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I never had the opportunity to take any “shop” classes in high school – not that I would have been cool enough to actually sign up for any of them – but the Jer Bear gladly let me
play work in his workshop to whip up this lovely lap desk. The original (linked here and pinned here) is so gorgeous but way out of my price range. I knew I could whip it up if I braved Walt (the DeWalt miter saw we bought ourselves for Christmas a few years back).
For the price of 3 1x2s (since we have plenty of screws laying around the house), I was able to measure, cut, stain, sand, poly, sand, poly until I had a pretty new lap desk! Here are my measurements, er, the pieces that made up the table:
- 5 pieces at 21″
- 4 pieces at 9″
- 8 pieces at 7″
We decided these were the best measurements to be able to sit most comfortably (ie being able to cross your legs for me and giving Jer the height he needed). I played around with other stains, too, thinking I didn’t want to copy cat the original completely but after staining a bunch of little pieces from our scrap pile, it was clear the designers had chosen the best colors. Verdict?
I’m in love.
Someday I hope to be able to purchase the original as it’s made of much higher quality wood and I’m betting it will last you much longer than mine will. In the meantime, though, this one is a great runner up. :)
PS In construction, make sure to assemble the legs first!