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Building my own monitor stand

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Soo... going to have 3x 3007wfps soon, and there seems to be no suitable monitor stand on the market for less than $300.

In that case, I figured it'd be better if I just built my own w/ pipes/wood from Home Depot.

So some questions:

1. where can I buy vesa compatible mounts? Basically the piece of metal that's on the stock monitor stand that screws into the back of the monitor. I'll need 3x of these so I can secure the monitor on the stand.

2. material wise, metal or wood? I want something sturdy definitely, but not too heavy as it's going on my desk. The monitor panels are about 25lb each, so that's the weight the stand needs to carry.

3. design wise, I'm thinking of one wide/thick base, with a central beam going up the middle, and 2 arms on each side at a slight angle, so the monitors would wrap around in an arc. Just need to make some drawings and make sure the structure works.

It probably won't be adjustable unless I can come up w/ a simple way of implementing it. But simpler usually means cheaper

If I end up doing this I'll document the materials and steps I took, so other people can do the same. any help would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 5
1.) You can use the electrical cover plate as shown in this thread. Here

2.) Metal, you definitely don't want anything warping or sagging.

3.) How are you mounting the base? Is it stand-alone or bolted down? I think the standard angles for the two side monitors is something like 22.5°. Take that measurement with a grain of salt. As done many times, use the main support to hide cables. You don't want a cluttered look.
    
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Wow, I will definitely look into that.

I guess bolting to the desk will be more sturdy, but a stand alone stand would be easier to relocate, should the need arise. Hmm..

Also, trying to run 3x 30" in portrait mode, so the angles will probably be different. Gonna have to figure that out too.
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if you do go with that design, i'd recommend a thicker metal pipe for the main support, so that you could route your cables down it
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if you do go with that design, i'd recommend a thicker metal pipe for the main support, so that you could route your cables down it
Hmm.. good thinking, but I wouldn't know how to route it out at the end

Also, anyone currently running 3x 30" wants to pipe in and let me know what you guys are doing?
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