Stand Up to This Desk
Shaker-inspired design is comfortable and practical
Synopsis: Chris Becksvoort’s not a sit-down type of guy, so it was inevitable he’d design himself a standing desk. This one has a slanted surface for drawing, a flat surface for a laptop, books, coffee mug, and other materials, a foot rail for comfort, and storage inside for office materials. The base is simple mortise-and-tenon construction and the desk box is dovetailed, with an interior gallery and drawer.
The office corner of my shop wasn’t really an office. It had the file cabinet, the phone, a sound system, and a stool, but what it really needed was a desk. I’m not a sit-down kind of guy, and I’ve had my share of back issues. So I started exploring stand-up desks, since I’ve heard they can do wonders for your posture and productivity. Most of the ones made today have a flat surface of the appropriate height, but lacked what I consider essential, a foot rail. Also, I wanted a slanted surface to draw on, much like an architect’s drawing board, or a sloped desk box or schoolmaster’s desk.
I also had several other requirements. It had to be built to my height, so you may need to tweak the dimensions to suit your own height. Next, it required the aforementioned foot rail to improve comfort and posture. In addition to the slanted surface for drawing, I wanted a flat area for a coffee mug, books, or laptop, as well as a few drawers for paper, pencils, invoices, and the usual office accoutrements. With a few sketches, I settled on a design that looks and functions very well. But I’ve since built a few (all in cherry) with slightly different layouts, drawers, and dimensions. When I decide I want to have a seat…