I was finally left alone in the house today and decided to do everything I normally can't do. Like make a hell of a lot of noise sawing and hammering at 2am in the morning lol!!
I ordered an Ergotron LX HD arm from amazon today. I had given up on this desk because it was too big orginally. It was a 5 foot by 30 inch beast on top of a 4 foot by 24 inch desk. Couldn't even get to my closet! So I took a saw to that sucker and cut it down to 40 inches instead of 5 feet. It took about 2-3 hours to cut, drill, cut again, and bolt everything in.
It's 3/4 inch plywood with a nicer thinner piece glued on top. 2X4'S sit on top of the desk under it and clamp over the back of the desk's top. The drafting table top has two 2x4's glue to the bottom with holes drilled in them and bolts attach it to the boards coming from the desk. Then two more holes at the top of the glued 2x4 with two boards to support it. Oh, and 3 aluminum bars support the cintiq itself on bottom side.
If that doesn't make any sense, I'll take more pics later XD
Not sure if I'll keep this or not since I ordered that Ergotron arm. I really wanted to see how it felt and worked just for the heck of it :P
Total cost of this was around.... $65 roughly.
Edit: Made a sketchup model with dimensions. Also....I started laughing when I looked at the bottom view....it looked just like the star trek enterprise lol! So I made a silly poster :D
------------------------------2/7/2019 After a full day / night of use -------------------------------------------------- Pros: The thing I like most so far is the small 5 inch wide area of my keypad on the left and the height of the cintiq itself. With the default cintiq 21ux stand, I always felt like I had to stretch my arm upwards and it got uncomfortable after an hour or two of use. With this desk though, there's none of that feeling. So for just drawing as my task, it's great.
Cons: My keyboard! Having the keyboard above or even at the top of the cintiq is bad news. It's uncomfortable to type like that for any length of time. I thought I could just move the keyboard over the screen when I'm not using the cintiq, but it tends to get pretty hot in the area where it's covered up. Not burn your hand hot, but a lot more than normal. I could just turn it off, sure, but last time I turned if off there was that blue color problem. So I keep it on 90% of the time.
The mouse feels awkward to use at the upward angle and keeps sliding down, which drives me a lil nuts because it moves me cursor to the bottom screen. This could be fixed if the desk was tilted back to be flatter though. Right now, it's kind of a constant annoyance.
Solutions? I think I'd like the keyboard under the cintiq, but not where my elbow would be moving around and not in front it either. And maybe the mouse on the same "plane" as the keyboard in a small tray. I know ergotron makes a keyboard tray thing for that. Might look into getting one or making one as I just got my ergtron LX HD arm in the mail today.