Gladiator Work Bench has arrived

After assembling the new work table, I punched some holes in the back plane with a hydraulic knockout and inserted rubber grommets to allow for cable runs. I also utilized some clever cable management products & techniques we will discuss later.

Standing Computer Desk

Once I setup the Gladiator Adjustable Work Bench I realized it just wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted. I also needed to to come up with a storage solution for the Time Capsule, modem, hard drives, keyboards, mice (mouses) etc.

I realized that if the table was deeper I could also use it for shooting video tutorials rather than clearing out my electronics work bench in the basement to shoot videos on.

At this point I am beginning to consider a Video Editing & Video Shooting Work Station.

So I decided to buy a 74”x39”x1.5″ Butcher Block by Hardware Reflections and saw off a 10″ strip for a shelf underneath. That gives me a table top 4″ deeper and 2″ wider than the Gladiator Table Top.

I applied 5 coats of water based polyurethane to the top and 3 coats to the bottom of both the table top and 10″ shelf, sanding between each coat. It has been decades since I had done any significant work working and I had forgotten how much work was in Wood Working.

Stu-baby “Kevin, it’s right there in the name Wood Working”.
Me “Yes Stu… it is”
More on that later.

So do I replace the Gladiator Butcher Block? Not at all, that is not the vision I have and would be wasteful. I simply place it on top of the Gladiator Table on 4″ nonslip legs. I ordered Richelieu Legs but they took too long to arrive so I installed Ikea Capita leg brackets but the legs weren’t non-slip, so I traded legs with my Office Oasis Bamboo Monitor Stand which had rubber bottoms. More on that later.

This gives me a tremendous amount of storage space for power supplies, chargers, keyboards, mice, notebooks, iPads, phones and even other laptops like my old Dell Latitude when I need a Windows machine.
Notice the custom built LED bar. More on that later.

Work Desk Backlighting
Computer Workstation LED Strip Lights

Notice the power supplies are on aluminum heat sinks. Anything that produces heat is either on a heat sink, has a fan blowing on it or both.
Although not absolutely necessary, I have an abundance of heat sinks from elevator & electronics tear downs and I prefer to extend the life of my electronics by keeping them cooler.

Now to install the 10″ shelf

The 64″x10″ Butcher Block Shelf rests on the desk leg cross members. I use a large aluminum plate (from a GAL Elevator Door Operator) as a heat sink and to protect the finish of my painstakingly applied 5 coats.
The UPS and modem rest directly on the heat sink but the Apple Time Capsule rests on an addition motor soft start heat sink. The modem produces a lot of heat so I have a blower fan drawer air out of the top of the modem and blower across the time capsule.

Once my tower UPS and 12TB RAID storage drive arrived by mail I placed them on the shelf as well. The horizontal UPS is now on the family iMac22.
This shelf life is short though as you will soon see.

42″ Pull out drawer

I wanted some addition storage in the form of a pull out drawer. After failing to find one large enough, I decided to build my own. It took some time for me to find the proper hardware because I didn’t know what it was called. Height Adjustable Ball Bearing Keyboard Slides or Drawer Slides (non side mount).

For the board I used an additional 42″x10″ bamboo Monitor Stand that I robbed feet from. I wanted the Pull Out Drawer ultra low profile so even though the brackets are adjustable I had to saw off two holes from each bracket to get the pull out to a height of 1.5″. I only intend to store notebooks, pens and maybe Apple keyboard and mouse.

I would have preferred the pull out drawer be 14″ – 16″ deep but this 10″ works well for my notebooks and I came up with a Cutting Board hack. I have 99 uses for a cutting board, but cutting ain’t one.

I didn’t want the extra expense of purchasing a 42″ x 14+” board but if I come across a nice looking one, I will swap it out.

Filing Cabinets

The old filling cabinet is about 16 years old and is falling apart.
It is time for a new one but I want something of better quality and durability along with good aesthetics. My wife and I have grown tired of fighting with cheap rollers & drawers that won’t stay closed or open.

After searching online I decided on Laura Davidson brand file cabinets for their solid metal construction and ball bearing slides.

I had originally planned on putting the cabinets on the sides of the standing desk.

But for space savings decided to put two of them underneath which meant removing the 10″ butcher block shelf I spent so much time finishing.
Brings new meaning to the term Shelf Life.

I considered laying the butcher block shelf on top of the cabinets but the tower UPS was too tall. I decided to place the 45″ reclaimed aluminum shelf on the cabinets to provide shelf storage for my Time Capsule, 12TB Raid, 8TB Time Machine back up, tripod mic and stands.

Desk Drawer DIY
42″ DIY Bamboo Drawer

My dog Sadie enjoyed laying under both the old and new desks so I put her bed there which also hides the two power cables running across the floor.

Standing Desk Drawer
Standing Desk Pullout Drawer

This is the standing work desk in its’ current configuration but we need to explain some components including the laptop stands, monitors & stand, thunderbolt dock and the old 2012 MBP.

I modified the Office Oasis Dual Monitor Stand by adding another leg to the front center. Though this in not necessary with these monitors on it, with the iMac 27 it was sagging slightly in the center.

MacBook Pro Displays
MacBook Pros with external monitors

In search of a Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The new 2019 MacBook Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a mic input and no others. While Thunderbolt 3 truly is amazing, additional I/O is helpful if not outright necessary.

After exhaustive research I chose the CalDigit TS3 Plus+ because it was the only Thunderbolt 3 Dock that I could find that had a Thunderbolt 3 output and USB-C 3.1 Gen.2 10Gbps output (along with USB A&C Gen.1 5Gbps etc.) All the other docks had a Thunderbolt 3 and the next fastest port was USB-C 3.1 Gen.1 5Gbps, half the speed.

Since my Dock Thunderbolt port is going to my 4K Monitor I wanted a fast 2nd port for my SSD that I edit from (I may upgrade to the X5 SSD). At the time of purchase the TS3 Plus+ was the only dock to offer this.

Thunderbolt Dock
Thunderbolt Dock & SSDs

Why are the SSDs on a heat sink & do speeds change with temperature?
Answer Video

My TS3+ Port Configuration

  • Thunderbolt 3 – Host: MBP 16″ Computer
  • Thunderbolt 3 – Downstream: LG 4K Monitor
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen.2 10Gbps: T7 SSD (editing drive)
  • USB-A 3.1 Gen.1 5Gpbs: T5 SSD (mirror drive)

Also (but less important to me) the TS3+ can support full 96 watt charging of the MBP 16″, so only 1 cable to the MBP is needed for everything.

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