How to turn an old desk drawer into a pullout drawer for a keyboard and mouse

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How to turn an old desk drawer into a pullout drawer for a keyboard and mouse
You can make an old desk computer ready. (roll top desk image by Paul Moore from

If you have an old, well-worn desk that you hate to part with but that is incompatible with modern technology, there is a way to retrofit the front drawer so it can be used with a computer. The best part of modifying the existing drawer is that, when you are finished using the keyboard and mouse, the pieces tuck away neatly inside the drawer, leaving you with the desk you love, still looking the same.

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Things you need

  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Hinges
  • Hook and eye latch
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Stain

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  1. 1

    Remove the drawer and carefully saw the front of the drawer from the box portion of the drawer. Saw the two sides and along the bottom, completely removing the front portion.

  2. 2

    Sand the edges of the box part of the drawer and the back side of the front piece where it was cut away, using a medium-grit paper.

  3. 3

    Screw hinges to the bottom of the drawer box and the drawer front so the drawer front folds down towards you.

  4. 4

    Attach a hook and eye latch by screwing the hook on one side of the drawer box and screwing the eye in place on the front piece. Use your fingers to turn the screw or use a pair of pliers. Make certain that you line up the hook and eye properly, so the hook slides easily into the eye. This will hold the drawer front closed when not in use.

  5. 5

    Stain the edges of the drawer box and the back side of the front piece to match the rest of the desk.

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