Bed/Computer Tray

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Project by dhg posted 12-11-2010 01:08 AM 3243 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year my neighbor asked if I could make a old fashioned bed tray with a tilting top for his wife as she does a lot of legal transcribing at home with her laptop on her lap and it gets a little warm. This is what I came up with, it’s based on plans from Woodsmith Magazine circa 1990. The dark one went to the neighbor and the other one was given to my daughter for her to do homework on.

The tray has 6 tilting angle detents so you can adjust it to your liking depending on what your doing. The little side trays are stored under the top with velcro when not in use. They are made out of curly maple and the tray is veneered mahogany on the dark one and a veneer that was given to me that I can’t for the life of me remember what it is, so I’m hoping that Rustic or Tearen can help me out with the name, as that’s who I got it from. They measure approx 33” wide, 16” deep, 7” tall.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 01:15 AM

These are great. Almost too pretty to use.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 02:50 AM

Really nice to look at and very functional too. The cup-holder is really cool.

Excellent job.


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#3 posted 12-11-2010 03:00 AM

GREAT job! Love the design, wood choices, finish and your own refinements. Very practical. Going on my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 03:19 AM

Great project idea! Well done – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 07:07 AM

Hey DHG Long time no hear. Nice to see ya back at it. Love that bed tray. I agree with Russel to nice to use.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 03:22 PM

Great looking project. I love the combo!

I think this veneer was from the bundle that I brought to that first meeting in the park. Was the curly left over from the crib project?

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#7 posted 12-11-2010 05:29 PM

Very nice. Are the angle detents built into the hinges, or is there some other mechanism not visible?

-- Tom

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#8 posted 12-11-2010 05:37 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.

Rustic, I have been in the shop working on customer projects, mostly custom doors then the laundry cabinet. not a lot of time for personnel projects plus I’ve been working 12 hr days at a shop that I took a job at.

Dustin, the veneer I got from Rustic who got it from you when we came over in May ‘09. You were at a craft fair that day. Do you remember what it is? And yep, the curly is what was left over from the crib.

I forgot to mention that the tilting tray feature was not part of the plans from Woodsmith, it is my own design. Their plan was a lift off tray.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 05:41 PM

Tomw, the angle detent feature is my own design not shown. the hinges are from Rockler

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 11:52 PM

It might be tamo ash.

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 04:45 PM

Very nice. My wife would love one of these so she could correct her students work in bed.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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