Laptop Desk - DowelMax

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 07-19-2007 05:15 PM 2510 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Saturday is my son-in-law’s birthday and this week I made a present for him – twice.

The first one wasn’t “good enough” (we won’t discuss that) and so I chose to make a second one and fix my errors.

Why a laptop desk? He uses a laptop and often sits with it on the couch. I thought it would be nice to have a little desk that he could sit the laptop on while he worked or took a break.

Why walnut? To match the table that I made for my daughter last month.

I wanted the desk to be about 12” wide and my boards were about 8”, so I had to join two boards together to form the top.

I planed the boards and then ran them through the jointer.

I then let Rick cut them both down to 6” each on the table saw.

I sanded the pieces and then cut them to length, cutting off (2) 12” “legs” from the bottom of each board.
This left my boards to be appropx 2’ in length for the desktop.

Using the DowelMax, I joined the two top pieces together.
I then used the DowelMax on the legs.

Then, I had to reconfigure the DowelMax to clamp along the bottom of the top and to give me a little edge on the side for a handhold. Then, I made the holes, glued the dowels in place and voila. Done.

Well, almost done; Rick is going to take the two gifts to his work and have them sprayed with their choice of finishes. I think they are leaning towards a simple poly finish, although they also prefer the really dark stain.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 07-19-2007 05:19 PM

How about some willow boxes – jewelry type boxes. I know you would love to work with that, and Don would give you all kinds of ideas on small boxes. Rumor is he likes boxes….

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 07-19-2007 05:22 PM

a small wooden box!! ingenious
Who doesn’t love a small wooden box.

Good idea.. now to personalize them..
My mom quilts.. so it could hold her needles, thread, etc
My granddaughter.. well she’s young and anything can be collected and put in a box!
My son.. hmm computer guy… ah!! EA Games.. he has to have games.. he needs a box to put them in :)
(probably already has one, but it wasn’t made by his Mom!!! :)

Thanks Bill.. It is now on my list of options.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 05:48 PM

Awesome, Debbie! I like it alot!

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

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#4 posted 07-19-2007 07:10 PM

Nice thoughtful project, must be a good friend. jockmike.

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

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#5 posted 07-20-2007 01:22 AM

Good work, Debbie!

Did I hear a rumor about you making a small box? I just love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 07-20-2007 01:46 AM

thanks everyone :)

yes Don.. there is such a rumour floating around. Haven’t decided yet, though. We’ll see :)

Oh, and Jenn test=drove it today and she says that is so comfortable while sitting on the couch. Tim is going to love it. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 07-20-2007 02:04 AM

Well Debbie, I am impressed. I am working on a block of walnut that is really tough, like stone. I know that there certainly are tougher, denser woods, but walnut seems pretty tough as woods go. Nice job!

-- John

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#8 posted 07-20-2007 11:32 AM

re: Walnut. Yah.. drilling the holes for the dowels, I could really see how hard it was—that and it made the table saw whine.

Thanks :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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