My oldest daughter asked for a floor desk for her laptop and for writing. She does not like sitting at a desk and it actually hurts her back to sit at her desk for expended periods. But, she loves sitting on the floor Indian style. But, she doesn’t have a good, stable surface for her laptop and for writing – she writes quite a bit… Actually, a LOT!
So, she asked me to build this interesting little desk ting for her. Of course, if it involves wood, I am all over it! During a garage sale in September where she was over visiting, I had her sit in the driveway (hey, it was a busy garage sale!!) and we took a scrap board to do some rough modeling of size and height of the table. What we came up with was a surface of 36″ x 24″ with a 12″ radius cutout. this allows her to tuck the table in close to her and rest her arms on the sides. The legs will be 14″ tall so the surface will be just about 15″ off the floor.
I finally got to the project this weekend and managed to cut the board (3/4″ MDF) and will do the legs in the evening this week. the legs will fold so it is compact and can be stored when not in use. I have a batch of fir 2×4′s that I will use to make the legs. I also plan to trim the edge of the surface with 1/2″ strips of oak to protect the MDF from chipping and edge damage.
Lastly, I will coat the MDF with polyurethane to make the surface durable and keep it from chipping as well.
Here’s a couple pictures of the desk surface before and after freehand routing the 12″ radius cutout.
With the layout lines…
After the cutout with my new router… (sitting on my little box freezer)
Soon as I get the edge trim on it I will post an update – same for the legs and the finished product.
May your shop be filled with sawdust all year long,