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Published on February 26th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

One Lack Shelf, Four small casters, Approx. 24 inches of 1×3, One drawer pull & Liquid Nails

Description: My husband and I sit face to face at a double sided workstation. We both use the same desktop iMac and needed a way to share it, without having to trade sides of the desk, or drag it across the table. We wanted a wall mounted arm, but when I saw the price I nearly dropped dead ($350!!!) This was my solution using the LACK shelf.

Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand
Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

Drill pilot holes on the bottom of the LACK shelf and use a Dremmel or jig saw to cut out two rectangles. (There is a rather thick frame, so you have to measure in from the edges about an inch)

I suppose you could remove the entire bottom, but I wanted to maintain some strength in the middle.

Remove the pieces you cut out (The laminate can be popped off with a screwdriver) and then remove all of the ‘honey comb’ cardboard from the inside. A putty knife worked well for this.

Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

Drill a hole on the front edge of the shelf and insert your drawer pull. Inserting the screw might require tiny fingers.

Cut your piece of 1×3 lumber into two pieces that will fit in the rectangles that you just cut out of the LACK.

Pre-drill holes and attach the wheels to the 1×3. Make sure you place them in such a manner that they can fully rotate without hitting the edges of the LACK frame. Make sure your screws do not go through the other side.

Coat the interior of your shelf, and the back side of your 1×3′s with Liquid Nails. Place them into the LACK shelf and clamp for a few hours.

Remove clamps, turn shelf over. Place computer on top. Voila!

Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

WARNING!!!! It is VERY VERY easy to drill or cut through the other side. The laminate is very thin.

~ Dawn

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Jules Yap

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17 Responses to Lack Shelf to rolling iMac Stand

  1. Steve says:

    Nice! Love the stealthy recessed casters.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Cool idea and design! I’d be worried that it might roll right off the desk though! I hope they don’t have cats or children.

  3. Molly says:

    wouldn’t teflon sliders work just as well?

  4. holzgefuehl says:

    Have a look at woodster for iMac: wooden stand with USB 3.0:

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Dawn. I also like the workspace. Can you please advise what desk you are using in these photos?

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    Or you can just get up and switch sides. That seems a lot of work.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I agree, you can get a TV swivel/turntable that works much like a lazy susan — either a simple low profile or one with a DVD player slot for storage would be an elegant solution.

  9. Anonymous says:

    In the past, I used a Lazy Susan for a similar purpose under my iMac.

  10. Axel says:

    Nice hack, but even nicer background image on the iMac desktop! Is there a public link for the desktop image?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello Axel- This is my hack. The image is actually a stock image that comes with the imac. Not sure where you would find it otherwise.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Your drawer pull isn’t level.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello, This is my Hack…

      If you are referring to the hole itself, I intentionally drilled it a little higher so that my fingers could fit under the knob without hitting the desk.

      If you are referring the to knob itself, YES, it has some give to it because I could only hand tighten the screw on the back. You can not fit a screw driver in there unless you remove more of the structure on the bottom, which I did not want to do.

  12. Interesting idea! sure i’ll try and let me post the feedback.

  13. Caitlin says:

    Awesome hack! I’ve been looking for a way to raise my iMac and while I wouldn’t need the casters, I could always use the Lack shelf to create a mini platform :)

    Desert Domicile

  14. zzipper says:

    I love your solution but be sure to check Monoprice for great prices on quality monitor mounts.

  15. Pudel-design says:

    That is really a cool hack;)
    I have some books under my mac!

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