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How do I install a keyboard drawer on an antique desk without permanently damaging the desk?
February 23, 2007 11:24 AM   Subscribe

I have a family heirloom desk that is heavy wood (likely maple), has two drawers on the right side, and no center drawer. It is from a time long before typewriters were in common use. How do I install a keyboard drawer on an antique desk without permanently damaging the desk?

I'd like to have one of those sliding drawers for mouse/keyboard at the correct height but I can't to use screws, nails, tape, etc that might damage the desk itself. Does anyone know of a product that can accommodate this? Or is there another solution (separate keyboard tray) that might work?

Thanks.
posted by mshellenberger to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
 
There are keyboard trays that clamp.
posted by jellicle at 11:42 AM on February 23, 2007


Use a spring clamp that stretches outwards and presses against both sides of the seating area. This can provide a brace to which you can attach a sliding shelf.

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posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:44 AM on February 23, 2007


If you have enough room under the desk, the Herman Miller Scooter Stand works very well, and can often be found at a reasonable price on eBay.
posted by backupjesus at 11:45 AM on February 23, 2007


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