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Desk addition for raising and lowering monitor/keyboard/mouse setup

  1. Mar 29, 2012 #1
    I'm looking to build my own desk addition that will allow me to raise and lower my work setup (keyboard, mouse and monitor) any time I like and with a fair amount of ease. I was inspired by the "Ergotron Workfit" but find the price tag beyond my range for now.

    Attached is a laughably incomplete design...but it's in the right direction:
    1) you can set it on top of and clamp it to your current desk
    2) It's simple

    Obviously the thing I've got here would fall apart...but does anyone have any ideas on how to get a platform to raise and lower around 30-35lbs?

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22827/photos/deskaddition.jpg [Broken]
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22827/photos/deskaddition.jpg [Broken]
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  3. Mar 29, 2012 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    The link doesn't appear to work. Can you fix it or re-post a link?
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  4. Mar 29, 2012 #3
    Checked it on my iphone and another computer, the link shows up fine. Is it not loading for you? -->

    LINK: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22827/photos/deskaddition.jpg [Broken]
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  5. Mar 29, 2012 #4
    How about a spring for the lifting capacity? Then have the desk on a rail system.
  6. Mar 29, 2012 #5
    Is that the best way to go? What about hydraulics?
  7. Mar 30, 2012 #6
    The counterweight concept is fine, just add a method to lock the desk position. That can be as simple as drilling holes in the frame for pins/dowels (similar to the way adjustable shelving is supported), but there are myriad options available.
    Also, you might want to make the weight adjustable to account for future changes in the load.
  8. Mar 30, 2012 #7
    I'll try the counterweight out and see what I get built. I'll post pics when I get something together.
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