I always wanted a laptop computer so I could kick back in my easy chair, watch TV and surf the web. When I brought my first laptop home, I set it up with a wireless router and settled into my easy chair to begin surfing. It was not long before I started feeling uncomfortable, looking down at the screen, causing strain on my aged, arthritic neck and the heat generated from the laptop was not part of my laptop dream. This table is what I came up with to solve my comfort or discomfort problem. I designed it to stretch across my lap and rest on the arms of my easy chair and made it portable so it can be used anywhere.
The materials needed for this project are 3/4″ medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, wood or other stiff material of your choice, wood glue and screws.
1. Determine the dimensions of your table by measuring the distance from the arms of your chair center to center (my table measures 34″ long). The width of the table is also determined by the size of your laptop and personal preferences (mine is 10 3/4″). If you buy your material at one of the big box home improvement stores ask them to cut your material to your dimensions.
2. The legs are cut at 2 1/8″ high at the back and 7/8″ high on the front. The length of the legs are the same as the width of the table top.
3. With a sander or router round over the edges of the table and bottom side of the legs to get rid of the sharp edges.
4. Pre-drill the holes through the table top and the legs at each end.
5. Attach the legs with the wood glue and screws and allow the glue to dry 24 hours.
6. Paint, stain, polyurethane or leave your table natural, let dry overnight and the table will be done.
Tips: Use non-slip drawer liner on top of your table to prevent your from laptop from sliding around.
If you do not want to build a table like his, simply cut a piece of plywood or MDF to act as a barrier between you and the laptop.
A wireless mouse is a nice addition to your laptop.