Lap Desk

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Project by balidoug posted 03-04-2012 06:00 AM 3073 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my effort at the lap desk that was featured in the 9/10 2000 issue of FWW. It is a very late Christmas present for my son, but almost on time for his birthday. The article used a plywood core, but I don’t know how to veneer, so I used Mahonie Jawa. The contrasting drawer front is Suar. Joints on the box are mitred dovetails so it might just survive leaving the tropics when the boy goes off to school next year. Made by hand.

The impossible dream

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 11:13 AM

Well done. A really useful birthday present.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 12:32 PM

Better than a computer !

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 12:55 PM

I love lap desks; they are so useful. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 02:10 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 02:45 PM

Nice job! I’m sure he will get some great use out of this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 03:38 PM

What a great gift and and a beautiful piece of work.

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 04:54 AM

Lovely desk, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 04:01 PM

I wish I didn’t know how to veneer, then I could make something as nice as this in solid wood. A great looking build, rugged and nicely featured.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 05:12 PM

Very nice job! I’m building Thomas Jefferson’s laptop desk out of mahogany 1/2” plywood.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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