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Project by mrksiddiqui posted 09-12-2011 06:27 AM 1611 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project. A lapdesk for my wife. This is based of project from Wood used is red oak. Lots of fun with ebony-zing red oak.

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 07:20 AM

Nice job!
My daughter is always using her laptop on her lap on the couch and could really use one of these.
Thanks for the idea.

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 10:49 AM

Very nice got to make one of these thanks.

-- Billp

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 08:20 PM

Yes, yes, yes. Exactly what I need for the iPad. Tired of having a pillow on my lap and the iPad perched on the pillow to get it to the right height and angle—too heavy to hold for very long. Not sure why I didn’t think of this. Thanks for the idea! I may need to add a drink holder—perhaps with a mesh bottom so that it can sort of hang at different angles depending on how the table is tilted…

Do you have any sort of teeth in the tilt mechanism to lock it into place, or is just held with pressure and friction?

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 08:24 PM

Awesome job! I saw that article in Pop Wood and loved the idea. Very well done for a first project. What process did you use to ebonize?

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 08:55 PM

@Pete, That is exactly why I build this for my wife. I though of some friction on the tilt mechanism but so far it is holding it perfectly for her IPAD and netbook not much of weight.

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 09:10 PM


I used white vinegar and steel wool. Mix steel wool and white vinegar for 3 days. Covered oak with black tea (Lipton). Let it dry for 3 hours. Used foam to spread the mixture on the oak and wiped of extra after twenty minutes. You would have to get a damped cloth to wipe some of the rust of the wood at the end. I only had to coat it once to get it to my liking.

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 05:16 AM

First off: Welcome to another Wisconsinite!

Your lap desk turned out very nice. The finish is especially appealing. Thanks for sharing.

The one question I had about the design from Popular Woodworking was “Why the holes?” I understand that laptops can burn one’s legs, however, they sit on desks or tables for hours with no problem and the desks and tables don’t have holes in them. Would a laptop heat up the wood so much that one’s legs would get hot under the lapdesk?

I made a tray table (which can be used as a lapdesk) for my brother before he passed away. I made a section that remains horizontal so he could use the slantable section for reading or “computing” and still have a place for a cup of coffee. Here’s a blog of it with measured drawings.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 06:30 PM


Thanks for warm welcome.

Holes are designed to dispate the heat from the laptop. When they are on your laptop most of the time your clothe and lap is blocking the Fan underneath pushing heat out. When they are left of the table or even surface the rubber feet underneath the laptop keep is elevated to let the hot air out.

I like your design of tray table as well very nice.

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