This sturdy desktop riser folds up so you can place it out of sight when not in use (such as when a client is in your office). Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 8, 2014.
About this project
This project is meant to help people who have a job that requires them to sit at a desk all day. I use my prototype (pictured) everyday at work, and absolutely love it. I am pretty much able to stand most of the day, but when I get tired or have a client coming over, I can simply fold it up and slip it under my desk. I built my prototype using primitive tools, and so there are some minor deficiencies. I am raising money to purchase better tools so I can produce a better product more efficiently--with the intent of giving pencil pushers like myself an affordable option to increase their productivity and metabolism by standing while working at their desk. Also, I will use slightly more advanced carpentry techniques. For example, below is a drawing of how the posts are connected with the cross-bars in my prototype (one screw through the side).
Below is how I plan on connecting the post with the cross-bar after a successful kickstarter campaign. You will notice how two screws are bored into through the post and into the cross-bar. This type of is very strong and also more attractive than my prototype.
The desk riser is 25.5" wide, 13" deep, and the height will vary in 1" increments in order for people to get a good fit (you want your forearms to be close to parallel to the ground when typing/writing). The height in the one pictured is 14". I will have 4-5 different wood stain colors. The desk legs are made out of hardwood (poplar), and the desktop is made out of 1/2" birch plywood. The legs are 1/4" taller than the upper cross-board, and the desktop is chiseled out for the legs, so the desktop fits securely on the legs without any attachment device.
So to fold up the desk, all you need to do is lift the desktop straight up, and then fold up the legs (they fold inward toward each other).
Risks and challenges
The risks are minor. I built cabinets for four years in high school, and also worked various construction jobs for a couple of years, so I know how to operate power tools. I have done intricate cabinet work and tile work in the past, and so building these desk risers are not a real challenge for me. The materials that I have used/will be using are basic and found in plentiful quantities in almost every major home improvement store. I can purchase as much materials for the desks as I need from the various local hardware stores, so backers don't need to worry about a delay in production due to lack of materials. Upon successfully raising the money, I will get to work on fulfilling the backer's orders. I should have no problem completing the backer's desks within one month. I should be able to cut and assemble about 20 desk risers in one evening, then finish them the following two evenings. The finish work doesn't require much of my time, but does require time for the stain and lacquer to dry. I should be able to get in a cycle where in one evening I cut and assemble about 20 risers, stain the 20 that were cut and assembled the day before, and also apply lacquer on the 20 from two days previous.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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