how to build a simple computer monitor stad out of ash wood

I just finished building a wooden monitor stand, for my kid’s desk, as I want to build to him an entire set of office organizers.

I started with a simple design of pencil holders made out of ash, thermally treated ash and oak. My son chose the one built out of thermally treated ash, so I had to build the stand out of the same type of wood.

As he wanted a simple design, I had to find something to make it just a little bit special. I remembered an old project, a set of two oak wood floor speaker stands, so I decided to use the same type of joint at the corners.

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I started my project by designing and planning it.

Making the plans for this simple computer monitor stand

I just learned to use FreeCad, so I practice every time I want to make a new project. It’s just amazing how useful it is to turn your ideas into a nice viewable project. At the same time, you can be sure that everything will fit just as you want.

It took me half a day to make it but it was worth it. I planned everything in detail: lengths, widths, thicknesses, angles. Then, with the printed plan I went into the workshop to start building it.

I designed and built the plans before starting to build it
Freecad plans for the wood monitor stand

Preparing the boards

I searched for 3 thermally treated ash boards about 90 cm long. They were some decking scraps with 2 mm depth channels on one face, and with all the edges slightly rounded.

When I planned my project I took into account that each board had 11 cm width. For my project, I needed 5 cm width boards. So, I used the difference up to 11 cm to straighten the rounded edges. I made only one pass through the planer to remove them.

removing the rounded edges of the decking boards
Removing the rounded edges

Then, I used the straight edges to cut the boards into two pieces using the band saw.

I cut the boards using the band saw
Cutting the planks with the band saw

Each board was a little bit wider than 5 cm, to be able to pass them through the thicknesser and get the needed width.

the thermally treated ash wood boards that I needed to make a simple DIY PC monitor stand
The thermally treated ash decking boards needed for my project

I used the thicknesser to get all the boards with the same width and the same thickness (18 mm). This way I also removed the routed channels.

I removed the routed channels to get the bords needed for the stand
Removing the routed channels

I cut the boards to the size. First I set the sliding miter saw at 60 degrees angle and I cut one end of each board. I measured each piece and cut them being careful to get the right sizes.

I put the pieces together to create the shape of the laptop stand
First test before gluing the pieces

Gluing the boards to get the shape of the laptop stand

I used a scrap of PAL to glue all the pieces together. They had to be glued at an angle of 120 degrees.

I started with the first layer:

  • I secured one longer piece to the worktable
  • I applyed the glue on one edge of a smaller one
  • I positioned the small piece and I secured it to the table trying to keep it pushed in the other one (I repeated for the second small piece)
gluing the ash wood boards to get the shape of this office accessory
Gluing the first layer

I continued with the second layer:

  • I applied the glue on the edge of the first layer
  • I position another 3 pieces (gluing the edges)
  • I secured them all together using F clamps
to get the shape of the wooden PC monitor stand, I used polyurethane glue
Gluing the pieces

I waited for the glue to dry and I repeated the operations until I got the shape of the computer monitor stand: 5 layers, to get a depth of 25 cm.

the shape of this simple office accessory
The monitor stand after gluing all the pieces together

Sanding and applying the water-based primer and varnish

After I glued together all the pieces, I waited for the glue to dry and then I started sanding all the surfaces. I secured two pieces of plywood to the workbench thinner than the stand. I used them as stoppers for the stand when sanding it. I used the belt sander with 80 grit sandpaper to straighten and sand the surfaces.

On the back, I had to sand the corners using a wooden block as support for the sandpaper.

I sanded the back of the PC monitor stand with the belt sander using 80 grit sandpaper
The back of the monitor stand sanded with 80 grit sandpaper

To be able to sand the sides, I secured plywood to the workbench as a stopper for one side, and 2 pieces of wood under the second side. The position was perfect to sand it with the belt sander along the wood fiber.

I straightened the faces of the monitor stand with 80 grit sandpaper using the belt sander
The monitor stand with all the visible surfaces sanded with 80 grit sandpaper

When every surface was straightened I changed the sandpaper with a 150 grit one. On the back, I used the orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper. That way I could sand as close to the corners as possible and the surface became smoother.

smoothing the surfaces of the wooden computer monitor stand with 150grit sandpaper
Sanding the stand with 150 grit sandpaper

I sanded the edges with 150 grit sandpaper and also I manually rounded the sharp edges.

I rounded the sharp edges of the laptop stand
Rounding the sharp edges

In the end, I sanded manually all the areas with 320 grit sandpaper, to prepare the stand for the final finish with water-based primer and varnish.

I applied a layer of primer after I removed the dust with a clean cloth. First, I applied it on the edges and on the back, and then on the front.

I applied a a layer of water-based primer before varnishing the laptop stand
Water-based primer applied before varnishing the stand

When the primer dried, I sanded the stand with 320 grit sandpaper and then I applied a layer of water-based varnish.

I applied a layer of water-based varnish after sanding the dried prier with 320 grit sandpaper
Finishing the PC monitor stand with water-based varnish

After taking some photos, I gave the stand to my boy, to use it. He was very happy, that it was exactly what he required. His wooden monitor stand has a 6,5 cm space between the desk and the top, so he can put easily the keyboard and the mouse. The height is perfect for the monitor. It is not a problem with the watching angle, so it doesn’t damage the eyes.

easy to build simple monitor stand out of thermally treated ash wood
The space between the tabletop and the top of the stand
making a simple PC monitor stand out of thermally treated ash wood
The sides of the stand
the joint between the top and the sides of the monitor stand
Simple ash wood monitor stand
a simple and beautiful PC monitor stand made out of ash wood
Thermally treated ash wood monitor stand
a simple and very useful monitor stand made out of thermally treated ash wood
Ashwood monitor stand

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