Laptop Couch Buddy

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Project by Patrick posted 12-07-2009 05:53 PM 3759 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Laptop Couch Buddy – Nice work space, place your Laptop on this Laptop Desk and have some extra space for paper work – when watching TV.


Wood used – 1
About Purpleheart Lumber:
Purpleheart (Peltogyne spp.)
Other Names
Also known as amaranth, violetwood, coracy, pauroxo, pauferro, koroboreli, saka, nazareno, morado, and tananeo.
Includes species in tropical regions of Central America and South America.

Generally straight grained, sometimes interlocked, with a fine even texture. Creamy white sapwood and vibrant purple heartwood that turns to dark-purplish brown with exposure to light.
Physical Properties
Very heavy, hard, strong, and stiff with good decay resistance and stability in service. Steam-bends moderately well.
Working Properties
Sometimes difficult to work due to hardness and a tendency to tear and split. Pre-drilling required for screws and nails. Glues easily and polishes well with no staining required.
Uses include inlay, marquetry, furniture, cabinets, flooring, turnery, carving, outdoor construction, chemical vats (very acid resistant), filter press plates, diving boards, and boat building

Wood Used – 2
Common Name: Zebrawood
Botanical Name: Microberlinia brazzavillensis
Other Names: Zebrano, Amouk, Zingana, Allen ele, African Zebrawood
Species Distribution: Western Africa – mainly Cameroon and Gabon
Endangered?: Yes
Characteristics: Trees tend to grow large with trunk diameters of 48”-60” and a thick bark. Zebrawood tends to grow near river banks.
Characteristics: Moderately coarse texture, close defined grain.
Color: Yellow brown heartwood, light sapwood with a dark contrasting grain which gives this wood its Zebra-like appearance.
Workability: Fair – Veneers are fragile. Grain can tend to tear when planing. Good gluing properties.
Finishing Qualities: Fair
Durability: Grain tend to be prone to wear. Veneer tends to be fragile and can break easily. Resistant to termites
Drying: Difficult – unpleasant odor disappears after drying.
Kiln Schedules: T2-C2 (4/4) – T2-C1 (8/4) US
Stability: Zebrawood tends to shrink quite a bit. It can be unsuitable for some furniture.
Uses: Turnings, veneers, furniture, tool handles, pens.
Comments: In the United States Zebrawood is most commonly available as a veneer due to the high shipping costs.

Finish Used – Minwax 67500 Tung Oil Finish

-- Patrick - DCFB

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 06:06 PM

Patrick, Thank you so much for your very informative review. I have been exposed to both of these woods through projects of others here, but having no ‘hands on’ experience with either have no idea of their characteristic Please post all your projects the same way & I will favorite them for future reference. Your lap desk is of course a lovely project.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 06:06 PM

great little helper ,

nice choice of woods .

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 07:29 PM

Beautiful color, nice idea. Nice build.

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

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 08:35 PM

Nice, I like how you alternated the purpleheart and zebrawood. Where’s the beer holder, er, cup holder, yeah cup holder? ;)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 12-08-2009 04:07 AM

I got one of these in oak!! Your’s is pretty!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 12-08-2009 04:20 AM

wow what a great couch buddy.

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 03:38 AM

Patrick, Not sure if you are still around these parts. Your couch buddy came up on my front page, I am sorry to say that I missed it the first time around. Great wood choices and the way you combined them is just awesome.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 03:41 AM

Love the wood combination!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 10:54 AM

Very nice! As said before really a harmonius choice of wood.

I’d love to have some of that wood to play around.

Keep up the good work!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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