Lap Desk

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Project by Festus56 posted 01-24-2017 04:03 AM 1345 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this a few months back. Decided since I am usually on the computer whenever I do take time to sit down it would be nice to keep everything in one place. Made from poplar and walnut with golden oak stain and hand rubbed Danish Oil finish. After finishing it I found myself sketching new project ideas so made some drafting tools to match.

As always questions and comments are welcome.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 04:07 AM

Very nice, did you transfer patterns to make the drafting tools or use some other method? I might try my had at those too…

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 04:13 AM

Nice Mark. Neat little desk.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 04:19 AM

Great build sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 04:21 AM

Really nice Mark…..the drafting tools put it over the top….great idea and well done.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 04:24 AM

Thanks for the comments. I just used my plastic angles from my old drafting set for patterns. The T-square is just a mini version of my big one.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 04:26 AM

mark that finish cane out great ,something i got to do soon

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 09:11 AM

Very nice. The draughting tools make a valuable addition.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 01-24-2017 11:09 AM

PURDY! Love the tools, Mark! Router for the pencil tray?

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 01-24-2017 11:23 AM

Very nice, especially the drafting tools!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#10 posted 01-24-2017 12:20 PM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#11 posted 01-24-2017 03:01 PM

I like it Mark….

I had a little lap desk in college that I used in a drafting class… but yours is much nicer.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 01-24-2017 03:31 PM

Thanks All,

Eddie a hand rubbed finish is not hard to do just takes a little more time.

Candy I used a bowl router bit for the pencil tray

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#13 posted 01-24-2017 05:07 PM

Gorgeous. The one French curve sure looks like a Santa sleigh too.

Tools are fantastic.

As t seems plenty big too hold your laptop; a few interior dividers to keep things better in place when it is moved may be worth while.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#14 posted 01-24-2017 05:49 PM

It’s a beautiful lap desk and a very practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 01-24-2017 10:45 PM

Great looking lap desk—and the drafting tools are the frosting on the cake!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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