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Old 16-05-19, 08:53 PM
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My height adjustable desk

So I have been meaning to post something for a few months. I recently changed jobs, and now work from home a lot more. I also found my old Staple desk (circa 1997) was not really working as well as it might (having added an extra keyboard drawer, mouse pad runners, replaced the desktop with plywood, it was betraying its MDF cheap build quality).

I also had 6 screens hanging off one monitor pole, which was more than the poor thing could take.

So I set about building a new one. I knew I wanted a solid wooden desk, rather than MDF, and I also knew I wanted to have a way to hide about 30 power leads, monitor cables, USB chargers, network cables etc. but also be able to get some of the kit out when I needed to (e.g. laptop chargers when I needed to use the laptop elsewhere).


In the end I bought 4 desktops from Ikea, all 3cm thick beech. The combined weight of these is about 100KG. I then bought 6 height adjustable legs. I built a U shaped desk, with a hinged top – within it, I’ve hidden two 12 way extension leads. One of the “U” shapes is not installed (the study isn’t quite big enough).
The hinged top is on pneumatic arms (like on car boot lids) to keep it up once it is up – it weighs 25KG. I learnt how to French polish (applying a layer of Shellac in alcohol to make a really shiny wooden top) to the desktop.
I also built a holder for two wireless chargers on the desk, one for my personal phone, the other for my work phone.


Unfortunately, after installing 6 monitors, plus two portable monitors, 6 laptops, 3 docks, keyboards and mice, it turned out this was a bit wobbly. The original desk legs were rated to 15KG each. I decided to upgrade to a motorised height adjustable desk frame (actually built for two desks – but it can handle 200KG). The main struggle was getting a sturdy set of desk legs – extending ones to lift 200KG are almost impossible to find – the ikea desk legs I had originally had snapped retention rings on them due to the weight.
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Under the desk is a Lack rack (an IKEA Lack table, which happens to be 19” across), I have (from top to bottom) a netgear router (R9000), a stereo Amp, a 24 port POE gigabit switch, 24 Port gigabit Switch, a 10Gbps switch and my 4U server. The server has 8 x 10TB disks on an 8805 adaptec RAID card, 5 x 1TB disks, 3 x 4TB disks on an 5805 adaptec, 3 x 1TB SSDs in RAID 0, and a 240GB SSD as the boot drive, with a 5960X (watercooled in a 4U case) on an X99-WS and a Titan X to do Plex transcoding and Streaming. It also has a thunderbolt card, 10Gbps NIC, and a TV tuner (for plex).



On the furthest left is a surface laptop 2, a portable USB C monitor, then a surface book 2 (both my company’s), on the desk on the left is my old gaming laptop (10th birthday this year), recently upgraded with a quad core core 2 (which is about the speed of an M3 processor in a tablet), under the middle screen a Samsung Book (10.6” windows tablet). On the right is another portable monitor and on the table underneath is my newer gaming laptop. At the back of the desk on the right is my work laptop (a dell latitude).


On the top row of monitors are two dell 24” U2415 IPS monitors (some of the last 1920 * 1200 monitors), surrounding a P2715 27” 4K monitor. On the bottom row is another U2415 IPS, an X27 Predator (4K, 144Hz, 1000 nit HDR) and a U2408 IPS monitor. The portable monitors are linked to the Surface Book 2, the bottom row monitors are all attached to the dell work PC, and also to my main rig. The monitor on the right is also linked to the server, along with the mouse and keyboard under the desk.


Behind the main keyboard is a Mojo DAC to the Amp, on a USB switch (so I can toggle DAC, keyboard and mouse onto the main rig or my work laptop). The keyboard tray is on rails so it tucks neatly under the desk. Underneath the desk is a USB powered RGB light strip just to give a nice glow to the desk in the dark.


