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Make a Lap Desk

with a Wooden Top

Being a full-time blogger means that your laptop is your best friend 99% of the time. See how I made this wood top laptop desk to make my days easier and more comfortable.

After making one of these for my future mother-in-law and my fiancée, I decided to make a lap desk for myself. Using some 1/4″ plywood, foamboard, and upholstery foam, this easy wood top lap desk is a great afternoon project. This project can be customized for any size lap/laptop simply by cutting you material larger. Below is an overview of steps, I used, to make my “Glued-N-Screwed” lap desk.

  • Using a round over bit in a router, I rounded every edge of the sanded plywood in order to make it smoother and more comfortable. After sanding it again I used tack cloth to pick up any loose dust or sanding material left behind. This step will prepare you to finish the top however you’d like — stain, paint, whitewash, etc.
  • Using the plywood top as a template, cut your foamboard (3/16″ to 1/4″) to size. Then, using either as a template mark your upholstery foam (I used 2″) and then cut to size with a long razor knife.
  • To measure your fabric, simply stack the foamboard and the foam on top of your fabric and pull around allowing for about a 1″ over hang. This will give you enough material to pull taut and staple.
  • After stapling, I used Liquid Nails Ultra Quick Grip to adhere the foamboard to the plywood. Using a scrap piece of I-Beam as a weight, I “clamped” everything together for 24 hours to ensure that the two pieces were stuck together.

In just an afternoon you can make a lap desk that is both functional and practical. Being fully customizable, you can make lap desks like this one for your friends, family or loved ones.

About Frank (232 Articles)
Frank Kecseti is the twenty-something maker and mastermind behind the blog Glued-N-Screwed. As a newly-minted fiancé, he also finds himself in the middle of a DIY lifestyle filled with “Honey, I’ve got an idea!” Passionate about resurrecting old tools and repairing things around the house (that weren’t necessarily broken to begin with), he relies on a mix of instinct, curiosity and guidance from the old pros to take his projects over the top.
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