Free… FREE! Free iPad or Tablet Stand! Well… “Essentially” free, because let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or iPad stand). So let’s find how to make a simple rustic iPad stand with just the scrap wood lying around in your workshop. Because we all know, one of the greatest first world problems is tendonitis in the wrists from holding your iPad after an 8-hour marathon of Candy Crush! Don’t lie… it’s either that or Words With Friends, and you know it! Ok… Here we go!
Essentially FREE iPad or Tablet Stand Woodworking Plans
Tools Needed for this Project:
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First things first, let’s start with our shopping list. We’ll need: …..
Seriously, just… wood… As long as it’s 10.5″ x 6.5″ x 1″, you’re good to go! Recycled wood, reclaimed wood, old plywood from your pile, or, if you’re rich, old cherry or black walnut stock from your pile. They all work! Just need the minimum measurements.
Other goodies you can pull from around your shop (if you don’t have them already) are:
- 60 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood Finish. In this DIY, we just used a few coats of Miniwax Early American wood stain
- A 1-in Woodboring Spade Drill Bit
FYI, size MAY vary based on your tablet.
- An iPad or some other tablet. In this project, we are using the measurements for an iPad 2
- Lastly… AN AWESOME AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!!
Step One – Measure Twice, Cut Once
Now that we’ve got… WOOD, let’s get to the EASIEST project… ever. We’ll start with measuring and cutting our stock to the appropriate length. As mentioned above, this project was done using an iPad 2. And while the measurements of others are SIMILAR, they might not be exact. This is why we need to measure twice, cut once! Our measurements were 10.5″ x 6.5″ x 1″. In order to determine if yours are the same, lay your tablet on top of the stock you plan on cutting, and measure 0.25″ out on each side. That will give you a little wiggle room, as you can always cut off extra later, but can’t add it back!
Step Two – HOLE-y moley
This step is entirely optional, but recommended as it’s so simple. Here we’ll be hiding the power cord for your tablet, so that you can leave it on the stand while it’s charging. In order to do this, measure your stock both horizontally and vertically. Mark the middle for both, and drill a 1″ inch hole dead-smack in the middle of the stock with your spade bit. This will give you the perfect opening to line up your plug for the iPad 2.
PROTIP: The newer models MAY have smaller plugs, you you MIGHT be able to do just a 0.5″ hole instead, but you’ll need to check your tablet first.
Step Three – Flip and Cut a Recess
Once your hole is drilled, you’ll want to create a small recess for the power wire to run through so it isn’t squished on the bottom of the stand. This notch is 0.25″ wide and runs from the middle of your hole underneath, out the back of the stand. Now, there’s about twenty different ways to cut this, but I did it on my Hitachi 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw (depth stop set at half way through the wood). You can easily use a router as well, but that’s up to you. If the cut isn’t perfect, just clean it up with a hand chisel
Step Four – Cut iPad or Tablet Recess
Now you’ll start to see it coming together. The next step, you’ll likely need to use your miter saw. If anyone has any recommendations as to how to do it without it, please feel free to leave a comment! You’ll need to set the angle of your miter saw to 20 degrees. Make sure the angle of the cut is the correct way and that you aren’t cutting the wood backwards. Sounds crazy, but it’s a simple oversight to miss. As shown in the picture, you’ll be cutting the back one-third of the hole you made for the power cable. Any nicks or missed areas can be cleaned up with your chisel.
Step Five – Sand, Stain, Complete
What’s your total project time? Like 15 minutes?! Flying right by!
Surprisingly enough, we’re done! Well, done for the most part. We just need to sand, clean, stain and seal. And just like we’ve done in the past, we’ll be using 60 and 220 grit sand paper, along with Miniwax stain, and Johnson paste wax. Apply the coats as per the directions, and you’re good to go! Super quick, super easy, SUPER AWESOME!!!
Step Six – Tada! You’re done!
You did it! Not only did you make it through the entire post, but you also have something to show for it now! Now let it dry and get prepare yourself for countless hours of Candy Crush or Words With Friends WITHOUT having to hold your tablet! How great is that?!
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If you found this DIY project to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from our Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win!