I needed a laptop stand that would me to have my monitor at the proper height, and would angle my keyboard the way that I like. I wanted it to be sturdy, and to allow space for the vents to cool properly.
Step 1: Planning
I made a prototype of what I wanted out of cardboard and assembled it to test the height and angle of the keyboard.
I also wanted to ensure that the height was not too high for my wife to use. It is good that I tested this, because while she was comfortable with the angle, the height off the desk was to much for her.
I took about an inch off the bottom of the prototype before i started actual construction.
Step 2: Tools
Assuming you already have the saw the only thing you need for this project is the particle board. I got a 2x4 sheet for $4.22, and it would be enough to make this project three times over.
I also bought a length of 1" x 1/4" molding that i plan to use to build a housing for a 4 port usb hub on the side of my laptop stand, but that is a later project.
Step 3: Measure Twice, Cut Once.
I have three cross pieces connecting the two legs, two on the bottom and one on the top.
After cutting them out i made 1 inch slots for the top and bottom, 1 inch from the back and another set of slots in the middle of the bottom.
I made matching slots in all the cross pieces.
I made it so all the faces showing on my pieces were the laminated side of the particle board, but you could make this out of any material from wood with a stain or paint to plexiglass, and it would be just as functional.
Step 4: Testing
I did end up tweaking some spots, as the front of the legs were too high and made it uncomfortable to use, but this was an easy fix.
Step 5: Future Plans
I also want to build a wrap around front with a padded wrist rest that will cover the laptop mouse pad, as I use a usb mouse when it is at my desk.
Thanks for reading.