Laptop computer desk

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Project by daveintexas posted 01-22-2009 05:17 PM 2572 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a desk I built for a client that didnt have alot of space. He wanted something that would hide his paperwork and computer when company visited.
Its built out of Walnut, with a clear waterbased finish.
Nothing real complicated, but it was my first time using SOSS hinges. They are pretty neat.


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#1 posted 01-22-2009 05:22 PM

Very nice Dave.I love the way it folds into a table when your done working.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 05:23 PM

That’s a great desk, Dave!! Hope you saved some walnut lumber….......he’s gonna want a matching chair for it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 05:35 PM

“Transformer” type desk that ends up very simple when hidden! I like it and I may use these pictures to design one similar to it, if you don’t mind?

Great job!

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 05:57 PM

Very nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 06:01 PM

Dave -

Nice design and well executed!



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 06:13 PM

Hi Dave;

Very nice design and execution.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 06:14 PM

Great job Dave – LIke how it folds away, great idea.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 01-22-2009 06:19 PM

Very slick design and nicely made.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-22-2009 06:42 PM

I have to show this to my wife. I have a spot in our bedroom for one like this. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 01-22-2009 11:56 PM

Beautiful design! I love how you can’t tell it is a computer desk, when it is closed up. Is there a hole in the back for power cables?

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 12:57 AM

Dave, Great job, I like the whole thing. What a great job.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 04:18 AM

Dave, looks super,like the hidden area

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 10:29 AM

Dave, Great design and well executed. The Soss hinges installation looks first class. How did you get them so precise? Did you use a template? I always have trouble with Soss hinges but I haven’t splurged for their templates yet.

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#14 posted 01-24-2009 05:36 PM

thanks for all the nice comments.
It does have a elongated slot in the back for the wires. The client has said it works well. He can close the laptop computer and slide it in the recess and the wires dont bind.

The Soss hinge slots were done with a plunge router making the shallow passes first, then deeper passes for the hinge mechinism. I did not use a template, just marked my lines on each board edge, then routed the recess using the lines for reference. If I had lots of projects usings Soss hinges I might be inclined to make a couple of jigs, but the plunge router set up with a fence works just fine.

Thanks again.

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#15 posted 04-16-2009 05:05 AM

nice design!

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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