This is a tutorial to make a laptop stand that benefits both you and your laptop!
To learn all the details watch the video! If you prefer written instructions then continue to the first step below!
- Some Details and the Benefits of this Stand -
PS - You can make this stand for either a 15" or 13" laptop!
The first benefit and feature of this specific laptop stand is that it raises your laptop screen up 7", allowing for a more comfortable experience while using your laptop. This will prevent your neck from getting cramps, and just allow for overall a more comfortable view of the screen.
The second main feature and benefit is that it has an open middle to allow cooling for your laptop. This is a huge feature as the worst thing you can do to your laptop is restrict it's airflow, which will eventually cause it to overheat and burn up the processor and fans. By having this unique open middle, the laptop can draw air in from both sides of the laptop and the back. Allowing it to cool the laptop much faster and more efficiently. This will also significantly lengthen the overall lifetime of your laptop.
This stand is made completely out of cabinet grade plywood but can also be made out of a solid wood.
In the DXF file that you can download you will find designs for both 13" and 15" laptops.
And, you can make this laptop stand with either a CNC router or a scrollsaw.
So let's get started!
For material, you are going to need a half sheet of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood. (4 feet by 4 feet) You won't use the entire piece but you might want a little extra just in case.
As far as tools go here is a list of what I used, but you can always be creative and improvise if you don't have one of the listed items.
So the main tool that you will need is a CNC router or a Scrollsaw. I highly recommend using a CNC router for accuracy, but not everyone has the privilege of access to a CNC machine. So if you can't get your hands on one you can just as easily use a scrollsaw. (or bandsaw, but you will need to be able to cut out the inside holes)
If you use this method then make sure that you cut out the patterns as accurate as you can so they will fit together with as little sanding as possible.
For the little tools, you will need...
- A brad nailer with 1-inch nails (preferably 18-guage)
- Wood glue (whatever brand you want)
- Clamps (large and small)
- 90 deg square
- At least one electric sander (preferably one orbital sander and one belt sander, a large stationary belt sander also helps)
- If you have a drill press then a spindle/drum sander for it will come in handy (with 120 grit paper)
- Sand paper for the electric sanders (80 and 120 grit)
- Sand paper for hand sanding (120 grit)
- Stain (optional)
- Your choice of finish (I recommend either a Shellac or Lacquer finish)