DIY plans for a folding lap desk from Ana-White.com
10 feet of 1x2s Plywood for top 4 bolts, 2 1/2” length, with washers and nuts You may also need a catch or hook/eye closure to keep legs folded closed for transporting Handle if desired
2 - 1x2 @ 21” 2 - 1x2 @ 12” 2 - 1x2 @ 10 1/2” 4 - 1x2 @ 8 1/4” (top end is cut to point 45 degrees angle and bottom cut at 15 degree angle - see in plans) Top is 13 1/2” x 21”
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
First, mark the location of your bolt holes on the 1x2s that are 21" long. Drill the holes sized for your bolts. Take the 1x2 frame boards, and build your frame. The frame can be nailed and glued, screwed, pocket holed - it's your choice. The top plywood piece will really help hold everything together.
Next, build your two leg sets and drill matching holes for bolts in the tops of the legs.
NOTE: Jaime recommends mitering the bottom corner at 15 degrees too to help the table stand better when open -
And also act as a finger pull for opening the table.
Then use the bolts to attach the legs to the frame.
Glue and nail smooth plywood or other material to the top. Add a handle and personalize as desired! PS - Don't forget the pretty bow!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.