Since I made the dining table area a permanent bed, I need some sort of table solution. Shirley, the previous owner, already had a solution: A drawer table!
Essentially, you use your drawer as the support for a board that forms the table top and is supported by the extended drawer.
The previous owner, Shirley Adler, had created a drawer table which worked well for her, but because the latch extended through the hole in the top of her table I couldn’t lay my laptop flat on it. I decided to make some modifications to her original design, and add another wood layer to rise above the latch, and to place a topper sheet so there were no holes for stuff to fall through..
I use the top drawer for the table support:
Extended out, there’s still enough of the drawer in the wall to support the weight of the table top:
A cutout for the drawer latch has to be cut in the underside of the table top:
The table top is held by the clasp at the rear of the drawer and supported by drawer top edge:
- Measure twice, buy once ! (you can quote me on that). As simple as this project is I nearly screwed up a few times because I didn’t take into account how far up the latch extended through the hole. Had to go back and get a different thickness of wood for the top.
- It turned out a little heavier than I wanted. If I did it again I would have hollowed out as much of the underside as I could. But, all-in-all I like the solidity that the extra wood adds.
- I used this sort of Rubber paint for the edges. I like it because it gives the surface a slight tacky feel, which should keep things from sliding off the edges. I think I’ll use the same treatment for the smaller table I am making for the convertible bed. Yep, maybe the bed will change from permanent to semi-permanent.
- $50 – 2′ x 4′ White Oak Plywood
– I had to double up to extend the thickness above the latch.
- $8.40 – 1-1/2″ Wood screws (100 qty – might as well extra)
- $15.99 Tenant Parking sign – gives the top a smooth writing surface, and some style!
- $77.95 – Jigsaw – If you’re anything like me, I have few tools, so now’s the time to stop sleeping and start buying (Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself!)
- $6.28 – Rubber Paint – Gives a slightly tacky, non-slip surface. I got white, but you can get this in different colors as well.
So, if you already have the jigsaw, the cost is around $80. You can save some money by buying fewer screws, or a smaller piece of wood.
I tend to make a few mistakes, as furniture projects are NOT my forte, so I tend to buy a little bit more than I need, just in case I mess the first one up.
Add another $74 (more or less depending on brand) in case you don’t have a jigsaw already, and you’ll now have a solid table for all your laptopping!
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