Rug Hooking Lap Desk-this one bites

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Project by Bagtown posted 02-20-2012 03:46 AM 2650 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project for my wife.
This is made from recycled wood from a few different places. Mostly pine from the Subway restaurant that closed down next door to our cafe. They would deliver their six foot subs on a six foot long piece of 1”x6” pine. The top frame is pine trim rescued from a bathroom renovation at a customers house a couple of years ago. The walnut curved pieces were from a friends great grandmothers dining table leaf. The table had been sold years before but they never gave the purchaser the leaf to expand the table. It was in the barn for years. I put the walnut pieces in because when the pine base was first glued up, it seemed rather flimsy and weak to me, the walnut glued up in two curves like this made a huge difference in how strong it felt.
On the top of the frame is the expensive part of this project, some carpet tack. I paid 80 cents for two pieces of this. The burlap is stretched over the short (sharp!) tacks so that she can work without worrying about holding the material taut. She has thick triple layers of polar fleece she lays on top of the tacks to protect her from getting cut by the exposed tacks. I only cut myself a few times attaching these….
I used a finish nail gun to attach the base to the uprights. I don’t use the nail guns nearly enough and typically, I blew a couple of nails out the sides… So, that’s why you see the kokopelli band scrollsawn from pine, and glued on to one end, and the mouse peeking at the corner of the other end scrollsawn from spalted birch. Just cover ups to mistakes but wife likes them much better on there than not.
Finished with a couple of coats of poly.
Last two pictures are of a rug wife made last week on this frame for our first grandchild born 3 weeks ago. Also our pug Sascha had to get in the pictures. She’s very good at pulling these hooked rugs apart as well.

Thanks for looking,


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 03:54 AM

Very cool design Mike.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 03:58 AM

Dog-gone-it! Looks great! Nice job! Cute pup, nice rug! And congrats on your first Grandchild! WOW!!!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 05:49 AM

Very nice. Is that Micky mouse peeking around the grain in the back on pic 4? The kokopelli’s are cool, I did a carving of him posted here on LJ. Your dog is cool too, he reminds me of Marty Feldman. LOL

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 11:27 AM

I love scrap wood projects, they turn out so well.

Love Pugs, we had to put Max down over a year ago, he had a paralysis on his hind quarters, he was a good friend.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 06:32 PM

Nice project. Bet your wife really enjoys it. Enquiring minds (at least mine) want to know what the pug was looking at in that last shot. The poor things looks scared to death in that shot!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 09:57 PM

Thanks for the comments folks.

Xplorx4 -Max looks like he was a good friend. I still miss dogs from over the years. In the past we always had labs and huskies. Pugs are like little people.

Betsy – she was just disappointed that no one was playing with her. Pugs have such a range of expressions.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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