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Old 19th Apr 2007, 23:41   #1
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Project: Laptop Stand

Project Laptop Stand [aka iDontCurve]

One of my friends from uni owns one of these:


And although I like the design of it, I figured it wouldn’t suit me that well because:

- It starts with a lower case 'I'
- The actual curve wouldn’t let me put much under it
- It cost £30

So I decided to build one from scratch, out of wood.

Designing It

The wood I have decided to use as ash; not the easiest of woods to work with, but it looks good, and we have a fair amount of it in the house. I set about designing it, using paper and pencil:


And SketchUp of course:


All it required was some angles, lengths and a little bit of trig

Building It

To build it I used a circular bench saw to cut the joints, and a chisel to finish them off. A fair amount of sanding happened, and then we get this:


I next sanded the whole thing down (again), and started varnishing, using 800 grit sand paper between each layer. This stand has a total of 3 layers, which had a final clean using a small piece of wire wool to remove any roughness.

I’m afraid I didn’t take any more in progress pictures, but I did make up for it with a lot of finishing pictures

Photographing It

First off, my photographing area:

Dinning room table + brothers two art boards (2xA2 - One black, one blue, I used their reverse sides)

Some shots of the stand on its own:



One of the joints:


And how I am stopping the laptop sliding off:


And one of the feet in the recess:


Some shots of the stand with laptop:




Questions and comments are welcome as always
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Old 19th Apr 2007, 23:46   #2
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Wow, thats slick looking! Very nice job, I especially love the dimples for the feet.
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 00:12   #3
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Its very nice and well put together.

I have a quick question though. What do you use it for? Surely with it raised like that it becomes hard/impossible to use.
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 00:46   #4
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ah, no

the aim of this is to use a normal keyboard (and mouse) with it. the desk i have at uni doesnt have enough space to use a normal keyboard as well as the laptop, and although i like the laptop keyboard, for gaming it sucks, it cant press more that 3 keys at the same time.
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 00:48   #5
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I love it. Looks great. Just a question, but do you see any problems with the dimples and other laptops? What made you go with the dimples. Would pegs not have been more futureproof?
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 01:07   #6
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it looks great. the first thing i thought when i saw it though was: "it needs LED's under it"
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If the sliding became a problem with other laptops, he could just buy small rubbery friction-pads. They work to keep my alu laptop-stand (which isn't as neat as this one) in position.
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 05:59   #8
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very nice. how much weight do you think it could hold?

nice background by the way. artist?
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Old 20th Apr 2007, 09:30   #9
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thanks everyone

@itsjustacompaq: I knew i forgot something

@Javerh: Rubber pads were my thought too, only i hope not to change laptop for quite a while

@Monkeyboy: I don't know! i would guess at around/more than 10Kg, the laptop is only 2kg though. The artist is Jolly Jack His site
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Nice wood work there! Dunno how practical those things are 'cause I don't use laptops stationary..
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