Lapboard Surprise (#DIY)

Nathan sits at his desk all day everyday, writing and writing.

Except he doesn’t like to sit very much, so usually he stands. When he stands, he puts his laptop on a contraption made of v8s and food storage.


Recently he began walking on the treadmill while he works sometimes, because he just really prefers movement. He isn’t running or working out or being dangerous, but he does have it on slow to walk while he types.

This seemed like an accident waiting to happen, so we talked about different ideas of how to make his laptop more stable so he can walk and type safely.

Then, the day before he left town, we inherited this lap board from his violin teacher:


We were excited, thinking it was wide enough to fit perfectly.

But alas! ‘Twas two inches too short.

So while he was out of town, I came up with a plan!

I went to Lowe’s and got some 1/2 inch plywood cut to the size we needed:


And I got some supplies from the pipe department:


And I made one stop at Hobby Lobby for a piece of Nathan-blue material, and then sent this picture to Nathan just to keep him in suspense:


Then I gathered all the materials, along with my power drill:


Then I measured and marked holes:


Then I used still bit starter things to get the hole opened up:


I do really love getting to use my drill:


I screwed in the pipe wrap-er around-ers into my piece of wood:


Then I cut holes in the fabric for the new treadmill-handle-holders:


I added some glue around the back edges to add some support where the handles will be sliding in and out:


I added some ribbon to make it classy and match the sticker on the desk:


Mrs. Wallace’s lap desk was already worn out on the bottom and needed refinishing, so it was ready to fix anyway:


I got it attached:


And it turned out well! A funny looking contraption, but it will work for what Nathan needs and be much safer than him trying to balance on v8’s and food storage:



About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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