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Forum topic by RobH posted 08-10-2009 04:07 PM 1602 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2009 04:07 PM

Hey all,

I have been looking for keyboard tray options for my new office desk that I am building. I have looked at several options on slides, trays, etc., and I am not sure that I will have room to mount one.

Does anyone have any idea for self-made keyboard tray options? I really like the idea of a shop-made tray but I am a little unsure about how to go about it.

Thanks in advance,
Rob Hix

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 06:10 PM


How about something similar to the “pencil” drawer on a desk- the skinny one that pulls out right under the top. I have seen some that the “drawer” slides out and the front folds down to allow comfortable access to the keyboard and mouse.

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 07:23 PM

Rob, I use 75lb drawer slides and make the sides of the drawer 2” tall. The front I cut out so as not to get in the way. Check my last project for the computer desk that has a drawer like this.

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 07:51 PM

Thanks Tim,

That is close to what i am looking for. The only difference is that I do not want the sides on the tray. I am going to have to use my mouse on the tray also, and the sides will get in the way.


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#4 posted 08-10-2009 08:54 PM

Rob, these trays I make, are made with room for the mouse. Make sure you have about 28-29” of tray space, if you’re using a regular keyboard. If you have one of the larger, ergonomic keyboards, it needs to be a little wider.

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#5 posted 08-11-2009 02:38 AM

Yu could always put the sides down so you have rom for the slides below the top of the tray, yoiu might let teh tray roll out on rollers with a rabbet on the side or a sliding dovetail in the side of the tray.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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