Category: Trays and Tables

Lap Desk

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To provide a writing or work surface for individuals using a wheelchair or who are unable to use a desk for long periods. Included in a chapter entitled "Living Room & Leisure Activities," this article provides detailed instructions with illustrations for making a lap desk from Luan plywood. A prototype of the desk is cut out of corrugated cardboard to determine the proper dimensions for the chair with which the lap desk will be used. When complete, the desk can be painted or decorated as desired. A thin coat of silicone tub and tile sealant spread on the underside of the desk where it rests on the chair arms reduces sliding. MATERIALS: Large piece of corrugated cardboard, newspaper with pattern drawn on it, a quarter-inch thick piece of Luan (smooth-surfaced) plywood, approximately 20 x 32 inches (depending on depth of chair), silicone bathtub and tile sealant, and paint, stain, or polyurethane. TOOLS: Scissors, pencil, jigsaw, and sandpaper. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry. TITLE: Lap Desk. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p. 57-58. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.


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