PC/Notebook Red Oak Lap Table

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Project by rmora76393 posted 07-18-2008 04:50 AM 4110 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you have ever used a notebook computer you know what a juggling act it can be, not to mention the heat that comes out of the bottom of the laptop. Rather then continuing to burn my lap, here is my solution to I came up with … these are photo’s (sorry for the blurry pic’s) of the lap table I made.
I not only cut the tops of the legs at an 11 degree angle for comfortability but the 3/4” spacers between the legs are at an angle as well, so the piece would flow together. Originally I was going to staple the legs to the 1×2’s on the bottom of the top, but “3fingerpat” (also a member of this wonderful site) suggested that I cut a 1/2” dado into the top and bottom of the 1×2’s, again so the piece would flow. Note the 1/2” x 3/4” spacers were all hand made, I choose Red Oak because of the beautiful finish it has, I applied Helmsman’s Polyurathane Clear finish to complete the project

Hope you like it & thanks for looking …
San Diego, Ca

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#1 posted 07-18-2008 05:04 AM

Great solution. They sure can heat up and get very uncomfortable. I need something similar for my car. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-18-2008 05:05 AM

Very Nice!


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#3 posted 07-18-2008 06:05 AM

Bob this looks nice. I like the functionality and unique appearance the angle gives.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-18-2008 06:11 AM

Good idea!

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#5 posted 07-18-2008 08:40 AM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 07-18-2008 11:50 AM

Nicely done. I’ve been thinking of making something like that, but I don’t have much room between me and the arm rests of my chair.

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#7 posted 07-18-2008 03:03 PM

I’d be proud to have such a nice laptop desk like this. Nice work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-18-2008 03:54 PM


This is a great idea.

Nice work.


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#9 posted 07-19-2008 04:25 AM

Great idea Bro, times are changing….everyone who needs mobility and connectivity 24/7 needs a laptop and your design and insight gives us what we need, a way to sit up in bed or the arm chair and check for orders…after the coffee/aspirin is on :) It could also serve a dual purpose as a breakfast in bed sort of thing on the fly…for your best babe :) Yea.. I am a dog :)

I feel this is right on….with our times…

Be Well…

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#10 posted 07-19-2008 08:45 PM

Nice idea and great project.

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#11 posted 07-24-2008 10:14 PM

Where’s the cup holder? :) I think tray idea is a great idea. Nice work. I may try to design something similar for my recliner. Very slick and functional. Great for a laptop or reading a woodworking mag.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#12 posted 07-26-2008 05:27 AM

Nice work. Any chance you can post or email the dimensions of the piece.


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#13 posted 08-05-2008 07:48 PM

Bob this looks nice.Great work!

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