As you may know I’m working on some designs for Elektron Side Cheeks / Panels. Read Part 1 here for the background.
Here are some photos of my extremely crude prototype boards that I made to check the angles for the tiers:
I didn’t have any tools (currently traveling…) so I went to a local home center and borrowed an electric jigsaw. The holes are drilled using a small hand drill that I picked up for $10. The wood is a simple pine board ($3). All in all this little crappy prototype / test (which actually works!) cost about $15 to make.
I started with a high angle and gradually shaved off degrees so that I could check both the standing and sitting viewing angles. The angle in the photos is final result for the lower tier.
I also realized that I wanted at least 10mm of space between the lower tier machine and the table top to pass cables under the stand.
This is to accommodate a possible third machine placed directly on the table top in front of the stand. Other important lessons include the space needed for the cables attached to the back of the lower tier machine, and making sure that the upper tier does not cover the controls of the lower tier.