I cut the boards to the finish length of 5’6” using a speed square to make sure I was getting a perfect right angle cut.
Elle sanded all four sides of both boards taking special care to round all the edges and corners.
Once all the dust was wiped from the boards, she used a rag to apply one coat of Danish oil.
I attached the two 2”x12” boards together with the mending plates. I centered the plates 4” in from the ends of the boards and then roughly 12” apart leaving about 6” of space between the middle two. Because it's important to keep the two boards as close as possible, I clamped one board to the worktable and had Elle pull the second board into the first as I screwed in the plates.
Elle assembled the legs using all the pipes and connectors. Putting them together is easy and fun, but make sure that the end result is straight and screwed together tightly.
We placed the legs on the inside of the outermost plate about 6” in from the ends and 3” in from the sides. It can be a bit difficult to maneuver the drill so close to the pipes, but be sure to drill the screws straight into the wood.
The floor of our workshop is a bit uneven, so I adjusted the end caps to level the tables. There are many different options for the height of your desk. We listed the three that we found most useful for our needs. The exact height of the desk will fluctuate a bit depending on how tightly you're able to screw the pipes to the couplings. .
Good luck making your own standing desk and please email, tweet or hashtag photos to @benuyeda, firstname.lastname@example.org or #homemademodern. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.