing this.....This butcherblock sheet weighs in at approx 72lbs. Which, the leg system I ordered has a live load rating of 175lbs; and a static load rating of 225lbs. CHECK these before doing this. There are single motor leg systems that WILL NOT be powerful enough to raise/lower a butcherblock table with a computer and monitor on it.
 
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Stain is dry. Time to seal it. Using a Minwax oil poly in gloss. Had to move operations to my shed, Winter is Coming (back).





Probably will have to wait a full day for this fast drying poly to dry with temps dropping and not even topping 50, but the woods needs sealed from atmosphere moisture in fairly short order. At least got 5 out of 6 sides done including the end-grain, which is the big deal.
 

Skripka

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Proper blizzard came. Proper blizzard went, snow melted...it was sunny and 40s....and now it is snowing again.

Meanwhile. A/B sides now both have their second coat of varnish on, the edge grains all have 4 coats and need some sanding for dribbles; and more swag came in the mail. Photoshop alert, Colors of the wood were tweaked a bit to look more like real life at the expense of everything in the background; the problems of working in the Proverbial Dimly Lit Quonset Hut.





MEANWHILE. Swag. Ze leg system:



Keyboard tray, settled on an edge mount as the least bad option:



Speaker stands:



And an under desk hanging mount to attach my UPS...I think I still have enough excess live load capacity to do this. Famous words.