Saturday Morning Workshop: Portable Laptop Computer Stand
Make this ingenious, compact laptop stand in an hour with only a jigsaw, a drill, sandpaper and $10 in materials.
An hour or less
Less than $20
IntroductionLaptop computers are unmatched for portability, but they're lacking in ergonomics. A good laptop stand helps, but they can be pricey and cumbersome, which detracts from portability. Instead, you can make your own stand that collapses down to a very portable size— and for a fraction of the cost!
- 1/2-in. spade bit
- 1/2-in. dowel
- 1/2-in. plywood
Project step-by-step (3)
Cut out the supports
Cover the work area of the plywood with masking tape. Cut out the printed template and tape it to the plywood. Trace around the template and mark the dowel hole's location with a center punch. Clamp the board to the workbench and cut out the supports with your jigsaw. A 1/8-in. blade makes it easy to cut the tight radiuses. Repeat this step to make the second support. Cut the 1/2-in. dowel to length.
Sand to size
Remove the masking tape and clamp the supports together on your workbench or in your vice. Starting with 60-grit sandpaper, sand out all of the saw marks. Sanding with the parts clamped together ensures that they'll be identical. Work your way up to 180 or 220-grit. Wrap sandpaper around a piece of leftover dowel to get into the tight radiuses.
Clamp the supports—with a sacrificial board underneath—to your workbench. Drill a hole through both supports with a 1/2-in. spade bit. Apply a finish of your choice.