Wow, thanks that's what I'm looking for! I'm going to order one!
I'm taking night classes at our local college (statistics and math), so I'm heavily using a laptop. I'm 35 and married, and find the best place for me to study is in our living room in front of our wood burning fireplace we heat the house with which doesn't have a TV. But, I found out quickly trying to use a touchpad doing Excel is horrible. I end up putting the laptop on the coffee table that's knee high with a mouse attached while reading my book on my lap, with my paper on the cushion next to me and I'm forever having the book fall off my lap or close on me while I try to type or take notes and I like to be able to move, and my pen is forever lost somewhere usually in the crack of the couch. That's the main reason I want it, but also when I'm studying I do like to eat there as well. That pop-up hinge is the perfect answer, it's not as robust as the one I originally saw but will be just fine for what I want.
It's too bad that coffee table Cabinetman posted wasn't actually sold that's exactly what I'm looking for, including style and size. In particular we want it to have a wainescoating or vertical shiplap look, and I see it on the side of that table. I've always wanted to build my own piece of furniture, maybe I'll have a go at it. Our neighbor works in a high quality furniture company and he gives me the tons of scraps from his company to burn (unfinished & unstained) I've learned a lot about making furniture by seeing the broken & defect pieces in the scraps, I'm just concerned that, with furniture you need perfect accuracy and I'm not experienced with it. Maybe it's time I get a book. Thanks all!
Last edited by Piedmont; 02-12-2008 at 10:20 AM.