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Old 03-02-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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I bought a Garmin GPS 18 ($110) that connects to my laptop. Works great but I needed a place to set it. The first couple of times I used it I just set the laptop on the dash. Worked OK.... but just was not what I wanted. I looked around on the net and saw a Jotto Desk... Neat item but the cost ran from $189 up. So, decided to build one.

I used some exhaust tubing and a TV tray. After some cutting, drilling, welding and paint I have want I wanted for about $20. The unit is adjustable up/down and swivels so the co-pilot can use it. This is a prototype so it is probably over designed and over built :-). With the addition of 2 more pieces of tubing I could have tilt and lateral adjustment.

I have posted build photos and some doucumentation on my Yahoo Photo page. Follow the link in my signature.

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I bought a Garmin GPS 18 ($110) that connects to my laptop. Works great but I needed a place to set it. The first couple of times I used it I just set the laptop on the dash. Worked OK.... but just was not what I wanted. I looked around on the net and saw a Jotto Desk... Neat item but the cost ran from $189 up. So, decided to build one.

I used some exhaust tubing and a TV tray. After some cutting, drilling, welding and paint I have want I wanted for about $20. The unit is adjustable up/down and swivels so the co-pilot can use it. This is a prototype so it is probably over designed and over built :-). With the addition of 2 more pieces of tubing I could have tilt and lateral adjustment.

I have posted build photos and some doucumentation on my Yahoo Photo page. Follow the link in my signature.

Here are a couple of pics to get started.





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Old 03-03-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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Dale, frankly, it has a lot more style than the Jotto and you had the satisfaction of doing it. That seems like a win-win to me, Ken,'04 DSDP...
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I bought a Jotto Desk for my 2001 F350 and it is just about the coolest accessory I've ever bought. But, your handiwork looks great and it cost less than a tenth of what the Jotto desk cost me.

Nice work!
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Looks great. Does it bolt into the top of the doghouse? Did you need to put some kind of plate or large washers underneath? How stable is it? Can you use it for playing computer games as long as you don't get too distracted by whatever is on the road?
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I had a chance to test the table this passed w/e. Works great.... It is usable by either the driver or passenger just by turning it slightly. I can also be used as a computer desk when parked after I rotate the seat, again just by turning it. I have some pictures that I will upload in a day or so.

As for how it is attached. Currently I just have 4 screws holding it down. But, I suspect I will epoxy some fender washers and nuts (on the engine side) so I can remove the base plate without removving the dog house and it will be much stronger.
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