Hi there! I'm Sarah from Arrow & Apple. Although I'm a photographer, I mostly work at home in front of my computer, and I get really tired of sitting all of the time. I asked my clever husband Josh of Subtle Takeover if he could build me a standing height desk, as well as a tall stool in case I do need to sit. Today Josh is going to share his tutorial for building the stool and the optional workspace! I really love my new workspace and I know you will too!Supplies:
4' x 8' (3/4" thick) Sheet of hard wood plywood or similar
wood screws aprox. 1 3/8" long
drill bit slightly narrower than screws for pre-drilling
table saw (optional)
straight edge (T-square would be awesome)
3 shelf brackets
Tip: Measure and mark a line (with a pencil) down the center of all the boards so you have a reference for when you pre-drill and screw in the screws. Step 1
. If you buy you wood at a place like Home Depot, they can rip pieces that you need, so you don't have to deal with that at home! Have them rip the plywood vertically into 3 pieces. the first being 13" by 96" (for your stool) and the other 24" by 96" (for the work surface), leaving you with a piece the is about 11" by 96" (scrap, save for other projects!).
Step 2. Take the 13" by 96" piece and cut it into 3 pieces:
Piece A (will be the seat): 12" by 13"
Piece B (will be the back leg): 30" by 13"
Piece C (will be the front leg): 30.5 " by 13" (each end at a 15˚ angle for the angled front part of the stool.)
Step 3A. Mark (as shown) on Piece C Step 3B. Drill out a couple of holes.
Step 3C. Cut out with jig sawTIP: When pre-drilling and screwing, make sure you pre-drill and screw in the outermost screws first, and then you can pre-drill and screw in the middle screws. This will help you to make sure everything is attached straight.
Step 4. Glue pieces A & B together (the wood should be aprox. 3/4" thick, half of the is 3/8", so measure and mark a line about a 3/8" from edge so that when you screw in, you're hitting the middle of bottom piece). Pre-drill holes every 2" or so, and screw in.
Step 5. Glue pieces A & C together, then pre drill holes every 2" or so, and screw in.
. Measure and cut for Piece D. I included my measurements, but I would re-measure just to make sure it's a nice tight fit. Apply glue to three sides.
Step 7. Pre-drill and screw three screws through Piece B
. Pre-drill and screw in three screws through Piece C
Step 9. Pre-drill and screw in 5 pieces through Piece A
. An easy way to find out the dimensions for Piece E is hold it against the upright still and mark with pencil (as shown) you may need to mark both sides as Piece B may not be at a 90˚ angle. Cut. Step 11
. Pre-drill and screw in through Piece B every 2" or so. Step 12
. Pre-drill and screw in through Piece C every 2" or so.
Step 13. Let glue dry, sand all edges and surfaces, then apply polyurethane (optional)
Optional Step. To create a standing height workspace, take the 2' foot piece (sanded and polyurethaned) along with your brackets and install (just like a shelf) a standing height work surface! We installed ours at 42" high, but make sure the height is comfortable for you.
Thanks so much Sarah
! We love your beautiful stool.