If you've built up a pile of scraps, this is the perfect project to take on. Perfect for your teen's room or even as a occasional work surface on the living room floor, this lap desk features sturdy construction and lift top storage.
24" Wide x 14" High x 14" Deep
1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
A) 1 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″ (Bottom of the top storage compartment)
B) 2 – 1×4 @ 11 1/2″ (Sides of the top storage compartment)
C) 2 – 1×4 @ 21″ (Front and Backs of the top storage compartment)
D) 4- 2×2 @ 13″ (Legs)
E) 2 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Top Trim)
F) 2 – 1×3 @ 10″ (Bottom of the Side Compartments)
G) 4 – 1×3 @ 4″ (Sides of the Side Compartments)
H) 4 – 1/4″ Plywood cut at 10″ x 4 3/4″ (Front and Back of Side Compartments)
I) 1 – 1×3 @ 11 1/2″ (Divider for the top compartment)
J) 1 – 1×3 @ 6″ (Short Divider for the top compartment)
K) 1 – 1×2 @ 24″ (Top, Back, Fixed)
L) 1 – 1×12 @ 24″ (Hinged Top)
Start by cutting all your boards. Use 2 3/4″ screws and 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Predrill and countersink all screw holes.
J (not verified)
Sun, 01/31/2010 - 19:27
We're in the process of
We're in the process of making this and I think there might be an error in the materials listing:
21" 1x12 should be 24" for the hinged top.
The other 1x12 should be a 24" 1x2 for the fixed top.
Other than that it was great! Can't wait to try more of your cool plans!
AshleeDunlap (not verified)
Mon, 12/20/2010 - 21:01
Do you have the shopping list
Do you have the shopping list for this project?! I can probably figure it out, but thought I'd ask. Thankyou for all your hard work!
Wed, 07/06/2011 - 05:05
The shopping list is located at the top of the plans.
Wed, 07/06/2011 - 05:04
INCORPORATING THE C TABLE
I would like to incorporate this desk with the C table plans on this site. I also would like to turn the table top sideways to where it is 20 inches wide vice long. The only problem is that it is only going to be 11 inches from back to the front and I don't know if that is going to be enough to pull it close enough.
here are my questions.
If I made the compartment a 20"x20", would the 1x6 still support the weight of a laptop computer and misc stuff stored in the compartment.
Would I need to shorten the height? Do I need to strengthen the base any?
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Guest (not verified)
Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:24
this is awesome i'm gonna
this is awesome i'm gonna make it
Kassi (not verified)
Sun, 05/06/2012 - 17:04
The second I saw this I thought "this would make an amazing conductor's podium" I am a band director and I have fiddled for years to create an organized space around my podium. This year I decided my only options were to pay hundreds for the custom systems (which are really cool) or make it myself. You've inspired me. I will make it myself this summer.
I will be making a few changes to your awesome plans to make this lap desk into a conductor's podium:
- taller legs (waist high)
- put the storage compartments within reach while standing
- enlarge the actual desk to hold full sized music scores
- change the configuration of the interior dividers
- small shelf under the desk top.
- Make the desk top an incline with a little band of molding to hold the music on the desk top.
Thank you SO much!
Jil (not verified)
Sat, 01/12/2013 - 12:13
Legs that fold under?
I would love to make this with legs that fold under. My hubby and I travel a lot (we just bought an rv!) and would love to be able to easily store this in a closet on the road. Any ideas? Thanks!
Ps. LOVE your blog!