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Project by jtdyal posted 06-26-2008 11:14 PM 2087 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was using her laptop on the couch with a pillow under it to keep it from burning her legs. It sank in to the pillow and started over heating. I said to my self, “now that is something I can fix.” 2hrs latter I made this.

2- 18”x18” 1/4” ply were quickly cut on the table saw. I used a Jig-saw to rough cut the arch to go around my gut. Then I used the table saw like a sander to round the corners. (that was cool, but not sure how safe) I used the flush trim bit in the router to make the make the large rad. match. Then I swapped bits and rounded the tops top edge.

I was gonna just glue them together but I like the idea of drawing on it too. So I cut a piece of 1/2” ply to length and riped it 10deg. Glue and small nails held it together for her evaluation.

She said “it’s a little rough” and “hirts my legs.” I add an old pillow case, cut to shape, and a little padding (more pillow cases) and I was done. I used it the next day to do some reading and writing while laying on the couch. I said to my self “I think we are gona need two…”

…note to self (need to post rant, and find the engineer who designed my saw with out a riving knife)

-- ~jtd

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#1 posted 06-27-2008 02:08 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 05:57 AM

Good Idea, better get it patented.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 06-27-2008 12:06 PM

Very nice, great idea!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 03:58 PM

Hi jtd;

Very good idea, and probably scored some brownie points with the wife.

Until she went to bed and noticed the missing pillow cases!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-26-2008 09:13 PM

Good Idea

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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