Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-02-2011, 08:07 AM   #21
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Yes, you are all correct -- I shouldn't cut into it. It isn't too bad to have the laptop protrude; I just can't help but think how nice it would be to have it tuck in better.
<sotto voce> Al....Put the saw down.

Can you open the drawer and place a piece of wood over the drawer to hold the laptop? If it is too low (beware of neck strain!), use something like the Las Vegas Yellow Page directory (or similar size book) to raise it up to a comfy level.
__________________

__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-02-2011, 09:47 AM   #22
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Midpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 11,964
Solved your problem. You could use this absolutely everywhere, at your desk, on your bike, playing piano, grocery shopping - everywhere! You're welcome...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg connectadesk.jpg (21.7 KB, 3 views)
__________________

__________________
No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions -- expressed by somebody else. Sydney Tremayne
Retired Jun 2011 at age 57

Target AA: 60% equity funds / 35% bond funds / 5% cash
Target WR: Approx 2.5% Approx 20% SI (secure income, SS only)
Midpack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 10:10 AM   #23
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Lsbcal's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: west coast, hi there!
Posts: 5,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by gromit View Post
A quick side view sketch of what I couldn't adequately describe. Two flat pieces of wood, each at least as wide as the laptop, with drawer slider hardware connecting them. A tall piece of wood attached to the base in the back snugly slides into the large center desk hole and prevents the slide out drawer and laptop from tipping down towards your lap. No attachment to the desk is made. Oak stain would be nice, but optional. Of course, nothing is as easy as it appears, so there would probably be additional engineering required.

Attachment 13209
This or a derivative approach looks good to me. My wife had a small inadequate desk and also a large drawing board. I just clamped the drawing board to a few edges of the desk with small C clamps. She loves the extended space and room for her feet under the desk now. Clamping a test board could be a way to test an idea before launching into a more permanent solution.
__________________
Lsbcal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 04:09 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Free To Canoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cooksburg,PA
Posts: 1,738
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockyMtn View Post
If you don't use the dividers I would suggest eliminating them. That would give you the space you desire and would look much cleaner than trying to cut them back a few inches.
+1
__________________
Free to canoe
Free To Canoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 05:42 PM   #25
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196


That's nice, but not necessary, because the laptop is totally stable when overhanging the front edge of the desk.



I think I was just being OCD about having everything line up.
__________________
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 06:38 PM   #26
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
That's nice, but not necessary, because the laptop is totally stable when overhanging the front edge of the desk.
I think I was just being OCD about having everything line up.
What a relief.

I could imagine 125 years from now watching the grandkids of the "Antiques Roadshow" furniture twins telling some disappointed grandkid of Jenny: "Well, it would have been worth three billion yuan at auction if some OCD DIY'er cheapskate hadn't cut out these partitions!"
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2014, 06:13 PM   #27
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196


The new laptop sticks out even more, and I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. It works, but I think I'll remove the dividers.

This isn't an antique desk, and I can't imagine I'll ever use without a laptop on it.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 08:30 AM   #28
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
I woke up at 4 AM with the solution: I cut out the existing dividers, then buy some nice oak-faced plywood of the same width, and built and install new dividers with a different profile. The new divider will fit in the slots on the bottom, and I'll cut spacers to install on the top (out of sight).
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 09:24 AM   #29
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 18,261
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I woke up at 4 AM with the solution: I cut out the existing dividers, then buy some nice oak-faced plywood of the same width, and built and install new dividers with a different profile. The new divider will fit in the slots on the bottom, and I'll cut spacers to install on the top (out of sight).
Quote:
Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
...
Or maybe a somewhat 'hack job' is the best approach, and then just plan on a wooden insert to cover the mess?

-ERD50
Sounds similar to my first suggestion?

SUGGESTION: If you want to put in new dividers, consider solid wood instead of plywood. Plywood is very tricky to cut w/o splintering, and you will need to face the edges anyhow. Solid will be less work.

-ERD50
__________________
ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 10:07 AM   #30
Full time employment: Posting here.
Birdie Num Nums's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 776
Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelB View Post
You could always get an external monitor, put it on top of the desk and hook up the laptop. ...
I'd first try the "inexpensive" route of getting an external wireless keyboard/mouse set, and place the laptop where I can see its screen.
__________________
Birdie Num Nums is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 11:10 AM   #31
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by Birdie Num Nums View Post
I'd first try the "inexpensive" route of getting an external wireless keyboard/mouse set, and place the laptop where I can see its screen.
The only place the screen could go is up on top of the rolltop part; that would be way too high, and I'm sure I would get neck strain.

