Jen and Ben

DIY Inudstrial/farmhouse Stand Up Desk

DIY Inudstrial/farmhouse Stand Up Desk

Hey guys! 

With the amount of computer time we've spend while running a couple business' we found two problems come up WAY too often. Can you guess what I'm talking about? Yep, the dreaded back and neck pain. After doing some research, Ben decided it was a good idea to ditch the sit down desk and trade it in for a stand up desk. We both thought we'd give the industrial pipe a go and see how it fits in our farmhouse home. So far, we both love it! 

NOTE: Every stand up desk will be different sizes as its catered to the users height. I (Jen) am 5"5 and so the pipe lengths we chose were to suit my height. We recommend to try different sizes to determine the best height for you. It took us a couple trips back to home depot changing out the bottom pipes (2 1/2"). 

M a t e r i a l s:

Table top:

2 - 4ft 2x10's 

2 - 15" 1x4's (Cut ends at 45 degrees)   

Pipe Legs: 

5 - 3/4 x 36" Pipes

4 - 3/4 " floor flanges

6 - 3/4 " Iron Threaded Tee's

4 - 3/4 " x 2 1/2 " Pipes  (depending on your height)

4 - 3/4 " Iron caps

16 - 1" Screws

P a i n t

Black spray paint 

Special walnut stain 

Clear Polyurethane 

 

T o o l s:

Miter Saw

Kreg Jig

Kreg Screws (2 1/2 inch) 

Drill

1" wood screws  

Wood glue

Sand Paper (various types) 

 

 

First we took both the 4ft 2x10s and used a kreg tool to drill pocket hole screws to hold the two pieces together. This will be the table top. Before we screwed the pieces together we put some Carpenters Wood Glue between the pieces to give it an even firmer hold. Once we glued it, THEN we screwed it. 

First we took both the 4ft 2x10s and used a kreg tool to drill pocket hole screws to hold the two pieces together. This will be the table top. Before we screwed the pieces together we put some Carpenters Wood Glue between the pieces to give it an even firmer hold. Once we glued it, THEN we screwed it. 

Next we took our two 15" 1x4's and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle using our miter saw. 

Next we took our two 15" 1x4's and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle using our miter saw. 

We drilled four holes (two on each side) to attach the 1x'3 on the bottom of the table top to add even more security and reinforcement

We drilled four holes (two on each side) to attach the 1x'3 on the bottom of the table top to add even more security and reinforcement

Next comes the sanding. Be sure to sand the table top to desired smoothness with various grits of sand paper. Then use Special Walnut Stain (my favorite!) to stain the top and bottom.   After the stain dried we applied 2 coats of clear polyurethane to seal it. 

Next comes the sanding. Be sure to sand the table top to desired smoothness with various grits of sand paper.

Then use Special Walnut Stain (my favorite!) to stain the top and bottom.  

After the stain dried we applied 2 coats of clear polyurethane to seal it. 

Next we assembled the legs. Here is what the bottom of the legs look like. 

Next we assembled the legs. Here is what the bottom of the legs look like. 

We sanded all the pipes and wiped it down with white vinegar mixed with water. We did this to get rid of any coating on the pipes AND so that when we spray paint this black, it will stick nicely.  We recommend buying pipes that don't have any black on them (makes it easier to paint, we found out later).

We sanded all the pipes and wiped it down with white vinegar mixed with water. We did this to get rid of any coating on the pipes AND so that when we spray paint this black, it will stick nicely. 

We recommend buying pipes that don't have any black on them (makes it easier to paint, we found out later).

We spray painted everything a matte black. Took us about 3 coats. 

We spray painted everything a matte black. Took us about 3 coats. 

We installed the flanges on the back of the table top at around 3 1/4 "  But the most important thing is to make sure that when everything is lined up the legs are at a 90 degree angle.  

We installed the flanges on the back of the table top at around 3 1/4 " 

But the most important thing is to make sure that when everything is lined up the legs are at a 90 degree angle.  

Here's what it should look like!

Here's what it should look like!

And there yah have it! Make sure to leave any questions or comments you have! - Jen and Ben

And there yah have it! Make sure to leave any questions or comments you have!


- Jen and Ben

 

 

 

 

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table - under $140

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Table - under $140