This is my first instructable, so please ask/comment if something is wrong or not clear!
Step 1: Materials
- The runners (50cm) for the drawer: €8, $11
- The metal hooks (5cm) to mount the drawer: €4, $6
- The handle (10cm) for the drawer: €1.5, $3
- The wood (bought a piece of mdf from 0,5x60x120cm and 1 lath 1x3,5x200cm): €7.5, $10
I bought all the stuff at a DIY store. (I had the thicker lath on the photo laying around, but a didn't use it in the end.)
Step 2: Tools
Step 3: Preparing the Runners
At first i mounted the rear hooks with bolds that had the long ends on the inside of the runner, as shown on the photo's. But when i closed them i noticed that they didn't run to the end as is to be seen on the last photo of this step. So my advise is to mount them all to the outside and then use you're multitool to get rid of the useless ends.
Step 4: Sawing the Wood
The size you make your drawer is up to you ofcourse. If you have a bigger laptop you can make it another size without a problem.
After measuring and marking the mdf, use your jig saw to 'cut out' the piece you need.
As you can see on the photo's, i've cut the laths at the right size staight away. 2 times 50 cm, 1 time 26 cm and 1 time 24 cm. On the pictures you see an extra 24 cm lath, but i didn't use that in the end because of the ventilation.
The long laths have a sloping end on one side. I chose for this because of the cable management. At the other side mitered the ends so that they joined together nicely. i also did this with the front lath (26cm).
Step 5: Assemble the Drawer
After mounting the handle, it's time to mark the holes that have to be drilled for the screws that hold the runners and the holes for the nails which reinforce the connection between the sides and underside from the drawer (photo 5,6,7). I drilled the holes trough the mdf and the laths because i didn't want any of them to tear apart when hammering down the nails.
I used normal wood glue in combination with the nails to make the drawer extra strong.
After finishing the drawer itself i mounted the runners at the right way and checked if they worked all the way.
As you can see at the last photo, i've decided to mount three small pieces of wood againt the front of the drawer. This is because of the air ventilation and to be able to get your laptop out easier.
Step 6: Make It Ventilate
But to let the laptop breathe easy and to give it some extra cooling, i've decided to build in a laptopcooler that i used on my desk before (photo 3).
To mount the fans, i used two 24 cm long laths that where not used when building the drawer. To calculate the place where the fans should come i marked the end of the laptop and drilled two holes at the same distance from eachother (the distance that they are mounted from eachother on the two laths).
After mounting the fans under the drawer, i used a small drill and a fretsaw to make the hole for the usb connector and on/off switch.
Step 7: Mounting the Drawer
It might be handy to ask someone else to hold the drawer with the runners attached to them, so you can lay on your back and mark the places where the screws have to come.
After mounting the drawer and connecting my laptop, i realized that the space between the wood and laptop would be very little for a decent airflow. That's why i added 4 black caps straight at the place where the rubber caps underneath my laptop are (photo 7).
By the way, the second photo, shows that i haven't cut off the rest of the bolds that connect the runners to the metal hooks. That's because i'm not sure yet if i want to mount it a little closer the desk.
If you want to, you can ofcourse always paint the drawer, so it matches your desk. But that would ofcourse be between step 5 and 6 or 6 and 7.
Good luck, and questions/comments are always welcome!!!