Making life a little easier at work

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Project by tinman_362 posted 03-09-2012 06:44 PM 2066 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

I haven’t added a project in a while and I was starting to feel guilty looking at everybody’s wonderful projects.

My Office consists of the front driver side and front passenger side of my work vehicle. My desk is any spot that I can find on my passenger seat when I’m not training someone else. If I’m training someone, the passenger seat is reserved for me. I sometimes eat in my vehicle and I type all of my reports in my vehicle. The mount that my laptop sits on does not move to a comfortable position for me to type for long.

I ended up buying a keyboard that plugs into a USB to type with so I didn’t have to sit in a contorted position to type my reports (sitting facing forward, turning & leaning your upper body to the right). The problem that I ran into was that the keyboard sat on my lap, which was also another uncomfortable position to type (try typing like a T-rex). The minimum typing I will do for our reports is approx. an hour.

The first picture shows a cardboard template for the bottom of my steering wheel and a final MDF template of the interlocking portion that would fit onto my steering wheel. My buddy (amoon) gave me a piece of cherry that I made into the final design (picture 2). Picture 3 is before the finish & The final picture is the completed project & how it attaches to my steering wheel so i can type in a comfortable position. I tanned the Cherry for a couple of days and finished it with a few coats of wipe-on poly. I know the picture quality is not great but these photos were taken with my phone.

All in all it took about an hour to get the right curves to grasp the bottom of the steering wheel correctly but it works great. When I’m not using my new desk, I simply pull it off the steering wheel and tuck it on behind the bar that holds my laptop up. The keyboard fits under the passenger seat and everything is tucked away and secured so I can go to my next call.

Any feedback is appreciated.


-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 06:56 PM

nice adaptation on your mobile office.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 07:52 PM

Nice ingenuity, that will make you much happier I think. What is it that you do for a living?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 08:36 PM

Slick Idea. Nice hunk ‘o wood too.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 09:41 PM

cool project. thanks

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 11:42 PM

Great Idea! Wish I could use one like that but my seat doesn’t go back far enough and I got a bit of MAGS (middle age gut syndrome)

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 03:06 AM

Way to solve a problem with a piece of wood

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Gabe C.

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 03:41 AM

(Heh heh, don’t let your insurance company get any wind of that.)

Workspace is generally a scarce commodity, nice job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 10:10 AM

Hey Tinman,

Nice one.
Having spent a few years on the road with a laptop, I understand why you needed this. My neck kills me after a while.
Not sure what you meant by “tanning” the cherry?

aka bagtown

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 02:34 PM

Nice upgrade to your mobile office, looks good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 02:50 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

BinghamtonEd: I am a Deputy Sheriff here in the great state of Texas

Gabe C.: No worries from the insurance companies, I only use my new desk when I am parked and it is in no way attached with any hardware to my steering wheel except by gravity.

Bagtown: I might not be using the right term, however, by “tanning” I meant that I let it sit out in the sun for a few days to get a darker color.

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 04:33 PM

great idea, howcome u don’t try and get dragon the headset u just talk into instead of type.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 06:40 PM

bigmike: with dispatch and everyone else constantly talking on the radio it is just to much noise to get something like that. I wish I could even get a wireless keyboard but there is too much interference with everything else in the car.

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 07:22 PM

great solve robert

good to see you back

-- 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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