We don't have TV, but we like to lay on a blanket and watch DVDs on the laptop.
This laptop stand will insure good stability and air flow.
Step 1: A Laptop, a Blanket, and A Tray
We also have a very nice and stylish looking tray, made of plywood and melamine. The designer thought it would look cool with only two raised edges (and I found it too). But the surface is very smooth and thus slippery. As a result, things slide too easily, and the tray is quite unusable, as such. (To find similar trays, see www.esprit.co.uk/, or www.cb2.com/family.aspx)
Fortunately, these two problems happened to nicely merge into a one solution.
Step 2: Additional Needed Stuff
- four small screws
- wood sticks, of quite hard kind (beech, not pine)
- epoxy glue
- saw, jigsaw (or power tool)
- sand block (or power tool)
Step 3: Back and Front
Screw the back sticks together (pre-drill) to avoid bends, and stick them together with epoxy. Clamp them together.
Carefully and precisely drill holes on the sticks. Pre-drill the tray without damaging it (this is the only tricky step).
Screw the front and back sticks to the tray.
Step 4: Sides
Mark rounded corners, and CAREFULLY saw them round.
Sand all corners.
Screw frame back to tray.