DIY Tech Tablet Stand

6 years ago

I am constantly using my iPad in the kitchen. Sometimes I follow a recipe on it, and sometimes I watch a movie when I probably should be paying closer attention to my recipe. :)

I needed something durable to hold my iPad, but I didn't want to splurge on a case. I also wanted it to be functional for different sizes of devices too. Sometimes I use my daughter's Kindle Fire, and sometimes I just use my phone.

Ready to see what I came up with?

All of the supplies are from Lowe's.  Here's what you need for this project:

Two casing blocks.

These actually come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. I went with a 3 1/2 inch star, and a medium plinth block which is 3 1/2 x 6 inches. The star block you can substitute for a different size or design. You need a plinth block because it already has grooves. The star casing block sells for $3.97, and the plinth block sells for $3.10.

You also need wood glue, and a finish like a wood stain or paint.

I am using the Minwax Ebony finish stain, and Elmer's wood glue. These both also sell at Lowe's- $4.59 for the stain, and $1.98 for the glue. If you already have leftover house paint, or spray paint, those would also work for this project.

The first thing you need to do is glue the two blocks together. The star needs to face away from the  grooves.

Let it dry for 24 hours.

After the glue is dry, stain away! The Ebony stain is one of my favorites. Look how dark it is after just one coat!

Let the stain dry for 24-48 hours, and your are done! Here's how it looks:

The cool thing about the plinth block is it has two grooves, so you can change the position of your iPad or tablet. If you look below you will see how you can adjust the angle.

Here's a tip: Don't be tempted to cut of the additional wood in the back. You need it to balance the stand. Another idea is to drill a hole in the middle of the back to hold a stylus if you have one.

And here's how it looks from the back:

Love that star!

Here's the cost breakdown:

If you already have glue and stain or paint, this project costs just $7.07.

If you need to purchase stain and glue the total is $3.64.

Not bad for a stand for your favorite tech toy! And of course you have plenty of stain and glue to make several of these, or save it for another project.


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