Finally on the far right of the desk is a old PC I rebuilt – my second ever home-built PC. It was an absolute dog, but it looks nice (and retro – 11 years old now). I have it built in a Thermaltake P3 case, with the original Delta V3 waterblock from my first ever watercooling loop. It has the last ever Nvidia intel board (790i Ultra), with a Q9400, a single stick of 8GB of RAM (it won’t boot with more), a 280 GTX (a nice counterpoint to the SLI GTX2080s in the rig behind it). It is connected to an old VA 1280x1024 panel. My eventual plan is to wall mount them both.

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Old 16-05-19, 10:17 PM
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lol this is like seeing organised Chaos.

I have the urge to go there and actually clean up. Including changing the kitty litter hahaha. I opted for just paying £290 approx for an actual office height adjustable frame. 2 T bars either side connected by 3 inch square tubing.

Hydraulics support 250kg. I considered making something like you did but realised I would never have the stability I wanted.
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Old 17-05-19, 12:47 AM
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This... This.. just has... so much real estate
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Old 17-05-19, 06:32 AM
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lol this is like seeing organised Chaos.

I have the urge to go there and actually clean up. Including changing the kitty litter hahaha. I opted for just paying £290 approx for an actual office height adjustable frame. 2 T bars either side connected by 3 inch square tubing.

Hydraulics support 250kg. I considered making something like you did but realised I would never have the stability I wanted.
My next steps are to get a patch panel and do the networking cables neatly. Everything else is cable tied as out of the way (again problem with moving the desk is I can't have cables tight and tidy without breaking something).

The Kitty litter is clean, they both just like to dig in it, normally when I am on a TC...

I could not find any height adjustable frame with hydraulics - and had been warned that a "T" / "I" leg, when combined with the monitors would wobble; I could have saved myself £200! (Frame was ~£500)
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Old 17-05-19, 01:42 PM
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Hey man good to see you! Still playing Fallout? Or was that someone else.

The setup looks like you're going to take over the world haha. Either that or CCTV is your hobby
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Old 17-05-19, 02:21 PM
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Great oogly moogly!! That's a setup and a half, thought I was looking at a screen shot from Johnny mnemonic for a second.
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Old 17-05-19, 08:29 PM
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Still playing fallout, but got a bad taste from 76. I've ended up with FO4 modded to an almost completely different game.

I do have a cctv set up running on the server (2 4k cameras and a ptz 1080p). But I just like having massive screen estate. It also helps for video editing and photo editing.

If anybody asks I don't know where the missiles are from.

In all seriousness I still have 2 tn panels I need to get rid of...
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Old 18-05-19, 05:18 PM
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My next steps are to get a patch panel and do the networking cables neatly. Everything else is cable tied as out of the way (again problem with moving the desk is I can't have cables tight and tidy without breaking something).

The Kitty litter is clean, they both just like to dig in it, normally when I am on a TC...

I could not find any height adjustable frame with hydraulics - and had been warned that a "T" / "I" leg, when combined with the monitors would wobble; I could have saved myself £200! (Frame was ~£500)
I'll see if i remember to take a peek at the brand. In a process of moving the desk soon. Its a hefty weight on its own. But the I bars are connected together so damn strong. The outer legs themselves are 5.5inch diameter or more. It is so rigid that I can kick the side of my desk and it would only cause a ripple in the glass set upon it. Desk itself wont even budge an inch.
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Old 18-05-19, 10:29 PM
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Exactly the same with mine now. Previously vigorous typing / metro exodus would have the monitors shaking. Now the cat has to jump onto the top monitor to make them shake (the poles are 1m, and with his weight that is quite some torque).

I would have loved to do a glass top, but given my old desk broke with the weight of the monitors and the cat (literally broke in two due to the force on the desk clamp) I thought it best not to risk it. Originally I wanted to build a PC in the desk but having 5 wires up to the desk instead of 50 (display, audio and power) is a win. Considering the 9 PCs it serves, I think it is pretty clean.

One thing I am impressed with is the tempered glass on the P3. When building the desk I dropped one of the leaves that extend the desk (complete with laptop monitor stand and portable monitor) onto the edge of the glass panel. Result is a little mark on the edge of the panel. And a massive ding in the floor...butterfingers

Just don't try to lift the desk single handed
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