This saw will let me cut the bottom of the dividers flush, and I could then rerashion and reinstall them.

Shark Corp 10-2440 Fine Cut Saw - Handsaws - Amazon.com
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 11:24 AM   #32
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 18,261
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
The only place the screen could go is up on top of the rolltop part; that would be way too high, and I'm sure I would get neck strain.

This saw will let me cut the bottom of the dividers flush, and I could then rerashion and reinstall them.

Shark Corp 10-2440 Fine Cut Saw - Handsaws - Amazon.com
The key for what you want to do is the 'flush cut' saw. On these, the 'kerf' (spread of the teeth) go all to one side, leaving the other side smooth - no scratching on that side. A regular saw has the teeth alternately spread out one side and then the other.

But that looks like a lot of cutting in a tight space. Are you sure cutting the bottom side only will let you remove the divider? Can you cut all the way through from front to back on seven (eight?) dividers?

-ERD50
__________________
ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 11:27 AM   #33
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
walkinwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Denver
Posts: 2,676
What about line of sight? Will you be able to see the top of your screen when you push the notebook in?
__________________
walkinwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 01:25 PM   #34
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: A little ways southwest of Chicago
Posts: 9,337
I'll fall in line with the others that have advised not to cut the dividers. But please post photos after you do and have "fixed" the desk to your liking.
__________________
Ronstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 02:51 PM   #35
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
The key for what you want to do is the 'flush cut' saw. On these, the 'kerf' (spread of the teeth) go all to one side, leaving the other side smooth - no scratching on that side. A regular saw has the teeth alternately spread out one side and then the other.
You're right, thanks. I'm attempting to cancel my Amazon order. I saw a flush cut saw at the hardware store, and thought that the one on Amazon was the same.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ERD50 View Post
But that looks like a lot of cutting in a tight space. Are you sure cutting the bottom side only will let you remove the divider? Can you cut all the way through from front to back on seven (eight?) dividers?

-ERD50
I'm going to approach this as if I were trying to saw my way through the bars of my cell with a spoon. It will require some patience.

Quote:
What about line of sight? Will you be able to see the top of your screen when you push the notebook in?
Yes, I checked that. It can go a ways back before the top is cut off from sight.

One of the things that was the final straw was that I noticed how the image shows much more contrast when it's tilted way back. You'd think that the best viewing occurs when the line from the center of the screen to your eye is normal to the plane of the screen. But it seems better if your eye is a bit below that. That discovery pushed the laptop out even further.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #36
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 366
Enjoy fine wood articles, not a wood guy hobby wise....

How are the dividers secured? In a slot? Glue, staple, nail, combo?
Remove staple, use hair dryer to loosen glue?
__________________
springnr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 05:04 PM   #37
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
target2019's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 3,705
It looks like the dividers are sitting in slots. Do they move a little? If so, I'd be tempted to pry the bottom shelf down a bit, and see if the dividers can be pulled out.
__________________
target2019 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 05:57 PM   #38
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 18,261
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
You're right, thanks. I'm attempting to cancel my Amazon order. I saw a flush cut saw at the hardware store, and thought that the one on Amazon was the same. ....
It wasn't 100% clear to me whether that one was a flush cut or not. It looks like a regular kerf, pull-saw (and people sure seem to like it, I may get one just 'because').

Seems the flush cut saws I've seen (say that 10x fast!) will have an offset handle, to accommodate space for your hand and the wood you are cutting. But maybe they rely on the flex for that?

-ERD50
__________________
ERD50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 06:08 PM   #39
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,435
Seriously, buy an oscillating tool like the Rockwell sonicrafter. It is perfect for precision cuts in awkward spaces like this. I have found literally dozens of uses for mine since I bought it.
__________________
soupcxan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2014, 08:33 PM   #40
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
Quote:
Originally Posted by target2019 View Post
It looks like the dividers are sitting in slots. Do they move a little? If so, I'd be tempted to pry the bottom shelf down a bit, and see if the dividers can be pulled out.
Good idea, but the shelf is too sturdy to be pried down.

Quote:
It wasn't 100% clear to me whether that one was a flush cut or not.
Right. I asked on Amazon and got different answers.

Quote:
Seriously, buy an oscillating tool like the Rockwell sonicrafter. It is perfect for precision cuts in awkward spaces like this. I have found literally dozens of uses for mine since I bought it.
Oh that's looks good. Tell me some of the other things you've used it for.
__________________

__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Part Time Job ended yesterday FreeAtLast Hi, I am... 8 09-22-2011 02:19 PM
Ideas for part-time work - Hilton or Marriott or such? njonge01 Other topics 7 07-30-2011 06:13 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:57 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.