[Crafty woodworker filter] Help me convert an old armoire into a sturdy new standing desk.
So, after much Mefi propaganda, I've decided to give my butt a break and go the way of the standing desk. I thought about getting one of the newfangled ones that I see modeled on websites, but I already have what seems to be a proper station--an old armoire!
I've read a number of articles online, but I'm scared as hell of messing up the project and making something cheap and flimsy, and writing off standing desks forever.
So, bearing in mind that changing a light bulb is considered crafty for me, can you help me convert this piece of furniture into a standing desk?
Here are a couple of photos
of the armoire in question.
A few more notes/requests:
- I work with a MacBook now. I'm willing to shell out for a new or used flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc -- basically whatever I need.
- The top of the armoire comes up to the middle of my chest, about nipple-level.
- When I bend my arms, as if typing at a keyboard, my hands rest about four inches above the top interior shelf (where the books are).
- When I envision the finished product in my head, I always imagine a wobbly keyboard for some reason. How can I make sure it's sturdy?
- The more specific the advice the better. What do I need to buy? Can I buy it online cheap? Will I need any tools? I'll probably have to buy/borrow those.
- I'd love to be able to disguise it as an armoire -- so a slide-out keyboard would be best, though not essential. (Actually, a whole slide out surface would be amazing, but this seems ambitious, yeah?)
- I'd love the keep the project under $100, but that's negotiable.
- Generally speaking, the easier the project the better, though I'm open to changing the thing any other way. Your vision is my vision.
Thanks all! I seriously appreciate the help!