Laptop Stand

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Project by CampD posted 12-05-2011 04:40 PM 2829 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My weekend project/Christmas gifts version of a Lap-top Laptop stand. My Daughter “the aspiring writer” uses her laptop while in bed and her laptop gets pretty hot sitting on her lap and the blankets, and as we know heat is not good for computers. So hence this project began. While working up my sketch it dawned on me that my wife, her sister and my sons GF all do the same,... shop,,... surf while in bed, so might as well build 4 at once and give them as Xmas gifts.

2 are made from Walnut left over from a bookcase job (all the dark areas of the boards) and the other 2, 1 cherry and 1 QS W oak are from the “Woodpile” (the cherry has some splitting that opened up after I started). This time I took the construction a little farther and all work was done by hand, dados and such. The frame is a half-lapped mittered with through pegs (walnut for the Cherry/oak and spalted beech for the walnut) and the legs are blind dadoed in.

I wanted this to be as open and airy as possible while still being stable while their in bed and on their laps.

-- Doug...

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 05:06 PM

Forgot to add, Finish is 1 coat of Danish oil.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 05:08 PM

Those are beautiful, and your family will be thrilled with them. Good job!


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#3 posted 12-05-2011 05:31 PM

Neat build. Cool design. Very functional !

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 08:13 PM

In pic’s #2 & 4 you can notice this years “Rescued from the woodpile” rescue cut-up and drying.
Cherry crotch, Cherry Burl, some nice ash cut in to slabs and some really nice spalted beech that I left 2’ long.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 03:12 AM

Nice. They will save your computer and are way better than anything you can buy.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 05:45 AM

these are very nice looking.

The ones I built have longer legs to fit over your legs without having the weight on the legs themselves, but that’s personal preference I guess. I just like being able to move my legs without moving the laptop desk.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 03:36 PM

I did weigh-in that fact of designing longer legs and still might make one like that.
My reasoning for the shorter version for now was that both my wife and daughter sit beside the bed with the laptop on the bed (yes they both have desks) and one with longer legs would have been to high for that.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 06:41 AM

no fan ?

-- ALEX, from Texas, ( jewelry boxes)

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 05:12 PM

No, no fan, this is just to get circulation under the laptop which works just as fine.
I can see that some LT’s get real hot mainly ones with duel HD’s, which the wife’s dosen’t have.
I did take into thought that one of those smaller cool pads can fit inside if needed

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 08:01 PM

Sweet. Great design.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#11 posted 12-27-2011 02:28 AM

I have to add that the Laptop stands were are big hit and I now have orders for more.
Time to make another batch.
Hmmm down to some good pieces of Oak in the firewood pile.

-- Doug...

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