Computer desk with pull out desk for keyboard
One piece 1x6 wood (6 feet was plenty for me)
1 1/2 inch finishing nails
5/8 inch drill bit
Primer, paint, polyurethane and brush
First, disassemble desk as much as possible. I didn't remove the tracts from the keyboard drawer but did take the drawer out of the desk as well as removing the lower shelf. It makes it easier to measure, glue and hammer.
Convert the keyboard area into a drawer
Measure front and back of existing base of the drawer and cut two pieces of wood (it can be any height as long as it will still slide under the desk top).
|Nailing the front into the already secured side pieces.|
|Clamp the wood while you drill and hammer and to help the glue stick.|
|The new and improved drawer. Load scissors, thread, pins...whatever you want to keep together.|
Replace the drawer into the desk once painted.
Add sides to lower shelf
If you have a lower shelf, add a piece of wood to the front by measuring the width, cutting a piece of wood and securing it with wood glue after drilling holes for the nails.
|The new and improved shelf. Load with fabric and supplies.|
Use a primer that specifically states use on laminates, such as Bullseye Primer then you won't have to sand (unless of course you like to sand). Paint and once all layers are dry, seal with a coat or two of polyurethane to make the paint job more durable. No one likes nicks of paint missing after all that hard work.
|Loading up the drawer with supplies!|
Reassemble and sew away! Enjoy!