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Lap desk finally finished.... made from free scraps.

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Project by AngieO posted 429 days ago 1372 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my favorite kinds of projects…. ones made from FREE material. I found this cute little lapdesk on a blog I follow and decided that I could really use it and that I probably had the materials already on hand for the job.

At work we recently acquired a new building. It’s a large pole barn with extremely high ceilings. There was a partial wall built that was about 4×8. It was constructed out of 2×3’s with bead board on one side and plywood on the other. Then there was a nice 1×12 shelf along the top. When we acquired the building the boss immediately wanted to demolish the wall. Before he took a sledge hammer to it and destroyed it I reminded him that I’m a wood hoarder (he had no idea how bad I am… lol). So instead he lovingly disassembled it and brought it all over to me.

I used the 2×3’s for the legs and the side braces. The 1×12 was used for the top and the bottom and I used pallet wood for the frame.

I cut the 2×3’s down to 2×2’s and put all the pallet wood into the planer so they would be all the same thickness.
I assembled the middle portion first (kinda looked like a drawer). Then added the four legs and the two side 2×2 braces.
I used glue and my brad nailer.

I used Minwax Special Walnut to stain it. .

I’m still working on my finishing skills. I used a coat of poly on it and it seems to have “grayed” it. Any suggestions?
Not that I mind… I really like the way it turned out. And I’m the one that’s going to be using it so I love it. But if I was making it for someone else I would prefer a better finish.

This was also my first time attaching any hardware. The hinge on the right side is a bit crooked. But again… it’s for me so I was ok with that. It was another successful learning experience.

Of course… Gotta have lumberjocks pulled up on my ipad for the pic… and what better use of the storage space than to put some of my favorite magazines in it :)

In the gallery pics you’ll notice my big ole bound book of Shop Notes. LOVE IT! Sadly not mine. Borrowing from a friend. But trying to absorb all the info I can from it while I have them.

As always…. I love to hear comments back from you guys. I’ve learned a lot. Please feel free to give me some constructive criticism. I’m a pretty tough girl… I can take it. LOL. Especially about the finishing. While I’m pleased with it… there’s still lots to learn and what better way than words from people who have done it time and time again.

Thanks for looking!





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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 429 days ago

Very nice work Ms. Angie. I made one myself and I use it all the time. Your looks about 200% better than mine however. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 429 days ago

Nice work, Angie. It’s a real nice and practical design. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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iamcliff

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#3 posted 429 days ago

Nice work. I like the exposed hinges on top.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Vicki

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#4 posted 429 days ago

That turned out really nice. I like that it has a good size to it and the storage area is a great touch. I bought a self centering hinge bit from Rockler.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10610&site=ROCKLER
That helped my hinge lineup greatly. The greyish tint might be from water based poly? I’ve switched to that from oil base because I like the fast drying time, but I do prefer the amber tint of the oil based. The items I’ve used the water based on have achieved a bit warmer tone with time though, so maybe your desk will too.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 429 days ago

Looks Like a real fun project well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 429 days ago

Very nice, I like the hinges door also.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Alongiron

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#7 posted 429 days ago

A little sketchup, free wood, and imagination….I like it! Great job

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 429 days ago

Great save and great project. Very useful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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whitebeast88

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#9 posted 429 days ago

very nice,great build.makes it even nicer with free wood!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 429 days ago

For finish…

I’m DEFINITELY not an expert, but you mentioned ‘a coat of poly.’ I suggest to you the power of three: at three coats of any finish, great stuff happens. Do a light steel wool and re-apply a couple times mote, you’ll like it.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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AngieO

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#11 posted 428 days ago

Smitty_Cabinetshop…. Thanks.. I will try that. I forgot that I had actually even picked up some steel wool for that very purpose. :)

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 428 days ago

Neat little table. Isn’t life grand when you’re workin’ in the shop? :-)

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scrollsaw

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#13 posted 428 days ago

Very nice Angie. Where did you get the plans? I would like to try to make one myself thanks.

-- Todd

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AngieO

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#14 posted 428 days ago

If you go on ana-white.com and search for “lap desk” you will find them. This is altered a little though. Legs are shorter and ther are no side storage.

And yes… Life is grand when you are working in the shop. And even more grand when you finish a project.

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scrollsaw

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#15 posted 427 days ago

Thanks Angie

-- Todd

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