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Forum topic by RobH posted 1846 days ago 1109 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobH

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1846 days ago

Hey all,

I have been looking for keyboard tray options for my new office desk that I am building. I have looked at several options on slides, trays, etc., and I am not sure that I will have room to mount one.

Does anyone have any idea for self-made keyboard tray options? I really like the idea of a shop-made tray but I am a little unsure about how to go about it.

Thanks in advance,
Rob Hix

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA


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lew

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#1 posted 1846 days ago

Rob,

How about something similar to the “pencil” drawer on a desk- the skinny one that pulls out right under the top. I have seen some that the “drawer” slides out and the front folds down to allow comfortable access to the keyboard and mouse.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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tenontim

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#2 posted 1846 days ago

Rob, I use 75lb drawer slides and make the sides of the drawer 2” tall. The front I cut out so as not to get in the way. Check my last project for the computer desk that has a drawer like this.

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RobH

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#3 posted 1846 days ago

Thanks Tim,

That is close to what i am looking for. The only difference is that I do not want the sides on the tray. I am going to have to use my mouse on the tray also, and the sides will get in the way.

Rob

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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tenontim

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#4 posted 1846 days ago

Rob, these trays I make, are made with room for the mouse. Make sure you have about 28-29” of tray space, if you’re using a regular keyboard. If you have one of the larger, ergonomic keyboards, it needs to be a little wider.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1845 days ago

Yu could always put the sides down so you have rom for the slides below the top of the tray, yoiu might let teh tray roll out on rollers with a rabbet on the side or a sliding dovetail in the side of the tray.

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