DIY, Rolling and Desk, these are three words that belong together! Below are the steps I took to build a rolling desk. The great thing about a rolling desk is that it rolls! :) Seriously, imagine being able to move a desk anywhere in a room, just by releasing the caster locks. The DIY dimension means that you can build a desk that is perfect for your working needs. You can make the desktop as large as you want or out of whatever material you like. You can also make the desk whatever height you want, making sure you have an ergonomic place to do your work or play. The casters in this project are not rinky-dink plastic casters, these things are full-on industrial casters. These make the desk roll amazingly well.
Structure for the Rolling Desk
The structure for this desk is just like many other table structures that you can find on this web site. It uses a simple H pattern to support the bottom legs and then screws up into the top to support the desktop. The casters for this desk go directly into the pipes. There is a special rubber stopper that expands to keep the caster in place.
What You'll Need for Your Rolling Desk
The structure for the desk is made out of pipe and Kee Klamp pipe fittings. Kee Klamp is a kind of structural pipe fitting that you can find right on this web site. Here is a break down of the parts you'll need:
- 6 x 10-6 Single Socket Tees - These will be used to tie the bracing pipes together.
- 4 x 61-6 Flanges - These will connect the pipes to the desktop
- 4 x Casters - Two have brakes, two don't have brakes. I would use a minimum of two braking casters, but that's really up to you.
- 1" Gator Tube Pipe
- Keep in mind that these dimensions will vary based on the size and height of your desk.
- 4 x 22" - For the legs
- 2 x 20" - For the depth supports
- 1 x 50" - For the horizontal support
- 1 x Desktop
I had my desktop custom built to match the rest of my office, but you could just as easily pick one up from IKEA.
Cost: The fittings, pipe and casters for this desk will cost you $230. Throw in a $30 desktop from IKEA and you've got an amazing rolling desk for $260. This won't just be any desk either, the pipe and fittings are built like a tank, and it can easily be broken down for storage and transportation. Top that off with the fact that it looks cool and you just got the deal of the century. Alright, enough of that, now on to how I built this rolling desk.
Build the Base for the Desk
Begin by using two of the 10-6 tees to connect the horizontal and depth support for the base. Once you've done this secure the other four 10-6 tees to the ends of the depth pipes. With this done, lay this big "H" support on the bottom of your desk to be sure that everything is the right size. If everything looks good, then insert the leg pipes and place the flanges on the end of the leg pipes. If you do this right, the flanges should be in the four corners of the desk. When you've done this, you can slide the support "H" into place about 1/4 from the bottom of the legs.
Attach the Desktop
To secure the desktop to this structure, simply screw through the flanges and into the desktop. When you're done with this part, you should have what looks like a finished table, with the exception that the ends of the leg pipes are exposed.
Attach the Casters
Attaching the casters to the pipe is not as difficult as it might seem. The first thing you want to do is hand tighten the rubber stopper so that it begins to bulge. You want it to go into the pipe and yet have some resistance as you put it into the pipe end. Once you've inserted the caster into the pipe, use the bolt head to continue to tighten the caster (which will expand the rubber stopper further). You want to keep tightening until you cannot pull the caster out of the end of the pipe.
Once you've tightened the casters into the pipe, flip the desk onto the floor and get ready to work on wheels.
Final Adjustments and Tightening
After you flip the desk over, you'll want to use a level and tape measure to ensure that you've got everything straight. The Kee Klamp fittings are easy to adjust. Simply loosen the set screw and you'll be ready to adjust. Retighten the set screws to set the fitting in place. It's a good idea to go over the entire desk and make sure all the set screws are good and tight.
Roll, Roll, Roll Your Way to Firmer... Work Habits
This desk probably won't cause you to lose weight, unless you build a standing desk version. But it will help you relocate your desk quickly and easily. This concept, not only works well for desks, it's also been used to build things like kitchen islands, outdoor tables, rolling shelves and rolling clothing racks. Kee Klamp, pipe and casters are definitely a good match.
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