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A Steady Third Hand

I've always liked the simplistic lifestyle. So when I put together my Z-Line Gemini "L" Computer Desk, I only put together the bare essentials . . . the legs and the table top. I didn't bother to install the keyboard drawer. But recently, I've decided that the keyboard drawer will be a helpful addition, I can use it to hold my calculators, and other stuff that would otherwise take up space on my desk.

But installing the keyboard drawer without cleaning up my desk and flipping it over wouldn't be an easy task. I'd have to hold the drawer in the right position, while marking, drilling, and screwing the drawer.

That is, until I thought of a steady third hand I could use, my camera tripod. I have a very good tripod, one that can spread its legs as low as I need it to. My tripod consists of Bogen-Manfrotto 3021 tripod legs, Bogen-Manfrotto 3055 Ball Head, and Bogen-Manfrotto Carrying Strap. And by removing the quick release plate, I'm able to use the top of the ball head to hold the keyboard drawer up while I mark the holes (see photo below).

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Chieh Cheng
Sun, 26 Nov 2006 21:54:52 -0800

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Title: reconfiguring the Z-Line Gemini "L" Computer Desk
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: Recently I needed a desk for my home office. I've always liked simple desks with four legs and no drawers. I just need a flat surface for my notebook computer. So I have been eyeing the Legacy Glass L-Desk at Staples. After studying this desk at the B&M store, I realized it could be taken apart to b . . .
Tracked: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 21:57:55 -0800

Title: Turning the corner panel from the Z-Line Gemini "L" Computer Desk into a corner table
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: I purchased a Z-Line Gemini "L" Computer Desk several months ago. Since then, I have already modified it and reconfigured it for my own need (see my 'reconfiguring the Z-Line Gemini "L" Computer Desk' article). The main portion of the L-desk is my main desk. The smaller table will be saved for later . . .
Tracked: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 21:58:47 -0800

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