Scrap Lap Desk
If you've built up a pile of scraps, this is the perfect project to take on. Perfect for your teen's room or even as a occasional work surface on the living room floor, this lap desk features sturdy construction and lift top storage.
Start by cutting all your boards. Use 2 3/4″ screws and 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Predrill and countersink all screw holes.
A) 1 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″ (Bottom of the top storage compartment)
Nail boards B to board A, keeping outside edges flush, as shown above.
Nail boards C to boards A and B as shown above.
Screw the legs to the top storage compartment, as shown above.
The Top Trim, E, is screwed to the top storage compartment with 2″ screws (you can also use 2″ nails). Make sure you also screw through the legs into the end edges of the Top Trim, E.
The easiest way to construct the side storage compartments is to first nail boards F to boards G. Then nail through boards G into the legs.
Add the plywood to the backs of the side storage compartments with nails.
Then plywood the front, as shown above, again with nails and glue.
Add the dividers, I and J, to the storage compartment as shown above, using nails through the sides of the top storage compartment. You can adjust the dividers to suit your needs.
Nail the top back piece, K, to the top of the lap table, as shown above. Keep outside edges flush.
Use hinges to attach the hinged top, L, to the top back, K.