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!

Step 1: You Need...

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)

<p>Covey Woodworks, very nice laptop stand. Your CNC Router makes the job look very easy. Your video, photos, and instructions are easy to follow. Your suggestion to get the most out of one piece of plywood saves time and money. What do you use to fill in the holes on the edge of the plywood? I notices on your video and photos that some of your plywood had pieces missing here and there. Other than that question good luck in the plywood contest.</p>
<p>Thanks!</p><p>I actually didn't use any filler for my finished stands, I think it adds a level of character to them. But if you where to fill them I would recommend using an extra-hard wood filler <em>before</em> sanding. I like the kind of filler that you mix with water. I think the brand I use is Rock Hard, it comes in a cardboard can like container and is super hard when it dries.</p>
Thanks for the reply and the suggestion of wood filler. Good luck.
<p>man, i was just last night thinking about laptop stands.. this may be the winner.!!</p>
<p>That's so cool! Congrats on winning!</p>
<p>Great job coming up with such a functional and aesthetically-pleasing design.</p>
<p>It looks nice and the possibility to store things inside is also great. But the fact that the laptop is lifted some 10 cm will make work with the keyboard impossible :-/</p>
Yeah, as most laptop stands, it's not designed to use the internal keyboard.<br>It'll work best by using an external keyboard and mouse.<br><br>It does give a good angle if you use it on a couch or the floor though. Not sure how many people would do that, but it seemed to be pretty comfortable when testing it out!
<p>It should be easy to modify it in a way without raising keyboard access (I only work with the build-in keyboard/trackpad of my 17&quot; MacBook). Currently I just use sort of a wooden tray to place it on my lap. I made it from beech wood which obviously did not dry enough. So it did shrink (yes, this aluminium heats up quite a lot) and now there are fissures of about 2mm between some of the bars :-(</p>
<p>I really love the design of this laptop stand! It would be awesome if you could post written instructions and photos to go along with your video!! Thanks for sharing.</p>
Thanks! I'm working on writing some written instructions right now.

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Bio: Stuart Covey is an 18-year-old guy who loves to create things out anything he can get his hands on. Always trying new things, Stuart had ... More »
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