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ROAD TRIP LAP DESK



Keep kids busy with this portable lap desk with storage and folding legs. Long car trips don't have to be boring when you provide kids with an activity space to call their own. Fill up the storage bin with coloring books, paper, markers and pencils and keep secure with a latch hook then when kids are ready open the top and they have everything on hand. Use the table top storage compartment to keep pens and pencils from rolling away while driving. The legs fold completely flat under the storage bin when not in use for easy transport.

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      tep 1: Construct interior frame. Attach interior dividers to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

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      Attach exterior sides to interior frame using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

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      Attach base to interior frame using wood glue and ¾” finish nails. Set aside.

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      Make legs. Attach cross support to legs using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. Make 2.

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      Attach legs to exterior long sides. Predrill holes for connecting bolts and nuts then insert and tighten using hex wrenches.

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      Be certain when legs fold down they are flush to sides:

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      Attach exterior long sides to interior frame using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

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      Attach trim to top using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. Sand well and finish as desired. Attach top to base using 2 hinges then complete with latch hook.

Comments (3)


  • What a clever project. Road trips just got WAY more fun for kiddos with this lap desk!
    By RYOBI Nation, on May 31, 2017

  • Jamie, this is really a great project, I am just about to build it out for my pumpkin. Love that it is multi funtional for both car riding or even at home. Thank you for sharing the plans. Love your work.
    By Saisara, on August 10, 2017

  • Thank you Jamie, I did create a lapdesk earlier, but these modifications really help make my munchkin happy. Is it possible to have the cut list detailed, properly since most of the left side seems to have trimmed.
    By Saisara, on April 1, 2018

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ROAD TRIP LAP DESK

by jaimecostiglio
May 18, 2017
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Keep kids busy with this portable lap desk with storage and folding legs. Long car trips don't have to be boring when you provide kids with an activity space to call their own. Fill up the storage bin with coloring books, paper, markers and pencils and keep secure with a latch hook then when kids are ready open the top and they have everything on hand. Use the table top storage compartment to keep pens and pencils from rolling away while driving. The legs fold completely flat under the storage bin when not in use for easy transport.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
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  2. Step: 2
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  3. Step: 3
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  4. Step: 4
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    tep 1: Construct interior frame. Attach interior dividers to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge a6b5b3a0 1285 4365 8dd3 632f11dcc236

    Attach exterior sides to interior frame using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 57f56650 012c 4c02 a33d b8a4f3c08c21

    Attach base to interior frame using wood glue and ¾” finish nails. Set aside.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge d55eb725 5afd 4305 b7f0 fcc07659648c

    Make legs. Attach cross support to legs using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. Make 2.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 1d6912bf 4ffe 4c1d 8d1e 853ff704620e

    Attach legs to exterior long sides. Predrill holes for connecting bolts and nuts then insert and tighten using hex wrenches.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge b7080534 a9b1 4b9e b6e9 4922f69e8d6c

    Be certain when legs fold down they are flush to sides:

  10. Step: 10
    Huge b1267962 879b 47a8 82e2 1cfb856614df

    Attach exterior long sides to interior frame using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge c4c69d84 97ed 4aa6 bd71 90a0b07b1fba

    Attach trim to top using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. Sand well and finish as desired. Attach top to base using 2 hinges then complete with latch hook.