Ana White Lap Desk

You know... it's been a crazy few months. All of April I was asking myself "where did March go?". And now I feel like I'm asking myself "where did April go?" as well. I've been working like a crazy person until about a week ago. I've seen my colleagues about 10 times more than my husband, and I've started getting texts and facebook messages from my friends saying, "are you still alive?". Last weekend, I literally slept for 2 straight days... my first real weekend off in about 2 months. It was glorious. This last week I only worked 45 hours. It felt like a vacation. What to do with all of this extra time?! I don't want to make it sound like I'm whining or complaining about work... I absolutely love my job. So much that it's been my entire life since my husband and I got back from our vacation back in February. I've just been... tired. Too tired to build. I woke up on Saturday morning so excited to get into the garage and build something... anything. I've had materials for about 3 projects ready to go, I just need to build them. But, I derailed from my building plans to build this lap desk for my best friend, Brina, for her birthday. (You may remember the side tables I built for her a while back.) She's going to nursing school and also carrying 2 jobs... that girl is superwoman. What I love about this design is all of the extra storage inside of the desk. Room for her to keep her extra papers and highlighters both inside the top and also in the side compartments. I modified Ana's design a little bit to use my Kreg Jig and get tighter joints and have less holes to fill. (It's so cute seeing Ana's plans pre-Jig and see how far she's come!) For example, I assembled the sides as entire pieces and then attached them to the center box rather than screwing all of the pieces into the center individually. The best part about this desk? It cost me $0. That's right. Awesome birthday present that she loved for $0. I had the extra set of hinges from another project and used all wood scraps. I also have a collection of spray paint colors that I bought because I really like them, not necessarily because I have a project in mind for them. (The paint color is "hot pink" spray paint by Valspar that I purchased at Lowes. It has 2 coats of paint with a layer of Killz Odorless Spray Primer underneath.) While I felt a little rusty having not built anything for about 2 months, I started building at about 10AM and left my house with the desk in hand at about 5:15. Not too shabby to build and finish the entire piece, huh? For the full project plan, here is the link on Ana's site.

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