3D Printer Stand

We build us a 3D Printer Stand from Scrap Wood.

creator: x14km2d | build: 2021-12-17 | update: 2022-01-08

Intro

This week I had my major update of the website, where I had to change a lot again. I have now completely switched from HTML to Markdown. For this I had to build several scripts that automate my processes and this is harder than it sounds, because most of the time everything has to be tested and that is boring.

There was also a lot of reconstruction in my room. After a test phase, I decided to set up my own space for my 3D printer. For this I needed a stand made of wood. Purely by chance, my neighbor put parts of his old bed in front of the front door, so that they can be picked up the next day by the bulky waste service. I asked if I could have some parts so that I can build a 3D printer stand from them. He was happy, because he had to walk the stairs less. And I was happy because I didn’t have to buy any wood.

Build

A table is not difficult to build and there is not much to pay attention to in order to make it stable. With a table on which a heavy object stands and also still continuously wobbles in operation, this is already a little more difficult. I must still note here that I am not a trained carpenter. Everything I show here is based on my own experience and some failed attempts.

First we saw two squares on which our 3D printer can be placed. This will be the bottom board and the board on which our device stands. In addition, I have screwed on all two boards, in each case on the opposite sides two strips of wood firmly 1. These become then handles, to which I can screw further hooks or other aids. In addition, I can then easily move the trolley, wen I build wheels in the future under the 3D printer stand.

In the next step, I saw together four battens that connect the two panels. These will be our main struts on which most of the weight will rest. We have to make sure that they are screwed together properly. Overall, there must be nothing wobbly and everything must be aligned straight. If these parts are not aligned properly, the whole table will be at an angle and we don’t want that. Also pay attention to how both boards are aligned. The wooden slats must all four point upwards. You can see this quite well in the photos.

Since I like to use magnets to hang my tools somewhere, I screwed two old metal angles. I have them from my metal boxes in which I throw everything purely what I can only use later. It is quite good if you put together four boxes. With wood, metal, electrical and plastic parts. These you can put in the basement or in the attic where they do not interfere. Especially if you implement many upcycling projects, these boxes are super advantageous. Make sure that I do not put wet or moldy wood in the box, because mold can not only be dangerous for people or animals but also jump to other wood in the box.

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To make our four simple connecting rods more stable, we add additional cross braces. One on each side. These will be the sides, so you’ll have to pay attention to where your 3d printer stands at the back and front. Then we put four more cross braces on the other sides. I only had enough wood for one more panel, but I can also cut the second panel later with new wood.

In the last step, I cut the last piece of wood into four small pieces and screwed them under the 3d printer stand. this makes it more stable and can also distribute slight vibrations better. In addition, there is air between the stand and the floor, so that there is no mold. Finished is our 3D printer stand built from scrap wood.

Conclusion

This 3D printer stand will not win any beauty award, but that is not necessary. It is a stand that is used in a workshop. Functionality is more important than good looks. Unfortunately, I had no more rollers that I still have to order. Also the ends of the single wooden slats are not nice and I’m thinking about concealing these unsightly spots with 3D printed covers. The goal was not to pay for a 3D stand and to build it from scraps. I was lucky that everything fit together as well as I had imagined, even if I had only made a drawing in my head. Even after a few days the stand is still standing and the 3D printer (Printi is the name) now fits well in its new place in my room.

Trolley

If you have a workshop you will eventually learn the benefits of casters. Casters can be built under heavy cabinets, tables or even shelves. Casters help you easily push your heavy tools through the store so you can stack boxes, for example. I bought a simple set of casters that match the color of the updates from my 3D printer. I also like the color orange. The casters can support up to 240 Kg and that should be enough, because the printer doesn’t weigh that much. The set came with screws and a bit. The bit did not fit in the screws because it was too big. Fortunately, I still had suitable bits and a bit handle that I could use. The rollers are simply screwed to the bottom of the 3D printer stand and then I can push the rolley comfortably through my workshop.

There is not really much to say about the attachment. I measured 3cm on each side. Then I drew lines with a ruler and waterproof pencil on which the rollers are oriented. I tried to screw in the screws by hand, but then I used the drill again. This worked quite well and did not take long. You just have to be careful that the rollers are screwed on straight. There is nothing worse than a trolley that wobbles and on which an expensive machine stands. In the next few days I will make some more small changes, but I have enough to do here again and can put this further back on my to do list.

Footnotes


  1. If you want, you can also smear wood glue under the strips, which gives additional stability and makes the whole construction more durable. But then also costs more money, because additional material is consumed.↩︎


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