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Sliding Laptop Shelf

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a sliding laptop shelf.

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Watch an Overview Video

Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

1/2-inch good quality plywood
measuring tape
wood filler
large keyboard shelf sliding tracks (2)
C brackets (4)
power drill
1/4-inch wood screws

Choose a Spot for the Shelf

With a sliding shelf under a kitchen cabinet, your laptop is there when you need it, out of the way when you don’t.

Start by choosing location with easy access to electrical outlet.

To protect laptop, outlet should be surge protected.

Measure, Cut and Paint the Shelf

Measure laptop. Add at least 2 inches of width.

With jigsaw, cut shelf out of plywood.

Fill cracks or holes, and sand edges and surfaces.

To prevent warping, prime all surfaces, including back edge and bottom.

Paint shelf and let dry.

Attach the Sliding Tracks

Separate sliding tracks. Screw sliding parts of track to sides of shelf.

Screw track base to C brackets. Screw left-hand C brackets to underside of upper cabinet.

Slip shelf into base track.

Mark exact position of C brackets on underside of cabinet.

Remove shelf and screw right-hand C brackets to cabinet.

Install the Shelf

Insert shelf and make sure it slides smoothly.

Pull laptop cord behind shelf and place laptop on shelf.

Tip: If there's room, install a wider shelf for extra workspace.