Construction Timeline: Standing desk

Hello Everyone,

The following is a Gantt chart that I made in excel, using instructions from here:

Gantt chart of timeline for final project


I can’t figure out why these photos cannot be enlarged without looking terrible… so I will also explain this in words:

From top to bottom the categories of tasks are:

  1. Source major materials- 4 days (because I know that I won’t be able to get them all and will spend so long at home depot)
  2. First attempt at cement base pour-2 days+dry time (since I have never poured cement before, I will need to practice with my supplies. I’m planning to embed the bushing in the cement, so I’ll need to do this twice. This first attempt will make the following ones faster and better)
  3. machine the bushing and shaft collar -4 days (I might have to change the kind of collar because of machine shop constraints – the senior design kids are taking over. And I can’t machine black anodized aluminum in the mechanical shop. Most likely I will have to buy the collar online, so I might buy a few different kinds and return them later if I don’t use them. For the bushing, it should be really fast, and I might be able to do it at home)
  4. build the tabletop -2 days (I scheduled this for a weekend because I’m seeing lots of sanding and staining and sealing time in my future. Hopefully if I have my materials prepared, it won’t take too long. This piece is almost independent of the others, so I can build it earlier)
  5. Final cement pour -3 days+dry time(This is where I will make the base and incorporate the machined bushing)
  6. Assembly -1 day (If I do everything right, this should be very fast. But things never go that easily)
  7. Buffer weekend-2 days This is a 2-day weekend of buffer time in case I have to re-do parts.

Making this schedule has made me realize that I have practically no time, on top of all my other work. Yikes! Time to get going!


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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Scott Lowenstein
    April 18, 2017 6:33 pm

    This is a pretty comprehensive and full schedule. Good job! Hopefully some of the larger items like the cement pour don’t require too much finagling. I am excited to see how the final result comes out!

  • Tori Herfert
    April 4, 2017 1:06 pm

    Sounds like you have a lot of work to do! I suggest maybe giving yourself more than a 2 day buffer incase something like the cement pour or the table top building takes longer! This project is going to be very cool though. keep it up!


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