Jeff's Handcrafted Standing Desk

Jeff's Handcrafted Standing Desk

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 2, 2011

After getting inspired by a Lifehacker's DIY standing desk, our friend Jeff decided it was time to build his very own. With a few tweaks, of course. Gone were the tacky cord control solutions and tiny work surface; this was a desk that would be the ultimate Jeff-station for working from home. Check out his build process, after the jump.


  • 1 – 60″x32″ Red oak hardwood plywood (top)
  • 1 – 52″x16″ Red oak hardwood plywood (bottom shelf)
  • 2 – 4″x4″x42″ Douglas fir (legs)
  • 3 – 2″x4″x45″ Red cedar (supports)
  • 4 – 2″x4″x17″ Red cedar (supports)
  • 2 – 2″x2″x15″ Pine (bracing for top)
  • 2 – 2″x2″x43″ Pine (bracing for top)
  • 2 – 3/4″x25′ Red oak veneer edging
  • 1″ L bracket hardware packs with screws for supports
  • 10×1″ wood screws for legs
  • 6×1-1/2″ wood screws for attaching pine to top
  • 60 grit sandpaper for rough sanding
  • 120 grit sandpaper for finer sanding
  • 220 and 320 grit sandpaper for sanding between polyurethane coats
  • Minwax clear satin polyurethane (used 3/4 can)
  • Minwax Special Walnut 224 wood finish (used 1/3 can)
  • Drafting chair ($99) (not included in final total)

Total cost: $185.00

Before actually building the desk, Jeff had to figure out if he could actually handle standing all day. Stacking a few books on the kitchen bar, he tested it out for a couple weeks while working from home on my laptop. Once he was satisfied, the chopping and staining process began.

After applying a few coats of veneer stain to the plywood, the desk already seems like it was coming together. Meanwhile, L-brackets would hold the desk in place and give it stability from beneath (a diagram can be found over at his site).

Jeff quotes:

"Around October 2010, I gave in to the crazy idea that I should build myself a standing desk. I had been scattering my projects around the house and my previous desk didn't offer enough working space for anything other than reading or working on my laptop. The design and construction process lasted through January, and I couldn't be happier with the results."

We're usually pretty picky around here, but man, you gotta give the guy some cred. That is a mighty fine standing desk.

[Via Jeff Wain]

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