How to Build a Pull Out Keyboard Shelf

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Purchasing a computer desk and discovering it is too small to accommodate a computer keyboard is disappointing. While some desks come with a pull-out keyboard shelf, other models do not. Building a pull-out shelf, whether for a small desk or a large desk, is easy. Adding such a shelf will provide you with more work space.

How to Build a Pull Out Keyboard Shelf
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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • Paint or stain
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape or rule
  • 2 large keyboard shelf sliding tracks (at least 3 inches high)
  • Ruler
Step 1

Cut a 7-inch by 22-inch plywood piece.

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Step 2

Sand the edges and corners until smooth.

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Step 3

Paint or stain the keyboard shelf and allow it to dry overnight.

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Step 1

Separate the tracks from the base tracks. Set aside the large 3-inch parts.

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Step 2

Line up the shelf beneath the desk top. Mark where the bases of the sliding tracks should be on either side of the shelf. Install both sliding bases.

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Step 3

Secure the other sliding track components to the 7-inch ends of shelf.

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Step 4

Reattach the sliding tracks by sliding the shelf tracks into the base tracks installed beneath. This may need to be done at an angle. Once the tracks click together, pull the shelf in and out a few times. Place the keyboard on the shelf.

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