Last summer my mother-in-law texted me a picture of a laptop table she saw while furniture shopping. She asked me if I would make one for her for Christmas. Since I’m such a good son in law, I told her I would love to make her a Christmas present. She went back to the store later and took measurements of the table to help me as I made plans.
I didn’t want to use soft wood for a table like this because I wasn’t sure if soft wood would hold up. A friend of mine from church hooked me up with a nice piece of oak. The board was perfect for the project, and after a few cuts on my table saw, I was ready to get to work.
- I cut everything from the board of oak (actual dimensions were ¾x12). If you don’t have access to a board like this or do not have a table saw, you could adjust the plans and use 1×12 and 1×3.
- 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws (Since I made the table out of hard wood, I used fine thread pocket hole screws.)
- Stain and polyurethane (I used Minwax golden oak stain and a semi-gloss polyurethane.)
¾ in x 12 in (or you can use a 1×12 board):
- 1@ 14×12 (or 14×11-1/4 if using a 1×12 board)
- 4 @ 4×4
1 in x 2-1/4 in (or you can use 1×3 board lumber):
- 2@ 25-1/4 in
- 2@ 4-1/2 in (or 4 in if using 1×3)
- 4@ 11-1/4 in
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Router (optional)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
I wanted this table to look good for my mother-in-law, so I rounded all the corners using a router. I did’t list this step in the plan below, but if you have a router I would definitely recommend using it for this project.
Make the bottom and top base pieces. Use fine thread pocket hole screws to attach piece together (see illustrations below). Make countersink screw holes in the locations illustrated below.
Attach top and bottom base pieces to two leg pieces using fine thread pocket hole screws (see illustration below). Before you attach the pieces, make countersink screw hole in the locations shown in illustration.
Make four angle support pieces using the illustration below.
Attach table top to base using fine thread screws.
Sand and stain. I used Minwax golden oak stain and a semi-gloss polyurethane.
I finished the laptop table in time to give it to my mother-in-law for Christmas, and she loved it. One of the things I love about DIY is making special things for special people in my life.