Build this beautiful and functional DIY Folding Lap Desk out of a single board!
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- Tape Measure
- Carpenter’s Square
- Cordless Drill/Driver with Spade or Forstner Bit
- Table Saw
- Circular Saw or Chop Saw
- Jig Saw
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Biscuit Joiner (optional)
- Parallel Bar Clamps
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- Dust Mask
- (2) @ 7 1/4 inches x 21 inches (top)
- (2) @ 1 1/2 inches x 21 inches (long aprons)
- (2) @ 1 1/2 inches x 13 inches (short aprons)
- (4) @ 1 1/2 inches x 8 1/4 inches (legs)
- (2) @ 1 1/2 inches x 11 1/2 inches (stretchers)
*If you’d like to use standard dimensional lumber instead of cutting the parts out of a single board, the cut list is as follows:
- (2) 1 x 8 @ 21 inches (top)
- (2) 1 x 2 @ 21 inches (long aprons)
- (2) 1 x 2 @ 13 inches (short aprons)
- (4) 1 x 2 @ 8 1/4 inches (legs)
- (2) 1 x 2 @ 11 1/2 inches (stretchers)
STEP 1 – BUILD THE TOP
Measure, mark, and cut the two top pieces out of the board, according to the cut layout. Edge-join the two boards together using wood glue. Clamp and let dry. Use biscuits for alignment, if desired.
STEP 2 – ADD THE APRONS
Measure, mark, and cut apron pieces according to the cut layout. Use a jigsaw to cut the curve for the handles on the short aprons. Drill 3/4-inch pocket holes into the aprons and attach them to the top board with 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue.
STEP 3 – CUT THE LEGS
Measure, mark, and cut the leg parts according to the cut layout. Notice that there is a slight 15º angle at the bottoms of the legs and the tops are rounded over. Drill a hole at the top for the connecting bolts in the next step. Drill 3/4-inch pocket holes into the stretchers and attach them to the legs with 1 1/4-inch pocket screws and wood glue. Place the stretchers 2 inches from the bottom.
STEP 4 – ATTACH THE LEGS
Using the spade or forstner bit, drill holes into the long aprons for the connecting caps. Attach the legs with the connecting bolts and caps, ensuring that the legs will swing open and closed freely. Do not overtighten so that the legs easily fold in.
Sand, stain and/or paint, and finish as desired.