Travel PC table for commuters

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I have been commuting to work for some years now. I prefer to work during the journey instead of having to steer the car myself. For my comfort I therefor invented this light weight collapsible table. The table has two different ends to accommodate the two different types of tables the bus company uses.
I will try to make this instructable as generic as possible, so you can make a table that matches the table in your bus/train...
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Step 1: Taking measures

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First you have to take measures of the table you need to match. I used some tinfoil from my lunch box to measure the thickness and depth of the table and to figure out, how high the edge of the table is. I folded the foil around the table edge to make an imprint.

Step 2: Constructing the table

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To make the construction drawing I drew a side view of my Mac Book 17" on a piece of paper. Then I drew the supporting structure of the table around the tin foil imprint. After some experimentation, I figured out, how long the lower support structure had to be to ensure the PC table would have the right angle.

Step 3: Cutting out the table pieces

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I used 12 mm plywood to make the pieces. I removed a lot of unnecessary wood from the structure to make the table as light as possible. The cutting was done with an electric jigsaw.

Step 4: Testing

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Testing the table turned out successful – yay!!!

Step 5: Following Instructable

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So now I can let the driver do his driving allowing me to read all the nice Instructables on my way to work...
I hope you find this instruction helpful – have fun!
Nick705873 months ago
Very clever!
inspiredwood (author)  Nick705873 months ago
Thanks Nick!
Could you help me please? I bought a Polaroid S7 pad. (I'm sort of computer ignorant).
Anyway, I want to use it to download and read books offline. I've got a nook library, didn't like the nook. I can't open up my books with the Polaroid. Do you have any experience with these devices? Thanks
You can download this free app from barns&noble called "nook for web", it uses certain web browsers for u to open & access ur nook books. Here's the link.

If you have Windows 8 here's the app specifically for that.

Download one of the apps & install. Then download ur nook books too. You should be good to go.
Armandur3 months ago
Seems like it might be kind of slippery, sideways. You could put some Sugru on the edges beneath the computer and add some texture to it to make it more grippy.
Brilliant! Now add a cup holder.
inspiredwood (author)  hyperfocused723 months ago
Lol. Excellent idea !!!
pcgirl3 months ago
Your bus has tables? We barely have enough room for our legs!!
inspiredwood (author)  pcgirl3 months ago
It's a commuter/express bus. It only has two tables in the entire bus...
And it appears you would need to take up two seats at one of those two tables to use it. Wouldn't fly, here in California, unless you're impervious to stink-eye! Very nice engineering though, gives me a few ideas for a traveling table to use in meeting rooms, thanks.
inspiredwood (author)  Spaceechik3 months ago
On the contrary, the table makes more space for the others and i only takes up one space...
LOL I've never seen a table on any bus here is Australia. Even the interstate buses only have regular seats.
Dartag3 months ago
One question: I didn't notice a mention of the "why" for creating's a laptop, so why not just use the table?
inspiredwood (author)  Dartag3 months ago
I was starting to develop some back pain because I had to lean forward to work. So the table definitely improves my working comfort. Also, I don't have to reach out with my arms to work.
Secondly we are quite a lot of people, who work in the bus and the table actually makes more space for the others. Without the table only one of two opposing people would be able to rest there PC on the table, since they is to narrow for two PCs...
Horef3 months ago
it's okay, im fat, i got no space for extra things between me and my laptop :D

ALSO IN OTHER NEWS: this is a great idea :)
Nettiemac3 months ago
This is brilliant. And you have given me an idea of how to do something similar to support my computer on the steering wheel of my bus or car when I am using it and not acutally driving anywhere. Thank you.
inspiredwood (author)  Nettiemac3 months ago
Great! I'd love to see the result, once you have made it!
64Anthonyp3 months ago
Fantastic! Well resolved item. Get it to market!
inspiredwood (author)  64Anthonyp3 months ago
Thanks. Well, I really haven't figured out, how to make it generic enough to match all kind of tables. Next time the bus company invests in a new bus, I might have to rethink the whole thing... So I thought I'll just give it away on instructables...:-)
The lower supports can slide to accommodate different sizes, secure with wing-nut, just a knee-jerk thought. Still very cool!
jrv4113 months ago
Dude, you're brilliant, thanks for sharing, wow!
vigneshr153 months ago
Cool Stuff
abog3 months ago
mr.incredible3 months ago
Very inventive and awesome.
inspiredwood (author)  mr.incredible3 months ago
Thank you mr. incredible :-)

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