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How to Make a Herringbone Laptop Tray

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With my garage workshop makeover, I’ve been wanting to create a workspace that allows me to bring a computer in. I do a ton of video and pictures for blog posts, and it sucks having to run downstairs to my office to upload those pics and videos in the middle of projects.
Before, there was no way I could even think of bringing a laptop into this area!
I decided to not just clean my workbench, but to make a DIY laptop tray in a fun herringbone pattern using pallets and scrap wood.
The laptop tray keeps my new computer off of the bench where it could come in contact with a lot of debris and paint or stain spills!
  • how to make a herringbone laptop tray, how to
I used my empire square to mark each board into 7″ pieces to use for the herringbone pattern. I could get two 7″ pieces from each board.
  • how to make a herringbone laptop tray, how to
It’s really easy to create this pattern, just by staggering them at right angles!
Once I got the fit just right, I used wood glue to secure the pieces.
  • how to make a herringbone laptop tray, how to
Anyhow, the smaller pieces needed to be specially cut to get them to fit. You can use a miter saw or a jigsaw.
  • how to make a herringbone laptop tray, how to
I used my power drill to screw in the legs in the pocket holes..
  • how to make a herringbone laptop tray, how to
AFTER!
Now, it will be up high and out of harm’s way, while still allowing me to be productive in one workspace instead of being spread out over the house.
I’m thinking of making another one for the bedroom, but with “good” wood.
Not bad for scrap wood that didn’t cost me a dime, right??
To know the step by step procedure on how I did this, just head over to my blog. Hope to see you there. Oh, Don't forget to leave a comment. I would like to hear your thoughts on this project.

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  • Jill Smith
    Jill Smith New York, NY

    I want one of these for my kitchen!

  • Lorraine Aha

    I'd love to you stain it with vinegar/steel wool stain!!

    • Melissa Venable
      Melissa Venable Fyffe, AL

      It really depends on the wood. I've made my own vinegar & steel wool stain, adding coffee grounds to the mix. I love it!

  • Stephen Scott Johnson
    Stephen Scott Johnson Sharpsburg, GA

    Love the herringbone arrangement. Great job!

  • Pati
    Pati Kempner, TX

    Very cool!!!! I have a ton of scrap wood from rebuilding my house after a fire - this gives me ideas!!

  • Liz
    Liz Rocky Mount, NC

    Don't forget to incorporate a heat resistant slip free pad on top of this stand.

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