After investigating the local pre-built options I decided to buy the frame from a New Zealand supplier www.heritagehardware.co.nz and order the Blake Electric height-adjustable frame kit. This arrived in short order and my only remaining choices were what to put on the top and the backing plate/"modesty panel". I decided to save money and bought a door from Bunnings for $50! Sweet as.
|Some bits! Oooo I love bits.|
|Mate, I think it's like this... ooo look, you've got one too!|
|Good job I did some practice holes, it was only on hole #4 I figured out how to do it right.|
|Ain't no-one gonna be lookin' up my skirt here man.|
Now it was time to turn my $50 door into a desktop.
|Who'da thought that the hollow core doors are actually baffled internally!? FOR THE WIN.|
I'd anticipated chopping the end off the door and inserting a bracing piece of pine to reinforce the surface, but when I cut into the panel to reduce it from 1800mm down to 1600mm in length I discovered internal cardboard baffling. Hooray! No need to reinforce and I could get on with trimming and plugging the end of the cut with some more untreated pine. With this done it was time to screw the desktop on and tidy up the wiring etc.
|Cool stretchy spiral cables weren't just for the 60's you know. And you thought your laptop had a big power supply.|
|Dual-switching gang sign required. I don't know what this means on the streets.|
And with that, it was done.
|Here it is in it's tall state. Or 'angry', however you prefer to think of it reared up to full height. Incidentally this is the best appearance the desk will ever have as it is not covered in crap, which it soon will be.|
- The frame is expandable, so you can create a wider desk than what I've done to fit in the space we have. It's up to you, to a maximum of 1800mm [nearly 6 feet]. And that's just the frame - you can put an even wider top on it. I made ours 1500mm.
- I think ours needs to be painted with something durable like maybe even enamel. If you're going to use your own top, what surface do you want?
- You may want a tall chair. I use one at work because the desks there NOT adjustable. We don't have the freedom to sit at the normal height. However, this is good cause you end up standing a fair bit, and you can still slump for a break if you like.
It already feels better. If you do any desk-based work at home I suggest you consider doing the same for your own good!