This design gives you all the necessary functions that you want in a laptop stand: better ergonomics, light weight, portability and heat dissipation. It’ll support any laptop, and even has a keyboard storage slot. Here’s how to make it:
- 1/2″ Baltic Birch Plywood
- 1/2″ Dowel
- 1/2″ Spade Bit
Click the link below to download and print the template for creating the laptop stand supports.
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.