I’ve had my eyes on one of these BookArc laptop stands for a few years, but I always hesitate to buy products like that because laptop designs change so often and I don’t want to end up with a $50 brick in a couple of years.
Then I realized I could just make the stand out of plywood. It’s so inexpensive and easy to make that I won’t feel bad if I have to rebuild it sometime down the road. The design is a modified semi-octagon. It can be built to accommodate any laptop size, or even a tablet, or a phone.
To make the octagon shape, the miter table is set to a 22.5 degree angle. Now since the next series of cuts will go across the plywood face green, I’ve applied some tape to control tearout.
For the long segments, I’m setting a stop block 4-inches out from the blade. Depending on the width of your laptop, you may want to adjust this length so the stand is a reasonable size.
For comparison, this is what would happen if I didn’t use the tape.
To size the two side pieces, I think it looks best if you design by the golden ratio. That means the height is equal to the width divided by approximately 1.6.
I’ll set the stop block accordingly, and again use tape to control tearout. I’m refraining from providing all the measurements in the video because the dimensions of every laptop are different. If you want to make a stand like this, you can download the plans and follow the guide to design your own.
As an optional step, you can route some holes for cable management like I’m doing here at the router table.
If you think this type of plywood glue joint isn’t very strong, well look closer. If you’re familiar with plywood, you’ll know each layer has alternating grain direction.
So although every odd layer is an end-grain to end-grain joint (that’s not very strong), every even layer is a long-grain to long-grain joint; and I think it’ll hold up the weight of an average laptop just fine.
I’ll finish the stand with General Finishes Enduro-Var.
It’s a water-based product, so I pre-raise the grain with water before applying the finish.
After two coats, sanding in between, this is what it looks like.
When I’m on my computer I like to focus on one display, so I use the stand to convert my laptop into a desktop. Though it may be counterintuitive at first, when the machine is vertical like this it actually runs cooler because there’s no heat trapped at the bottom of the unit. And yes – the laptop is my only computer, I don’t like the idea of having more than one because that will be yet another thing to update and maintain.
http://toolify.ca/wp-content/uploads/0014-toolify.jpg540960Kriss/wp-content/uploads/logo/toolify_enfold_header_x96.pngKriss2015-05-08 08:00:292017-04-08 21:26:52How to Make an Adjustable Routing Template