Beech desktop for standing desk frame

Might have seen this one taking up space in the space a couple of weeks ago! I’ve moved flats recently and wanted to upgrade to a nice standing desk. With access to the Space and a desire to get into woodworking, I decided to get a frame and make a tabletop for it. Here’s a few photos of the process, and some of the lessons learned:

Decided on using beech as it was the cheapest hardwood I could find (sourced from SL Hardwoods in Croydon, they were very professional), and purchased it PAR. I was hesitant because my internet research leading up to the project had me believing that beech wouldn’t look very good, but I have to say after doing this project that that’s a load of BS, it looks great and has a lovely pattern.

Getting the wood to the space. Next time I think I’ll just eat the shipping cost:

Checked the boards for defects and such, and organized them how I wanted them. One of the boards had a split, so I cut out a bow-tie from a piece of contrasting scrap and chiseled the hole for it to prevent that from splitting further. Shout out to @giles for showing me how to sharpen the chisels! I cut some strips from my spare board to pad out the width to my desired final dimensions (thank you @giles and @joeatkin2 for help with that) . I also used the biscuit joiner to help align the boards for glue-up :

And here’s the glue-up. Thanks to @PReardon for help. So nice that we have so many clamps! Got good advice to use cauls, used uni-strut scrap from Arch 2 (they’re by the clamps in the corner now, thanks @joeatkin2!). I did notice the cauls bending a bit, could have been due over-tightening of the screws? I figure I would’ve encountered this with wood cauls anyways, but let me know if that isn’t really the case:

Cutting the ends square, this would’ve been such a pain on a normal table saw:

Didn’t take a picture of this part, but then chamfered all of the edges. While doing so, I screwed up one of the corners. @joeatkins2 gave me the idea of cutting it out and using a contrasting wood to cover it, which I liked. So I made a little jig with the biscuit joiner (would not have felt comfortable with the table saw spline jig on something this big):

Didn’t take any pictures of the long, painful process of sanding, or making the clamps to hold the table to the frame, but here’s the underside of the table after installing the threaded inserts:

And here’s the final table installed on the frame, with some detail shots:

And as an added bonus, cable management featuring some thingiverse-sourced 3d printed parts:

Again, big thanks to @giles, @joeatkin2, @preardon, and @ryanf for all of their help and tips along the way.


Looks really good mate!!


it looks amazing!

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Wow, fantastic work! Love the way you turned the challenges into features :heart:


Recently completed two other desk accessories! Here is the headphone hook:

And here is a monitor stand; now my screens are at roughly the same height:


this is banging; I’ll definitely be asking you about how you went about doing this stuff.

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Mate that looks amazing

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Thanks! Just shoot me a message whenever.

Looks absolutely great!

Those look awesome! The laptop stand hooks… I would imagine that they would need some kind of cross-brace, but I guess they way you did it, they are supported anyway?

You mean the little pegs at the end?

Yeah exactly… it seems to me like the whole moment arm of the laptop is being absorbed by that little peg. image

How do you go about calculating if it’s enough support or not?

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Amit, I am flattered that you expected me to do a calculation!

It’s just glued over the surface area of the joint and reinforced by the peg. I actually have no idea if it’ll last or not, but seems to work fine. The laptop isn’t that heavy and it doesn’t flex that much when loaded.


You may enjoy this video: What’s the Best Wood Joint || Insanely Strong Joinery! - YouTube


that’s a crazy video… what a plot twist… I kinda wanna replicate that in SLMS

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