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DIY Mouse pad to cover the top of my desk

mcattack86 555 117 July 23, 2011 at 07:44 AM
Hey guys,

I'm having trouble with my computer desk -- it's one of those you-build-it L-shaped desks from Staples and the fake-wood is starting to get bumps in it. I'm trying to use my mouse on it but I think the bumps and discolorations are throwing off the laser sensor on my mouse, making its registered movements erratic. (Logitech VX Revolution)

Is there any thin material that I can tape onto the top of my desk that will act as a mousepad? I'd like to cover a large area and would prefer to avoid the typical movable mousepad (since it's too small and prone to slipping)

Suggestions? Thanks!

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Maybe one of those desktop paper calendar things? Maybe something like this:
http://www.staples.com/Staples-20...uct_851974
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This might work. Gold's Gym Rolled Equipment Mat [walmart.com]. Looks like it's around 3x6 and a quarter inch thick.
How about replacing the mouse. A laser mouse would be more accurate than optical. Logitech's Darkfield Laser mice may be worth a look.
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Thanks, those are some creative solutions...I forgot to mention I want something that's really thin so that my desk is at a continuous height. I might have to end up looking for an extra-large mousepad and trying to duck/glue it into place. I don't care about destroying my desk...it was inexpensive
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Thanks, those are some creative solutions...I forgot to mention I want something that's really thin so that my desk is at a continuous height. I might have to end up looking for an extra-large mousepad and trying to duck/glue it into place. I don't care about destroying my desk...it was inexpensive
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You could drop $30 on a SteelPad / RatzPad, they're designed for gamers but meet all your needs.
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Tape some tyvek down. get a scrape piece from construction site.(it's a house wrap material)
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00 or 000 steel wool and lightly sand/scrub the bumps flat.

If that's not good enough, glue a square of 1/32" Formica on to the spot.
http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/s...30X096-000

That desk will fall apart before the Formica has any wear on it. You can find broken scraps for cheap at the store.
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I'd say any film of plastic will work, even wide tape or window tint, but it may help to scuff it up with steel wool, Scotchbrite, sandpaper, or even an eraser to make it translucent or non-glossy.

It seems that optical mice hate surfaces that are too bumpy, at least very dark ones, but I thought laser mice were supposed to work on virtually any kind of surface and were better than regular optical mice, which I've gotten to work even against shirts I was wearing.
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just go order a sheet of neoprene online.
whatever size you want.
thats what 90% of store bought mousepads are made of.
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/..._sku=1MTR4

cut to your desired size
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Another option could be one of those green cutting mats that they sell at craft stores - they're pretty thin and come in a variety of sizes.
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I have used a piece of paper on glass desks before to get a laser mouse to work. Depending on the mouse sometimes they needs some text or lines other times they work fine with blank. Just tape down the edges. In a pinch it works.
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contact paper with a pattern should work as well as a piece of Formica lamite
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Quote from mcattack86 View Post :
Hey guys,

I'm having trouble with my computer desk -- it's one of those you-build-it L-shaped desks from Staples and the fake-wood is starting to get bumps in it. I'm trying to use my mouse on it but I think the bumps and discolorations are throwing off the laser sensor on my mouse, making its registered movements erratic. (Logitech VX Revolution)

Is there any thin material that I can tape onto the top of my desk that will act as a mousepad? I'd like to cover a large area and would prefer to avoid the typical movable mousepad (since it's too small and prone to slipping)

Suggestions? Thanks!
I was at Staples today and ran across these desk pads:
http://www.staples.com/Artistic-K...t_SS280735

The store I was in had more sizes available. As always $25off Q's and a 20% off Q floating around.
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