Lap desk

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Project by sufficientwood posted 10-31-2011 02:44 AM 2246 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a lap desk for my girlfriend’s laptop. The design came from Popular Woodworking Magazine. She chose the wood, bored the vent holes and joined the top panel, I did the sides, edge beading and finish. It was a nice weekend project and was a lot of fun to have her finally understand why I enjoy being in the basement with my tools so much! The plans had to be altered a little bit because her laptop is large. We made the top wider by a few inches and made the sides an inch taller. The wood is walnut except for the laptop rest in QSWO and the mail order engraved handles from Lee Valley. We used 5 coats of a wipe on poly finish, and dark walnut danish oil for the oak piece. We both learned to remember if we are about to drill through the side of a dowel in the top, because we did…twice. She is really proud of this though and it turned out nice. I was concerned about racking but after 3 months of everyday use it is still solid. The only issue we noticed is the balance when the laptop is on top. If we could do this over we figured we would install the hanger bolts that go through the sides a quarter inch farther towards the front instead of in the center. Occasionally if she bumps the top with her legs it will pivot down a little. This required 2 board feet of walnut.

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:13 AM

Nice Lap Desk.

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 08:08 AM

It looks great. Ive been a memeber of LBJ for a while and have only seen two of theese laptop desks. I am in the process of making one of theese for my wife for our anniversary. I have three thing s to say about them.
1.They look awsome.
2. I wish they had been posted sooner so I could figure our my mistakes.
And 3. You guys are stealing my thunder, I havent found a single on of theese until I decided to build one. Maybe we should start a build challenge on the forum section.

-- Lotidus

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 01:48 PM

Looks greatm but next time you should find wood with less knot holes in it!

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 08:18 PM

Nice work, finish looks great!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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