Laptop Stand From Plywood

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There are times that I want to work on my laptop while being in the living room rather than my office, so I wanted to make a stand that can be used while I sit on my couch and provide comfort for me and protection for my laptop.So I came up with this idea and design. Stay tuned to see how it came out.

You will need:

  • 20 mm thick plywood
  • 4 x strips of 1.0 x 5.5 x 50 cm wood (any species)
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill
  • Few 25 mm nails or brad nail gun and brad nails.
  • 30 mm pocket screws
  • 16 mm wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (220,400)
  • Table saw or Radial arm saw
  • Chop saw (optional)
  • 4 x 40 cm drawer slides

Click on the picture below to see step by step how it's made:

Step 1: The Basic Structure

For this step you will need four pieces of plywood, two for the legs, one for the top and one more for the bottom.

The top and bottom parts are the same, 46 x 30 cm

The two legs are two pieces of 20 mm birch plywood with dimensions of 7.5 x 60 cm. On the one end cut at angle because you want the table to lean slightly forward to make easier for you to type on your laptop.

On your pocket hole jig drill four pocket holes on each leg. Assemble with the top and the bottom parts of the stand.

Step 2: Sliding Mouse Pad

Cut two strips of plywood 2.0 x 2.0 x 40 cm . Glue the first one under the table flush to the edge of the plywood top. Now glue the second one 21 cm away from the first one.

Finally screw on the two drawer slides using the 30 mm screws for each slide and cut one more piece of plywood 40 cm long and wide enough to fit between the two slides. Then attach the plywood piece on the slides. Test if it slides in and out easily and make any adjustments if necessary.

Step 3: Trim (Optional)

You can add a trim around the top of the table to make it look better. Use a chop saw or even a hand saw to cut two pieces for the front and back and two for the sides. On the drawer side make sure you cut the trim in three pieces to ensure the drawer slides in and out.

Step 4: Top and Bottom Support

Cut two more pieces of plywood 41.5 cm and drill two pocket holes on each end of them. Use some glue and pocket screws to attach them.

Your laptop stand is ready. Use the paint of your choice and enjoy using it.!

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    NebulaIX

    1 year ago

    Cool , it looks really professional

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    natalia31278

    1 year ago

    Gracias por tu respuesta dándome ánimo e ideas. Eres realmente muy bueno!!!!

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    agis68

    1 year ago

    Μπράβο φίλε μου καταπληκτική δουλειά, εχεις τίποτα σχέδια να μας δώσεις?

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    natalia31278

    1 year ago

    Me encantó! Ojalá pudiera hacerlo en mi casa con mis herramientas. Que obvio no son ésas hermosas sierras, pistola engrampadora para la que se debe disponer un compresor de aire.

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    fs woodworkingnatalia31278

    Reply 1 year ago

    I unfortunately do not speak Spanish but I understand you say about the gear required. You do not need lots of tools to build it. A table saw and a pocket hole jig are enough. As for the staples you could use a few 25mm nails.

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    DEATH794

    1 year ago

    Awesome, but be cool if you could adjust it to use while standing

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    bytes2go

    1 year ago

    Nice Job !! Probably sturdier than a cheap purchased one - I would also put carpet friendly swivel casters on the bottom..

    A list of all the pieces with final dimensions (cutting guide) would be really helpfull :) .. always nice for any woodworking project...