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Lap Desk for Kids

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Prepare the Parts
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Drawing 1
Side pattern, outside
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Drawing 2
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Prepare the Parts

Let's prepare the parts
  1. From 3/4" stock planed to 1/2", cut the sides (A), back (B), front (C), and lid rest (D), where shown on Drawing 1, to the sizes listed in the Materials List.
  2. Double-face-tape the inside faces of the sides (A) together. Mark the angled top edge on the outside face of a side, where dimensioned on Drawing 2. Then bandsaw close to the line, and sand to it using a 120-grit sanding block. Separate the sides, and remove the tape.
  3. Mark centerpoints for six 3/8" counterbores on the outside faces of the sides, where dimensioned on Drawing 2. Using a 3/8" Forstner bit in your drill press, drill the counterbores 1/4" deep. (Your partner will drill the centered holes in them later when assembling the lap desk.)
  4. Edge-join stock planed to 1/2" to form an 11 1/2x15 1/2" workpiece for the lid (E). After the glue dries, crosscut and then rip the lid to the finished size of 11x14 15/16".
  5. Angle your tablesaw blade 3° from vertical. Then bevel-rip the top edges of the back (B) and front (C), the back edge of the lid rest (D), and the front edge of the lid (E), where shown on Drawings 1 and 2.

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Comments (10)
k a martin wrote:

Why do you not provide this to be down loaded by FIREFOX?

10/30/2011 05:17:09 PM Report Abuse
Robert Huenke wrote:

would lbe nice for addults to

8/27/2010 06:22:45 AM Report Abuse
tbclark7 wrote:

built one that holds a lap top, and gave it my God Daughter for a graduation present ... she loves it. Would up a pic, but do not see how to do it here. Made it from multiple type woods so she could see the different woods.

8/19/2010 07:58:04 PM Report Abuse
paulfs wrote:

To download the plan, goto the plan, click Print, scroll to the bottom of the plan and click download.

8/19/2010 12:14:37 PM Report Abuse
tlwhitley wrote:

for herbwofford, dray72710, & bmwesa try this link and got to bottom of page under the heading for Finishing the project, it will show ¿Continued on page 7: SHOP TIP

8/6/2010 07:33:53 PM Report Abuse
gothmomma wrote:

In an adult size, these will make a great laptop computer desk. Gets the screen up where I can see what I'm writing without having to bend over and tire my back.

8/6/2010 11:54:21 AM Report Abuse
woodhaug wrote:

Great idea I plan on making an adult size. Great plans right at the end of shop tip. Thanks

8/6/2010 08:11:37 AM Report Abuse
smallengineserv wrote:

Click on "SHOP TIP" go down the page - Right under "© Copyright Meredith Corporation 2004, 2010" In BLUE LETTERS it says "Click here for free down loadable plan" Click on it - it doeswork and plans a clear and easy to read.

8/5/2010 01:32:50 PM Report Abuse
cweant wrote:

Look on the "Shop Tip" page directly below the Copyright. "© Copyright Meredith Corporation 2004, 2010"

8/5/2010 10:35:36 AM Report Abuse
cweant wrote:

Did you try down loading the PDF file? It is on the last page.

8/2/2010 01:11:20 PM Report Abuse

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