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Friday, October 7, 2011

Breakfast-in-bed tray...or a laptop-in-bed tray


I got an email from Daniel Pozzobon in Brazil a while ago. He asked if I could build a small table on which he can use his notebook computer in bed. He says his town get very cold in the winter and he likes to stay in bed using his laptop. The problem is that it is not a good idea to use a laptop on the blankets; it can cause overheating.

Really this is just a breakfast-in-bed tray. Eating meals in bed is not something that has ever thrilled me, but the idea of a laptop tray is appealing. So maybe it should just be simply called a bed tray.

13 comments:

  1. Great job Steve. I think your bed tray came out excellent! When I want to use my computer in bed I do it a bit differently. OK I do it a LOT differently think 28" screen and a cordless keyboard and mouse. Oh yeah I have surround sound too, big, big, BIG speakers! Heh.

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  2. Well Paul, now I'm sure...YOU SUCK!!!

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  3. Very Nice Steve!!! ..I like it... just a little FYI, Dowels also come in Oak.. I was building an oak project a few months back and when i went to Lowe's to pick up a few dowels, I noticed they had 3 different species in stock...one of them being oak... so it worked out great since the rest of the project was oak.

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  4. Nice job steve, I have to agree with you on the eating in bed vs the table, Mentally the table is the logical choice for me.

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  5. It would be great for those little "coffin homes" in places like Hong Kong where you don't have any choice but to eat in bed. ;)

    Seriously, that came out great.

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  6. Looks great Steve! You made splines look easy.

    In the first shot of you using the jig,I was a little uncomfortable watching. It looked like your left hand was getting a little too close to the blade, especially since you where pushing towards the blade. (Not that I don't do the same thing sometimes)

    I wonder if a better way to make the jig would be to attach it to a piece of plywood with a runner that slides in your right side miter slot -- like half of your miter jig. Of course you would have to come up with a way to shift the jig for each spline

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  7. Hi Steve, I am big fan. I only recently started with woodworking. I love it! I am in IT and also decided on a tray a while back. Have a look at the design. I recently did the SketchUp design but build the tray a year ago.

    (http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=e9ee3ff2e4f26a4ebafad920e3101a02)


    Regards
    Jaco

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  8. This is a great project i just made a table for me to sit at in my bean bag chair that is very similar.

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  9. Steve, please explain the picture of the "Hoff" on the wall!!! Really? lol

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  10. Silly... you should have measured your wife, too... :)

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  11. Nice bed tray Steve. Keep watching you

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