Lap top Desk

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Project by roundabout22 posted 04-06-2007 06:33 PM 29174 views 32 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the plans for this in Popular Woodworking a few years back I knew I had to make one.

I took some old pallets from work cleaned them up and used them for this. I know the unspalted stuff is pine but I don’t know what the spalted stuff is.

It was a project just to have a project, so there weren’t any plans for it. I eventually ended up giving to my nephew for christmas. My wife told him that he didn’t want it to let her know, because she would take it. Maybe next time I’ld better ask her before giving things away (even if it was her idea to give it away).

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 06:41 PM

THis is wonderful—and what a surprise when I saw the back compartment!!

Reclaimed wood as well. VERY nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 07:11 PM

Great looking wood. Cool project too!

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 07:20 PM

Nice style Dale. Sounds like you better make another one quickly. I am with Debbie, I like that back compartment.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 09:04 PM

Thanks for your comments

Bill, she had a chance to have it. When I finished it I asked what I should do with it. She was the one that suggested using it as a present. So I don’t feel bad (Okay, Maybe I do just a little. If I can find some more wood like I used for the top I’ll build her one.)

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 09:12 PM

Great project. Beautiful wood. And the recycled thing makes it just that much better. Dale, thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 04-07-2007 06:44 PM

great looking wood! great job!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#7 posted 04-07-2007 09:17 PM

Kinda looks like the old military type desks. Very pretty wood. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-10-2007 08:22 AM

Very good idea and execution. Adding some sort of bottom slider and maybe a foam pad for friction to it would permit using it as a laptop desk with a Jakes Chair.

I’m thinking I LIKE LJ!

-- (pens & bowls, mostly)

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#9 posted 07-10-2007 05:42 PM

This is a great lap desk – I’ve always wanted to make one! Just last night a lap desk was in my head!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 07-10-2007 06:05 PM

Those are great! I made one for my daughter a few years back. They are very useful to have around.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 07-11-2007 06:44 AM

After seeing this this morning I really wanted the function of this at the bench for planning today, or on the couch, or in bed, o at the kitchen table, or…

I drew up plans for one of these last year. Just have to say again: this is a great lap desk!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 07-19-2007 10:40 PM

BillinDetroit, this would most certainly work great with a Jakes Chair. I’d never even given that a thought.

It’s great LJ emails you when things get posted. I’ve been busy with all kinds of projects, and although I’ve long on, on a regular basis I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I had commented on anything. There have been some great projects, and blogs. There’s a lot of talent here, keep posting

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#13 posted 12-04-2007 12:57 AM

Dale -

I am glad this popped up on the shuffle! I missed this one. I like the figure . . . interesting treasure from a pallet!



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