Keyboard Tray Raising

Long ago and far away, I moved the keyboards off our desk surfaces to a more convenient location on a tray under the middle drawer. Mary’s desk recently gained a somewhat thinner keyboard with a thumbwheel volume control, so she wanted the tray moved up:

Keyboard Tray Relocation - in place
Keyboard Tray Relocation – in place

The supports on either side started out as 2×4 lumber with a slot cut (using the radial arm saw I no longer have) for the aluminum sheet:

Keyboard Tray Relocation - support view
Keyboard Tray Relocation – support view

For the record, a pair of screws hold each support to the drawer:

Keyboard Tray Relocation - support screw
Keyboard Tray Relocation – support screw

Not elegant. Works fine. Good enough!

Tiny Bandsaw™ wasn’t designed for ripsawing lumber, but the same Proxxon 10/14 TPI blade I use for aluminum worked better than I expected to lop a 1-¼ inch strip from the wood slats:

Keyboard Tray Relocation - bandsaw fixture
Keyboard Tray Relocation – bandsaw fixture

That’s a reenactment based on a true story. The wood scraps clamped on the bandsaw table leave enough clearance for the 2×4 slide to freely, yet not enough for the blade to wander off track.

You can tell how long ago I built the original trays: nary a trace of 3D printing!

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