Title rotor

It’s been awhile since I performed a quick afternoon project but it so happened that one fell into my lap recently. A friend had scrounged up a used LCD computer monitor at his work that he wanted to use as a second monitor for his work station. He works in a shop and has his computer situated on top of a rolling tool cart. Well this monitor that had been dragged out from the bottom of a bench was lacking a stand but otherwise was a perfectly good functioning unit. So the task at hand was to build a monitor stand.

The criteria were fairly basic. Had to be cheap to build, solid enough that the monitor would not accidentally get tipped off the cart, there was no need for angle adjustment and just needed to have the screen set vertically, and the base of the monitor needed to be 6.75 inches from the table height. No Problem! The objective here was to build something quick and cheap and as long as the function was there the fashion would not be a factor.

First up was collecting the materials. Needed a solid, heavy, cheap base so an old Jaguar brake rotor would do the trick. The remainder of the stand would be built from spare metal I had laying around the shop. The design? What design! I decided to let the plasma do the walking and see what shape the stand would morph into.

Monitor and base

No sense in elaborating on the details. The pictures will lead you through the highly complex build as you will see that a lot of time and precision was put into the build . It was a mindless couple of hours in the garage which is just what I needed. The stand turned out great and the function performs to spec. The red wrinkle matches the tool cart and the stand even sports a ”garage” look to it. Mission accomplished!

Fabbing the vert

The veritcal support was made from a section of 5″ x 1/8″ flat bar left over from the fireplace pergolia project. The top was radiused using the plasma cutter. Here a 1″ hole is drilled as to act as the splitting into two legs.

Trimming the vert

Legs get trimmed out with the plasma. I love that thing! Slicing metal helps make up for what I might be lacking in testosterone levels.

Ready 4 tigging

Here I have the vertical support mocked up on a circular base. The clamped angle iron is a quick and easy way to ensure I have a good 90 degree angle. The base was a chunk of steel I had left over from my gazebo table build.

Joined to base

Ran a couple of TIG beads to join the couple in holy moltenry.

Blasted rotor

The old Jaguar rotor got a quick glass bead blasting. The rotor was fairly worn and the ridges were a bit deep however if I cleaned it up then the project would no longer be quick and easy and I would have suffered failure.

Wrinkle red powder

Decided to lay down some wrinkle red powder that I had as extra.

Coated rotor

Here the rotor was coated and ready to get slid into the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes PMT

Baking the vert

The vertical support was powder coated to match, here the baking session is just finishing.

Rubber base

I didn’t want the brake rotor base to scratch the top of the tool cart so I decided to adhere a chunk of fish pond liner to the underside of the rotor. I used contact cement to secure it. BTW contact cement eats powder coating, who would have thunk.

Rubber base installed

After the rubber base was glued on the edges were trimmed up, came out pro looking. Too bad no one will ever see it.

Cleaning up bolt heads

I had some funky flat head 6mm torx bolts in the bolt bin so I faced them on the lathe to get rid of the production stampings and then gave them all a quick polish.

Monitor base 2

So here you have it, quick and dirty but funtional and having met all the desgin specifications.

Monitor base 3

Monitor base 1

  1. Alfonso says:

    Gord, you never cease to amaze me. Now i know what to do with all those extra rotors i have in the garage. I love how just the simple machining off the stampings makes such a difference. Great job Gord.

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hey Alfonso, I was looking for a super quick and cheap fix and the rotor met the criteria. I agree with you that machining of the bolts really add to a more refined look. It is so quick and easy to do.



  2. Sara says:

    wow! This is a really good idea! how long did it take to make the stand?

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