Build your own remote controlled sit/stand desk

May 25, 2015

Shortly after starting the quest of finding THE perfect standing desk, I realized that I would have to build it myself since it’s almost impossible to find one that matches all my criteria:

final image after-stained color

The desk can support up to 70kg and was very sturdy and smooth.

I was going after a retro, industrial style so decided to stain the Gerton table top. For me one layer of wood stain did the trick since I still want the grain to show through the color. However, applying polyurethane & waiting for it to dry probably was the longest part of the whole process. I’ve applied at least 5 coats each side — even though only top will be used I still applied somewhat same number of layers each side to prevent the moisture from getting in which will cause a warped wood — and it took me total of 1 day and drying overnight.

You will need gloves ($1), Polyurethane ($11) and some rags to apply Polyu. Don’t forget the brush!

Finally, here is a quick video showing how it moves up and down. Enjoy!