DIY Adjustable Standing Desk

DIY Adjustable Standing Desk

[MUSIC PLAYING] Welcome to “DIY tryin.” You lookin’ at me? No, sir. Just checking. Hey! So there’s this– Loud noises. –thing going around the
office where everybody’s been building standing
desks Life Hacker did a big thing on it. Build a $25 standing
desk, which I think, came from
And it is essentially– You take an Ikea
desk, you assemble it, and put it on your
existing desk space. Sort of an Ikea end table. End table. Sorry. And you bolt a shelf
to the end table. So what we’re going to
do today, hopefully, if everything works out, is
we are going to use a welder. That’s what I’m excited about. I have never welded before. But you have, and you’re
going to teach me. This is going to be exciting. And we’re gonna take some
1-inch steel– which actually, I learned about 1-inch steel being
the coolest thing on the planet from Jamie Hyneman. A shout out to Our buddy Will over there
did a video with Jamie about welding in
Jamie’s workshop. And apparently all
those shelves you see in the back of
the Mythbusters series are 1-inch steel. And he loves 1-inch
steel because you get lots and lots
of contact area. It’s a big long line
that you can just put a bead of molten metal on. Exactly. Without having to spend a lot
of quality time doing miter cuts and getting sophisticated. And steel is durable. It lasts a really long time. And if you buy it from a
metal supplier like we did– we found a place
called Bay Steel here in San Francisco,
where we bought a 20-foot stick of
1-inch steel for $15.92. Compared with like $22
for 6 feet at Lowe’s. Yeah. So beware. This project becomes
a lot more affordable if you have a friend
with a welder who’s willing to help
you out with that and if you buy your
materials from a supplier rather than from
a big box store. Let’s start welding. All right. Actually, we need to
start cutting first. OK, fine. First we cut. Then we lay it out. Then we start welding. All right. Let’s get cutting then. All right. Mom, I smell burning. You can tell it’s
the 4th of July. So one thing you’ll
notice is the blade has created these edges
that stick out over here. As the steel melts, it kinda
gets swept along by the blade. And you get this stuff
in here and out here. It will cut the hell out
of you, as our shooter Matt can explain. So what are you,
grinding that down? Yeah. We’re going to take the
grinder to grind that down. A hand file will work just fine. But we do have a
nice square edge. I’m gonna use that to create
our first piece of steel. At 3 feet. Drawing on decades of experience
in the furniture industry, I decided to make an “H”
with two vertical uprights. All right. So we have all of our middle
pieces cut and ready to go. So I guess we weld now? Yeah. So welding is
essentially coalescing, which is creating, turning
the materials into a liquid and bringing them together. Right? Soldering or braising. Well, OK. We solder all the
time on the show. Soldering, essentially
joining two materials together with a third material that
melts at a lower temperature. In this case, we are going to
use the miracle of the metal inert gas the M
jaw, the Mig welder. Mig. Mig. There’s Mig welding, tig
welding, stick welding. And essentially, what this
gadget does is cranks out wire. It’s exciting isn’t it? And there’s a– sound familiar? Sounds like a relay to me. That’s a big old relay. When I hit the switch, it
turns on the electricity and feeds the wire. The electricity creates a
plasma arc from our ground. Connect that to the
metal in the middle. So we have our ground. By the way, a clean welding
table is a really good idea. Goes from our ground to
our gun, creates plasma. And we feed wire
into that plasma. And we essentially have a hot
glue gun that’s spits metal And big sparks. And big sparks. Not big sparks. For a beginner,
what’s the basic thing that you want to look for? So when you’re looking,
you’ve got your welding– you flip your welding hood
down, you pull the trigger. And the whole world looks
really, really different. You should be concentrating
on the end of your gun. And what you’re doing
is creating a puddle. Start with a thicker piece of
material or the lower piece of material. And if you’re doing a fillet
weld, where two pieces come together at a 90-degree angle,
you need to melt both pieces. You create a puddle. That puddle gets filled in with
additional wire from the Mig gun. And you work that weld
down the length of the leg. So we’ve got our base done. Then we went to
our vertical bars. And we drilled some holes
and attached nuts in so that we could have
our adjustable, our infinitely adjustable stand. Then we had to mount
the legs on the base. And that’s one of those cases
where, feel free to grab a vise or use a bunch of non-flammable
