I'm using my MacBook Pro intensively. The temperature rises very fast while compiling programs or editing videos. To improve the air circulation and the heat transportation I usually put a book under on edge. But I need a smaller and more transportable solution. Therefore I built this notebook stand with a simple wooden staff and some sealing rings.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
- A wooden staff. The diameter determents the height of the air gap
- 3 sealing rings made of rubber. The diameter should be a little bit smaller than the diameter of the staff. You can use rubber bands as well. In this case it's easier to fit the right size (Thanks to MikeNykoruk and others for this idea)
- A saw to shorten the wooden staff and the make small grooves for the rings
- Some sort of measuring device (carpenter's rule)
- Pencil for markings
- Piece of sandpaper
Step 2: Sawing and Grinding
First cut the staff and make it a little bit shorter than the width of your notebook. Use the saw to engrave three grooves for the sealing rings (~1mm depth). Cut one groove directly in the middle and one on each side of the staff, with a little margin to the edges. Tip: Use the saw parallel to your working bench and slightly roll the staff.
Use the sandpaper to grind the edges of the wooden staff and to widen the grooves a little bit. Now you can put the rings over the staff a place each in one groove.
Step 3: Done
Your stand is finished. Now you can place it under the your notebook. It fits perfectly in my notebook bag.