Steering wheel desk

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Project by Woodfella posted 05-03-2014 07:52 PM 5862 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine is an insurance adjuster that spends a lot of time in his vehicle. He told me that twisting his body so that he could write notes, or work on his laptop next to him on the seat was hurting his back. So I came up with this desk, cut out of Baltic birch with a maple ledger that hangs on the steering wheel. It’s based on a version that I saw on the internet. You can hang it over the top or bottom of the wheel. Having a tilt steering wheel is almost a must to get it positioned so you can work comfortably.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 05-03-2014 08:23 PM

Yeah I saw a guy slowly overtake me on the freeway using one of those…...

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 08:43 PM

simple and effective, great work

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 02:35 AM

Great design. I work in my truck all day to and have the same problem. Looks like a grid solution, may have to give it a try

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 04:59 AM

Maybe that would be safer for the guys that used to pass me on Lake Shore Drive while writing on legal pads on the steering wheel! exelectrician knows the guys I’m talking about!

Looks like a great idea for someone who uses it with the shift in PARK.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 05:00 PM

Cool idea! Gonna favorite this and make one when my new shop is up. Will be useful while I wait 4 hours for the wife having her dialysis. I do crossword puzzles while I wait and I can identify with the guy who says it’s hard to get comfortable while trying to write in a parked car.

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 08:07 PM

Great Idea etc.

NOW the hard PART!

Get the )(&^%^& idiots to realize that it should only be used when PARKED!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 08-13-2015 05:53 PM

It’s not a good idea. Until you’ve had a trucker texting and easing into your lane, you don’t know the rage one can have when driving anywhere near someone on an electronic device. It’s no favor to a friend to enable him to do this. Pull over and go into a Starbucks or any one of a hundred places with free wi-fi.

-- --Dale Page

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