things to brace your project. We had those square pieces. We got everything adjusted
with a machinist’s square at 90 degrees. Then we tacked one side
and then adjusted it so it was vertical again,
and tacked the other side so everything was square. And then we stopped and went to
the upper piece, which is a “U” made out of the 1-inch tubing,
that slides freely inside that one and 1/4-inch tubing. And the reason we’ve built
the upper piece first was so that we could
use the upper piece that has to slide up and down to
keep our two legs vertical and aligned. Because it would
be really awkward to not be able to move the
legs because they bound or because the tubes weren’t
square with each other. One of the things I
had to remind myself after I reminded
Michael is to slow down. Measure twice, cut once. Make sure everything’s aligned. Make sure everything’s
welded, snug. And take your time on the welds. Especially, I was
re-learning how to make weld. Mike was learning
how to make weld. And that’s a good
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that upper “U,” we dropped that into
each of the two legs, and then mounted the two
legs on our “H” base, and started welding. And once that was done, we
attached some horizontal pieces to act as our table top holders. Well, first we jumped
up and down on it. You did pull-ups on it. I held my weight on it. So we decided it wasn’t
going to fall over. Then I realized I wanted to
recycle that piece of granite. So we grabbed the last two
12-inch pieces of that one and 1/4-inch tubing, and
mounted them on our “C” shape, our upper piece. So we could mount our
crazy-ass, 80-pound piece of granite on this without
it falling off and crushing our toes. Here’s our table. Look. Laptop. And it’s adjustable, so we can
actually drop it a few inches. So it fits under
Michael’s elbow. Its about an inch too
high for me right now. That’s kind of funny. We did 36-inch
verticals for the legs. I would cut 4
inches off of those. And then this would fit
anybody from like 4 foot 11 up to about 6 foot 5. We should talk
about our table top. Right now we found
in the hallway a giant piece of
granite, which we thought would be cool to
just place on top. Reduce, reuse, recycle. So this would probably need to
be a epoxied in or something. Yes. Some sort of liquid nails
or commercial epoxy. Normally, you’d
have a couple f– we’ve got some holes
drilled in our T-braces at the top of our “C” stand. If it was wood, you
would just screw into the bottom
of the wood there. That’s probably what we’re
going to end up doing. You don’t want to have the
sophisticated, de-constructed granite thing? I just don’t want this
to fall on my feet. Dude. If you were horrified by our
welding technique and safety, you should be. Comment down below. If you’re on where you can subscribe.,
where you can subscribe. But something I should
point out, right? These are not proper
welding gloves. And I love mechanic’s
gloves, but I finally managed to– there it is–
land a piece of molten steel on an island in between
the fingers, which now is a part of
my body, at least until I scrape it out later on. Wear proper safety. Obviously, we were
wearing welding hoods with the appropriate
glass inside of them. I forgot how much I really like
self-darkening welding helmets Yeah, because then
you can see what you’re welding before
you start welding. Well, you can see
what you’re welding before you start welding. You just have to nod the
helmet down which is– Too much work. But yeah. I will say self-darkening
helmets are fantastic. I had to work a lot
to kind of figure out. First I was jamming
the gun in too close. Then I pulled the gun
out about a quarter inch, about a half inch. And that sort of seemed to work. And my welds started to look
like welds and not snot welds. It seems like a very much
a practice makes perfect sort of thing. Yes. And a good way to practice
before you start on a project like this is just cut a
bunch of 4-inch pieces and build little
cubes out of them. Or build a little
structure where it’s like, if you build an “I”
then you put another piece, and another “I,” cut
’em apart, and then weld them together again. Practice. And then sell them
on the street as art. And you make money for welding. That’s the spirit. Diy tryin, people. @DIYTryin is where
you can tweet. @palmdalian and @Patrick Norton. [email protected] if
you want to send us an email and tell us about a project
that you’re working on. We’d love to hear about
your projects or projects you’d like to see us build. You excited? You’re a welder, man. I’m a welder. You’re a welder. What are you gonna weld next? Cubes. Cubes. I’m Patrick Norton. I’m Michael Hand. We’ll see you next
week on DIY Tryin.

