Introduction: Cheap/Quick/Dirty Standing Reading Desk

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Though I am an avid reader, I never read at home because either the lure of Netflix is too strong to resist or I grow sleepier and sleepier by the word. Normally this isn't an issue as I go every afternoon to a coffee shop to indulge my habit, but after being trapped in my apartment for a few days by recent winter storms I resolved to develop the ability. Though I knew it wouldn't help with my television addiction, I thought standing to read might help with the tiredness. So, I decided to build this so that I could read standing up and hands free.

Parts List:
(1) clipboard - I had this laying around
(1) stainless steel door hook - dollar store
(2) 3/4" square dowels - Lowe's
      -the bottom slot on the door hook was 3/4" that's why I selected that size dowel
(2) M4-10.7X60 bolts - Lowe's
      -these were the widest M4 bolts I could find and a just a mm or 2 wider than 3 widths of the dowel
(3) M4 wing nuts - Lowe's
      -I chose these so that the desk would be easily disassembled
(2) #10X1-1/4" wood screws - Lowe's
(4) #10X3/4" wood screws - Lowe's
(1) champagne cork - saved from New Year's celebration

All of these parts were chosen to be as inexpensive as possible (I had the clipboard, the dowels were only about $2.50 each, and I spent about $6 or $7 on hardware with a few bolts and several wood screws left over). Without the M4 hardware you could probably make this cheaper, but I wanted to disassemble this desk and put it under my bed when it wasn't in use.

The pictures and picture captions will take you step by step through how I made it.

Comments

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

Thank you for your Instructable

Nice job.

Rima

I listen to Audio books

foobear (author)2014-03-06

NIfty. I need one that will hold a book sideways for me so I can read while lying down.

Tex Arcana (author)2014-02-15

Of course you can: parts list, sourcing info, why you chose what you did. you can do it.

hobieguy213 (author)Tex Arcana2014-02-16

I put all of that in the picture captions. But, I will add it to the bottom write up too.

Tex Arcana (author)2014-02-15

please tell me there is more to this

hobieguy213 (author)Tex Arcana2014-02-15

Wish I could; it is not very elaborate. Less is more?

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