Monday, June 08, 2015

VESA Mount Keyboard Trays

Ran the CNC for the first time in the new shop and found that the keyboard was positioned perfectly to fill up with aluminum chips. I did a quick Google for VESA mounted keyboard trays was amazed at how much they cost. SDS has what looks to be a great product, but having bled money into the shop for the past few months, I needed to do this on the cheap. Of course VESA wall mounts are inexpensive, especially for smaller monitors. So I set about to make a mount that would go between the monitor and the monitor mount plate.DSCF3506 Some preliminary drilling for the VESA bolt pattern.DSCF3508 Looks OK.DSCF3518 This is a little thick for my small Diacro bending brake, but it was no problem at all.DSCF3526 Clamping the keyboard tray to the bent arm and match drilling holes. This keyboard tray was nothing more than a piece of already bent scrap waiting for this moment. DSCF3533 DSCF3537 I quickly realized that the main arm needed some stiffening as the leverage on the mount was too high. Some hardware store aluminum angle (my only expenditure, everything else was scrap and hardware on hand) made a world of difference.DSCF3538 DSCF3539 Kent made me this keyboard tray in a few minutes, of course he has a proper press brake and big shear. DSCF3540 It’s still a little bendy, But at this point that’s more the fault of the monitor arm. The small ones aren’t rated for too much weight so I need to remember not to hang on it anyway.DSCF3541 DSCF3546Ready to make chips!