Laptop Desk: Episode 6

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Once the apron skirt is glued and screwed in place, the tabletop can be cut to shape and chamfered to give a sleeker appearance. Then, using a combination of screws and turn buttons, the anchor points can be established to fix the tabletop to the leg frame.

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  1. jurgen01 on 2 August 2017 at 5:15 pm

    A beautiful desk. Well done!

  2. rafi on 2 August 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Am I the only one that wanted to reach over and pluck out the sliver of wood at the bottom of the left dovetail on the apron? 😀

    • philvogt on 2 August 2017 at 10:04 pm

      No, you’re not. 😋

    • rwe2156 on 2 August 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Be sure to leave 1/8″ space between buttons and rail for top expansion

      • foz68 on 3 August 2017 at 9:56 am

        Thanks for answering the question that was in my mind.

        I knew that the buttons shouldn’t be pushed up hard against the tail, as this would only allow for contraction and not expansion, but I did not know how much of a gap.



      • noho on 6 August 2017 at 6:22 pm

        thanks, was wondering the same !

      • jasonwb on 1 September 2017 at 11:17 pm

        If you notice, Paul pushes each turn button against the top rail. He must not be worried about it. I wonder why.

        • Michael Ostrander on 6 December 2017 at 4:17 am

          Looks like he built this in August. I’m assuming the weather is similar in that August is warmer and more humid than winter.

          If that’s the case you are only worried about contraction in the drier winter months. Also the wood will,continue to dry over time.

          That said, I’d still leave a 16th or so just as a hedge for further expansion over the rest of the summer.

  3. Matt Kollar on 31 August 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Is there any reason to NOT use turn buttons all the way around? I think I would prefer that if I was building it for myself.

    • Izzy Berger on 14 January 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Matt,

      Pauls says turn buttons will work fine, go for it.

      Kind Regards,

  4. mxbroome1 on 6 September 2017 at 2:32 am

    Why the glued on strip rather than morticing slots for the turnbuttons like we have on other aprons? Did I miss an explanation somewhere?

    • Izzy Berger on 14 January 2019 at 3:12 pm


      It was just to offer an alternative to the other methods we’ve used.

      Kind Regards,

  5. Jarno Mattila on 11 January 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Hello, I was wondering would you do the chamfering of a tabletop the same way If it was a round tabletop?

    • Izzy Berger on 14 January 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Jarno,

      Yes just the same, except you will have to work with the grain direction more.

      Kind Regards,

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