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Hello ocn!

I've finally made the jump to three monitors and the first issue that arose after I placed my order was space on my desk. Easy fix: a monitor stand. After looking at a few models and noticing how expensive the ones that support 23"+ are, I decided to look into diy. After looking at some ghetto fab and all-out-welding custom stands, I wasn't still satisfied. I kept coming back to the Tyke triple monitor stand for < 22" (some, recommended 21" below for angled adjustment). But this was not going to acommadate my three 23s, BUT I started plotting in my little cooky mind how to modify it. After some sketches on a piece of paper I pulled from the recycle bin , I purchased the Tyke stand off ebay and started buying some additional hardware. Here's is my simple log. My main goal was to fit all three monitors and NOT spend a ton of cash to do it. Enjoy:

-Budget goal: $100 usd
-Tyke stand (model: 193b): $65 shipped from ebay
-DIY brackets: (1) "L" beam 1/8" thick 1-1/4" width per sides: $10
Hardware: (8) 3/8" hex bolts 2" long
(16) 3/8" washers
(8) 3/8" locking washers
(8) 3/8" hex nuts
Total:$10

Total spent: $85 usd

Now, I had to buy some extra tools that will have further use in other endevours, so I didn't include them in the budget. But for those who are interested: I bought a 10" metal cut-off blade to fit on my BD miter saw (yes, you can use a mitter saw to cut metals, but I read its best to do so as minimal as possible, the cutting of steel puts a lot of stress on the motor) and a 3/8" drill bit. Total for the tools added to my arsenal: $15, thus I spent $100 in actuallity, but some of you may have these or access to them and its not technically part of the monitor stand, so the total expenditure stands at $85

Tyke stand arrives:





Testing stock stand with one 23" monitor, as you can see, there is no room for the side 23s:



The arms are disassembled. These will be the ones that go under the knife:



Steel "L" beam purchased @ Home Depot for ~$10. its 48" long. This was cut into four 6" pieces and four 4" pieces.



Black and Decker miter saw with metal cut-off disc doing its thang on the beam and arms



The miter saw did well, though the final cuts I felt she was feeling it. I would advise to take it easy with each cut and don't force it or slam it down. The cuts came out great:









Next, the drill press doing its thang . I highly recommend one of these for the most precise and straight drilling. Fist pic shows one arm done and held w/ the bolts/washers/nuts and another one ready for the drill press. I recommend to bolt on the arms as each cut and whole on each arm is slightly unique. It avoids having to figure out which bracket goes with which arm. Pilot whole was done w/ 1/8" bit and then used the 3/8" bit to carve out the holes.





^^^I left 1-1/4" overlap between the brackets/braces and the arms. Try to center the pilot hole as best as possible using the arm as a reference for the center. I used the middle of the bracket and it was off on the bottom side, but no biggie since the final 3/8" hole carved it away.

Assembled for test mounting:



UPS was running late, tested two monitors and they fit!





^^^I used my little 2-y/o's farm to prop up the stand

UPS finally stopped by!!! I was perplexed I didn't hear their hideously sounding trucks, I noticed they're running new trucks and they are shockingly quiet . Tested on couch, yup, they fit!



Clamped on the brace to the desk, used a bit of shelf that came with the desk to clamp a thicker area and avoid breaking the desk since its cheap. Mounted each monitor to the vesa hinge then bolted the hinges to the arms. Its a little off but a few adjustments here and there should fix it. Still need to get used to three monitors.







There is enough wiggle room but I'm quite happy with this modded stand.


Edited by wermad - 5/13/11 at 1:30am
post #2 of 13
Not to bad, lets just hope that the welds and the joints of the original gear holds up to the extra weight of the monitors and metal that you have added. That would be my only concern. Other than that it looks pretty good.
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Brilliant job Wermad, was looking forward to see how this mod turned out and I think it looks brilliant, seems pretty stable too but I'm sure if there's any weight issues you'll see some bending and flexing quite quickly.

Rep+ for doing this and showing us that we could save quite a bit of money with some simple DIY on a potentially prices accessory
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anyone possible way to increase said strength might be to use an appropriate diameter steel rod inside of the arms and welding the "L" brackets in place, might be more pricey that way though...

+1, great budget mod there mate!
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Nice! How solid is the base where it connects to the desk? I dont like the mounting system we came up with (pipe flange and four screws) for the stand I made. Need to fab up something else, thought about a clamp style but was concerned about the strength necessary to hold up 3 22" monitors
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Thanks guys, the sides do droop a bit, ~ 5-10mm. but it still needs adjustments here and there. I might modify it a bit more to correct this drooping. Other than that, still holding quite well.

I'm also not satisfied with the anchoring system, so I might just add some small planks of wood to help the desk a bit.
Edited by wermad - 5/13/11 at 3:37pm
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just a small update, I fixed the unbalanced sides as I was ready to scrap this whole thing and get a proper stand. but $10 more worth of hardware (longer bolts and a lot of washers) later and now I have three leveled and nicely aligned screens. I'm pretty content on how they line up so much better now than initially, that I don't see a need to get another stand.

Ill post some pics tonight
-wermad
Edited by wermad - 5/24/11 at 5:08pm
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