Quick Project: Laptop Tray
I recently had to spend a few days in bed but couldn't be separated from my laptop. The solution... a laptop tray that would allow me to work and also serve as a tray for meals!
Separate me from my laptop for more than an hour and I start to get withdrawal symptoms. Spending a few days in bed might be good for my body - but it isn't good for my sanity. To allow me to work while I rest, I made a laptop tray that would ensure my laptop stayed cooled and me to work. Turns out, the laptop tray was also perfect as a meal tray.
1 of 300 x 500mm 12/16mm SupaWood - top
2 of 300 x 200mm 12/16mm Supawood - sides
6 of 4 x 40mm screws
4 steel angle braces and 12mm screws
120- and 240-grit sandpaper
Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in your choice of colour
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
25mm spade bit
OPTIONAL: Dremel MultiTool and fine sanding ring
Find all the tools and supplies for this project at Builders Warehouse.
1.To ensure your laptop stays cool it's important to add ventilated holes. To do this you need a spade bit or hole saw and I used a 25mm spade bit.
GOOD TO KNOW: When drilling holes with a spade bit, only drill to 3/4 the depth. Then turn the board over and continue drilling from the other side. This will give you holes with a neat edge on BOTH sides.
2. Assemble by pre-drilling countersunk pilot holes through the edge of the top into the sides. Attach the sides using wood glue and screws and then secure  steel braces with 12mm screws - 2 on each side about 50mm in from the edge.
3. Sand the edges and holes with 120-grit sandpaper until smooth and then apply a thin layer of wood filler. The wood filler will seal the edges to prepare for spray painting. Let the wood filler dry.
4. If you own a Dremel MultiTool, a sanding ring is perfect for sanding inside the cut holes. Alternatively, sand the wood filler with 120- and then 240-grit sandpaper.
5. Put down some newspaper to protect your work surface and the lightly spray on two coats of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. Allow the first coat to dry before spraying on the next coat.
GOOD TO KNOW: Rust-Oleum products are available at your local Builders store.
How easy was that! Now you have a lap tray that you can use when you need to work in front of the TV, or in bed, or for meals.