Category: Household, office, desk, pull out
Problem: When I work at my desk, I really need as much surface area as I can have, so I can lay stuff out for my various projects.
Action: To achieve extra surface, I used to pull the top drawer out of my desk and lay things there, however, the top surface wasn’t near the desk surface sometimes, depending on what was in the drawer. I cut some pieces of thin Luan plywood to the shape of the drawer, so they would fit inside the drawer, put it on top of supports so the drawer would close, and when I opened it the surface would be right near the desk surface and I would be able to lay items on it. At the front of this surface, I added a tab so it could be easily pulled out of its position.
Result: It works great!
Additional Thoughts: This could be kept on the top of the drawer, or taken out and stored someplace else, depending on the frequency that one used what was in the drawer. A lip could be added so that pencils would not roll off.
When idea was conceived: 9/2/11
How much time it took to develop: 2 hours
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: Available for use. Sold the desk.
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