Oh, I'm not responsible if you royally screw this up. You are!
Step 1: Step 1: Materials
1x 48"x1"x1/8" Aluminum Stock $8
1x Carpet No-slip Adhesive Pads $8
I'm sure you can shop around and find the no-slip pads for a lot cheaper. I thought $8 was a rip off since I only needed a 2"x7" strip. If you can find something cheaper, go with it. It it's not adhesive, use some superglue or spray adhesive from 3M and it should work just fine.
Now onto the fun stuff!
Step 2: Step 2: We Need a Bender!
2x 18" sections
2x 6" sections
Mark a dot at 7 inches on the 18 inch piece, and make another mark at 13 inches. These will be the bend points. The seven inch length will the side the computer sits on and the six inch side will be the base. The two six inch sections will be the cross bars.
Start bending the 18 inch section. You will have to eyeball it most of the time taking measurements as you go. I wanted the rear of the computer to be five inches above the desk and the front to be two inches above the desk. So I just bent at the two marks made earlier and once I got it in the general shape I used a tape measure to see how tall the front and back were and bents the bar accordingly. Keep repeating that process until you get the correct shape as seen below.
Step 3: Step 3: If It Looks Like a Stand and Smells Like a Stand....
All that's left to do is join everything together. You can put the cross braces anywhere, but I recommend one on top and one on bottom. I placed mine 2 5/16" from the edge just because I'm an engineer and wanted to be technical about it. All you need to do is make sure everything is square and you should be fine.
Step 4: Step 4: Strip It to Non-slip It
Grab your no-slip pad and measure cut strips the following sizes:
If it's not completely obvious, the six inch strip will go on the six inch length of aluminum (the base), and the seven inch strip will go on the seven inch length aluminum (the part the computer sits on).
Step 5: Your Computer Does What?!?!
Anyway, hope you enjoy your new laptop stand and newly found desk space.