The humble TV tray, staple of TV-watching households everywhere, gets a makeover for the 21st century.
This project was born when I was using my laptop while watching TV with my wife one afternoon and realized that I didn't have an easy place to stash my precious computer while I ate.
A few sketches and some research later, I had a nice little folding TV tray/portable workstation that stashes easily between a couch and the wall, or underneath (depending on how tall your furniture is.)
The dimensions for this project are basically parametric, meaning that they can be tweaked for individual needs pretty easily—I've illustrated in the photos how I went about getting the final measurements while working on the projects.
I hope you enjoy this project, it was fun to make and is an incredibly useful little piece.
Step 1: Materials & Tools, Dimensions
This project started out as three pieces of wood and some fasteners.
Poplar, 36"x7"x3/8" thick for the legs
Poplar, 72"x7"x5/8" thick for the sides and back
Birch Ply, 14"x18"x3/8" thick for the top and shelf
2x 1/4-20 Buttonhead bolts, 1.25" long
2x 1/4-20 Button Head Socket Cap bolts, 1.5" long
4x 1" fender washers
8x 1/4-20 washers
(optional) length of dowel rod, 0.5" dia.
File or Rasp
Pin Nailer or Hammer and nails