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Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:30 am
by twforeman
My co-workers were ribbing me about using two reams of paper to raise my laptop on my desk, so I decided to make a quick stand out of some 1/4" plywood. It's cheap plywood, so this is more of a proof of concept than a finished product, but I think it turned out okay.

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I drew it up quick in LibreCad. The holes are just decorative, they have no function. It's about a simple as I could make it.

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It took about 45 minutes to draw it up and then use CamBam to generate the toolpaths to mill it on my ShapeOko.

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The holes took about 15 minutes to mill and the profiles were about 20 minutes.

Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:32 am
by twforeman
Here are the DXF and two g-code files for this stand, in case you are interested. The g-code for the holes in the stand makes a roughing and finishing pass, so it takes twice as long as it should...

Material to use is 1/4" plywood (baltic birch is best.) Tooling was a 1/4" two flute router bit.

Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:28 am
by Gadgetman!
I notice that all your cross-connects are placed horisontally.

Consider adding a cross-connect in the back, or at least some sort of reinforcing at the joints, or the whole thing will one day collapse to one side, taking your laptop with it.

Looks good, though. ;-)

Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:16 am
by Nigel K Tolley
Probably easier to flip the rear lower crossbrace 90 degrees?

But yes, looks like it might fall under any sideways load. Depends how strong the glue is, I guess.

Looks great though.

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Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:45 am
by WillAdams
Agree w/ rotating the lower rear cross-bar 90 degrees --- I'd also suggest rotating the lower front cross bar 45 degrees --- that would allow it to also hide cables &c. Or one could build the structure for a drawer into either the bottom or top.

Probably best to also put a pair of diagonal cross-braces at the rear w/ a half-lap joint to hold things securely.

Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:28 pm
by twforeman
Since it is designed for just holding the laptop at the same height as the monitor next to it and not for typing on, it's strong enough. There is only vertical load, no lateral.

I agree that it should have some cross bracing to stiffen it up, but it was just a quick proof of concept.

It is, however, stiffer than you might think. :)

Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:17 pm
by wcritchie
Looks great, I shall shamelessly steal your idea sir...

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Re: Built a quick laptop stand tonight!

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:36 pm
by Tom Smith
Slick - the holes give it some visual interest, reminiscent of steel bridge, etc, construction :)