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Joint Project - Computer Lap Desk - Ellen35 and moonls (Lorna)

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Project by ellen35 posted 03-17-2011 12:28 AM 2108 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This computer lap desk was a joint project that Lorna and I completed a week ago. Lorna has a wonderful treasure trove of old plans and we decided to spend some time making some of the projects. This computer lap desk is made using 1/2 inch walnut for the body, 1/2 inch maple for the top and purpleheart doweled breadboard edges on the top. We used a piano hinge to make it easy to open completely. The drawer is attached inside – useful for thumb drives, etc., there is a hole for the cord and the bottom is covered in felt. It is finished in 3 coats of wipe on poly. It will accommodate a standard 11×16 inch laptop inside and, while it is easier to use the computer on the slanted top, it can be used inside the box as well. Lorna’s husband has suggested that we make one that allows for use in the box by making the riser in front lower. We are working on this idea. This is probably better suited to use on a table where one wants a computer available but not obvious. I’m not sure how comfortable this would be on my lap!
The best part of this project was 2 woodworkers working together in the planning, adapting, building and finishing of the project. What more can we say!
Thanks for looking.
Ellen and Lorna

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 12:33 AM

I love that side drawer!!

Go TEAM.
I look forward to seeing version II.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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rsladdwoodworks

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 12:42 AM

it look like it would be fun to make

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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NBeener

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 01:14 AM

I’m with Debbie: if it weren’t for the drawer, I would “only” love it, but … for some reason … that drawer just kicks it up yet another notch, to me !

Great project !!

I wonder (literally, just that) whether drilling or slotting could help with cooling. I know some laptops can run pretty hot.

-- -- Neil

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Kate

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 01:29 AM

Nice lap desk for the laptop. I like the combination old and new. Looks great.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 01:51 AM

I love the thought of having something “handy but not obvious” and I think this fits the bill well. It is really a handsome piece and I have to agree that the drawer just kicks it up to another level. Great job you two! What a wonderful project! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 01:52 AM

Nice job. Have you considered having a full sized keyboard flop down in front?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Lenny

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#7 posted 03-17-2011 02:57 AM

Great job Ellen and Lorna. It is an attractive piece that you executed well. Like most, I love the contrast of walnut and maple and the purpleheart adds a subtle accent color. Kudos! I hope this is available for viewing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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patron

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#8 posted 03-17-2011 03:09 AM

a chocolate drawer

what will you girls think of next

nice work
and useful too i bet

-- 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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grizzman

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#9 posted 03-17-2011 03:12 AM

you both did a marvelous job, its a beauty for sure…always love walnut , and as neil has said, the drawer is a very cool thing..which a slot or two might be a cool thing too..ha…i can have a play on words too…voondava…....love it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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tdv

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#10 posted 03-17-2011 03:24 AM

I read your write-up in my e-mail before looking at the post & I never expected to see the drawer in that position, that’s really neat..thinking outside the box …or was it at the side of the box?? Anyway nice one
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Eric in central Florida

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#11 posted 03-17-2011 03:31 AM

My hat off to both of you. This is a wonderful looking piece and will grace any room it is in.
The purple heart accents really set it off.
Nice work !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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sedcokid

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#12 posted 03-17-2011 05:11 AM

Ellen, What a great project and what fun to work with another woodworker on. I like it, drawer and all!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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degoose

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#13 posted 03-17-2011 09:13 AM

Very attractive and well made..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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steliart

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#14 posted 03-17-2011 09:30 AM

very nices and cool design

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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littlecope

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 01:12 PM

Great Job Girls!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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