How to Build Your Own Laptop Desk

The talented DIY specialist Natasha Dickens from Little Red Industries is back with another DIY project, featuring Bondall products.

Watch the how to video or read on to find out how you can recreate this very handy laptop desk – perfect for kids rooms, apartments or small homes without a full study.

While this is a cute desk, it’s not just for kids.

The hairpins are a standard height, making the desk suited to anyone in the family. And the tabletop is 800mm x 400mm, the perfect size for a laptop and notepad.

The key to the lovely finish is to apply three coats of Monocle Stain & Varnish in Grey, which provides a scratch-resistant surface while still showing the woodgrain.

 

DIY MATERIALS:

1800mm x 405mm x 18mm timber panel 

1.8m length 64mm x 19mm DAR pine 

Bondall BondCrete Adhesive 250ml

40mm bugle-head screws 

Bondall Monocel Stain & Varnish in Grey

60mm cable duct in grey

Four 700mm x 10mm hairpin legs  

20mm button-head screws

 

DIY TOOLS:

Measuring tape

Plunge saw with track

Sliding mitre saw  

60mm holesaw with arbor

Drill driver with bits

8g countersinking bit

Random orbital sander with 180-grit sanding discs

microfibre mini roller with tray

 

HOW TO:

  1. Use a measuring tape to mark up the timber panel to 800mm long and cut using a plunge saw with track.

 

  1. Use the mitre saw to cut the DAR pine for the back rail to 800mm long. Cut two side rails to about 410mm long then cut one end of each side rail at 45 degrees, trimming the pieces to be 386mm long. 

 

  1. On the timber panel, measure 72mm from the back and left-hand side to centre the 60mm holesaw, holding the drill straight to drill half way through the top then flip to complete the drilling from the other side. TIP: Position offcuts under the panel while drilling to protect your work surface.

 

  1. Set the side and back rails upside-down with the timber panel positioned flush with the sides and ends, then use a drill with the countersinking bit to prepare screw holes 10mm in from the sides. 

 

  1. Remove the timber panel to apply adhesive along the rails then reposition the top and secure with 40mm bugle-head screws.

 

  1. Sand all over with a random orbital sander and 180-grit abrasive disc, rounding over the edges slightly, working over the top corners of the rails to soften the angles and checking both sides are even.

 

  1. Wipe all over with a clean damp cloth to remove dust then apply an even coat of Monocle Stain & Varnish in Grey using a mini roller with tray and leave to dry. TIP: Pour the remainder of the varnish from the tray into the tin and cover the roller with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. 

 

  1. Apply a second and third coat of varnish, loading the roller so the end is saturated and pulling it along the joints for even application, leaving to dry thoroughly between each coat.

 

  1. When the top is dry, flip it over to attach the hairpins, positioning them flush with the edges to allow for the cable duct opening, using 20mm button-head screws to secure.

 

  1. Wipe away any dust, press the cable duct into the hole and set up the laptop!

 

And there you have it! A beautiful new laptop desk, made possible thanks to Bondall’s superior range of DIY products. If you need a hand deciding which product would best suit your next project, contact us now!