DIY Lap Desk/ Breakfast Tray

I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of staying warm and cozy in bed and eating a hot breakfast, or reading the paper, or working on the computer with a steaming cup of tea/coffee?


-       plywood of 9 mm

-       plywood of 4 mm

-       wood glue

-       nails ½’ inch

-       screw 4X5/8 flat headed

-       hammer

-       sandpaper 120 grid

-       stain of choice (in this case greywash)


Start by cutting the top of out of the plywood of 4 mm (45 cm by 30 cm). After that you continue with the 9 mm plywood to cut the short (28.5 cm by 5.5 cm) and long (45 cm by 5.5 cm) side pieces. Four legs (24 cm by 4 cm) with a 20 degrees angle. And the two middle pieces to fortify the legs (26.5 cm by 4 cm).


 Second step is to glue the top and side pieces and use finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. 


 Attach the legs with screw. If you want to make your tray a folding tray you may also drill holes at the top of the legs and use bolts to attach the legs to the frame.


 Fortify the legs with the 26.5 cm by 4 cm pieces by gluing and nailing them. Once everything is in place you may sand the edges of the tray with a sandpaper of 120 grid and stain it with the color of your choice and leave it to dry.


Viola, your tray is ready to be used!