40 thoughts on “DIY Adjustable Standing Desk

  1. Would you recommend the Northern Industrial Welders Flux Core 125 115V Flux Cored Welder – 125 Amp if not then can you recommend me a budget one

  2. I tell people I would use a standing desk, and they all think im crazy… I'd totally build something like this If I had room for it in my apartment.

  3. Great video, I've made a standing desk and the question that will be asked by everyone who does this project is "My back aches! My poor feet! What can I do?"

    Can I suggest you run through a standing table seat/chair/lean?

    I've seen some expensive ones, but surely there's something we can build that lets us take advantage of a standing desk, without going through the pain of seat cold turkey!

  4. i love your channel here and am subscribed to many other shows you do as well. i would like to clear up though that the welder your using is a flux core wire feed welder and NOT a M.I.G. M.I.G. stands for Metal Inert Gas. since there is no gas it is not a M.I.G. the type your using is the cheaper of the two. they work great for light steel. keep it up guys, love ya'll.

  5. Could we get a series on basic welding technique with different types of welders?
    Possibly tie a project in that works better with one style and an explanation of why it's better for that project. 

    Thanks you guys rock!

  6. How about you guys do a multiple part series putting together a 3d printer? Then use that for more DYI projects? Patrick, you should tell your co-host, he can become an accomplished welder if he can weld two farts together 🙂

  7. mmm chop saw… people should be warned to not cut that 1"x1" with their normal miter saw…. won't end well.  Also how the heck do you pick the right blade? 

  8. 2:23 they are called burrs and ya they are sharp as a razor blade great video man! Not many good vids on welding projects on youtube.

  9. I too am excited about welding small projects. Will that little welder run off a 110v 15A circuit or are you using 20A or 220v?

    My garage is only 15A 110v so trying to find a mig that won't keep tripping breaker.

    There's an episode idea, install a 20A breaker without looking like someone belonging to Colonel Sanders.

  10. Awesome show, would you be able to explain the different types of welding?

    I've practiced welding on some pipes with my dad's old welder but I don't know much about it.

  11. For months now I have been explaining how welding is different from soldering and brazing and I thought I had just came up with how I was explaining it. Little did I know I figured out how to explain it here. I mean I have always known the difference but not really how to explain it. Weird, I learned something here. I am taking welding classes again and forgot how much I love welding. 

  12. Any quick adjust options?  I was thinking (although unsightly) squeeze clamps vs. screws.   Maybe dropping springs down the 1" columns to hold weight.  Any other thoughts are appreciated!  (although only 13k views 🙁 ) 

  13. OK, So I see this was posted 6 months ago and a really cool idea, however I have no access to an arc welder and will probably never build it. However, the reason I am posting is because I am very thrilled to see you Patrick. I watched you on ZDTV/TechTV with Leo and have periodically wondered what happened to you and the rest of the cast. I, unfortunately because of moving and changing cable providers, never saw you or Leo or Sarah again. I have seen Morgan on Xplay, but I am not that much of a gamer so I don't really watch. I am glad to see you are still working and doing fun stuff. I hope this comment brought back good memories for you as it did for me. Thanks  

  14. wow… glad to see you,  Patrick.  Used to watch you all the time on Dish back when I had it.    Now  the "challenge."  I need a DIY sculptures table.  I can't weld and hubs can't either.  So I would need it made from wood and some pipes.  I need it less than $40-ish.  Think you can do a piece on doing something like that?

  15. Nice desk. Btw you can make a sit-stand desk using office chair gas cylinders and ikea
     galant legs for less than $200 and some thiking, buying everything new.

  16. So how do you change the height? With a screwdriver? That is absolutely not practical for daily use.
    It would be good to have one lever to loosen and to fix the position or even better but probably way harder to have a paddle to pump the desk up if something heavy stands on top. Have you already used the desk for some time? What are your impressions?

  17. OH, the AMOUNT of TALKING BESIDES the SUBJECT! I don't need to learn how to weld, I wanna see how to think the desk out, not a welding tutorial that you can do in a separate video (like the thousands that are already out there), or random talk about GoT, regardless whether I'm interested in it or not! All that talk and it's not even a finished product? Much, much talk, close to no satisfaction. I bet with that slab of granite on top, although it looks nice, it's also a pain to adjust. I'd like to see a short video of how you adjust that. The shorter, the better, because that would mean it's actually easier to adjust, what do you think about that? BTW this is constructive criticism: (1) get to the point and (2) finish the projects!

  18. It's an interesting video covering a lot of topics, but I found this wanting to understand how the table adjusts to different heights. Also how well it handles various weights while being adjusted. From this aspect, the video wasn't very helpful, but in retrospect that really wasn't your point here. You guys are fun to watch, so keep on producing.

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