Introduction: DIY Wooden $5 IPad Dock / Stand

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You might have seen the $5 iPad Dock (or €5 iPad Stand) on the internet (Lifehacking, Wired, TUAW, CrunchGear) and thought 'I can do that'. And of course, why not? I'll save you the trouble of finding out exactly how to make it, by giving you the exact instructions to make your own wooden iPad Stand.

After three days of testing we can confirm the wood doesn’t scratch the iPad, the iPad doesn’t fall over when you tap the screen and you can use it horizontally while charging :)

- Piece of nice wood (130 x 80 x 24 mm or 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inch if you prefer)

Tools needed:
- Saw
- Drill
- Large diameter drill bit (we use 19mm)
- Sandpaper

Step 1: Make a 130 X 80 X 24 Mm Wooden Block

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Or 5.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 inch if you prefer

Step 2: Drill a 10mm Deep Hole in the Block

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This creates a small hole for easy access to the iPad's home button. Of course you can do this last, but we found it easiest to do first.

Find the middle of the short side and mark it 17mm to the inside. This will be the center point of the small hole. Drill a hole, about 10mm deep. We use a large diameter drill bit (19mm, see picture) to create a nice, smooth hole.

Step 3: Make Two 27deg Cuts

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From the side of your block where you cut the 10mm hole, on the short side measure off 17mm and 30mm. This is where you make cuts at 27deg., the place where your beloved iPad will sit. Go 15mm deep and clean it out well.

You can do this the hard way and use a handsaw, or go the easy way and use an adjustable table saw. 

Step 4: Smoothen It Up by Sanding It Down

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Make the stand as smooth as you can by sanding down. Make sure the edges of the small hole are smooth so it won't scratch your iPad.

Step 5: You're Done!

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Congrats, you saved yourself a couple of bucks and hopefully had a good time making the iPad Stand. 


The Wovinator (author)2017-11-19

This iPad stand is a pretty cool project, thanks. I'm almost done making it but I've run into a couple problems along the way, mostly having to do with the cutting. I just have a hard time with it. Don't ask me why.

I've actually been looking into some automated cutting machines (CNC) and I came across something called the DIY Smart Saw. This review here ( of this "Smart Saw" lays everything out, and the guy claims to have put it together for less than $300. I'm curious to know what other people think about it.

GerardoFabian (author)2017-05-18

Hola, está muy lindo y prolijo, limpio, como debe ser...........

Muchas Gracias por el articulo.

kta15 made it! (author)2016-11-06

I made mine out of a piece of scrap cedar. Used the Apple sticker that came with my iphone. Works great. Just came up with the idea one day and eyeballed it. No plans or measurements.

David Bakker (author)kta152016-11-07

Well done, looks good!

panda2005 made it! (author)2016-08-05

Thanks for sharing! Great, clean design and very practical!

Here's my first take, without any finish, just some sanding.

dudemanguy99 (author)2016-07-03

This looks awsome but I dont work in mm or decimals of an inch my measuring tape only has fractions

ku5e (author)dudemanguy992016-08-02

There are 25.4 mm in every inch, that should take care of metric conversions. As for the fractions to decimal here are a few common ones

1/32 = .03125
1/16 = .0625
1/8 = .125
1/4 = .25
1/2 = .5


ku5e made it! (author)2016-08-02

Didn't have a Forstner Bit to drill the proper hole so I used a hole saw bit. I used a biscuit joiner to cut the speaker slot, then drilled past the slot as to create a resonance chamber behind the ipad. Then I proceeded with your instructions. Then I used a roundover bit to finish the edges nicely. Finally, I ironed on my logo and varnished it. Thank you for the instructable. roundover on

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LorenzoB made it! (author)2016-04-02

Nice intractable. Very easy to make and a great way to reuse old wood! It took me quite a while since my jigsaw broke at the very start, so had to do it with hand tools. Total time: approx 4 hrs incl. paint. I left space on either side so that i can add in a pair of bluetooth speakers this summer for music and movie playback! Very good instructable!

David Bakker (author)LorenzoB2016-04-03

Well done! And thank you :)

LorenzoB (author)LorenzoB2016-04-02

Made it out of compensate wood that was lying around in my shed!

Supersport05 (author)2016-03-25

Made three of these out of a single small scrap piece of walnut. All were random non-holiday gifts to various friends family, and very well received. I highly recommend this, as it's really easy.

Nice. Walnut is lovely for a Wooden iPad Stand!

ColeH12 (author)2016-03-04

Buy a coping saw for 10$. And you can get a chunk of walnut for way under 5$.

krasses (author)2016-01-25

You also have to buy all the machines first..

David Bakker (author)krasses2016-01-28

True, we're just lazy enough not to use hand tools :)

dmacaoidh (author)2016-01-03

Think I'll make it somewhat longer and add a second slot cut at a different angle, one for typing and one for viewing (movies, etc).

AlexS189 (author)2015-12-28

This is so cool. I plan on making this next. It looks pretty simple. I made a jewelry box out of a log for my girlfriend. It came out really well and she loved it.

foxhound27 made it! (author)2015-03-01

Thnk u lots.. I made one for my mother in law for her kindle fire, n she loves it n put a flower design on it..

foxhound27 (author)foxhound272015-03-02

I used my scroll saw.

David Bakker (author)foxhound272015-03-02

Very nicely done!!

foxhound27 (author)foxhound272015-03-02

forgot to mention got asked if i came out with the design told my friend that got it from u.. told them to check out ur work.

David Bakker (author)foxhound272015-03-02

Nice work! How did you put the flower design on it (can't tell for sure from the picture)?

lalain made it! (author)2015-02-08

thank you so much ! made one for the gf ! :)

David Bakker (author)lalain2015-02-09

Nicely made! Bet she'll be happy with it :)

EliMowat (author)2015-02-04

$5 is a rip off for that.

David Bakker (author)EliMowat2015-02-04

We put the instructions online so everyone who would want to, can make one themselves :)

timmybrooks (author)2015-01-13

just a heads up on the 27 degree cuts on the table saw. put the fence on the side that the blade angles away from so that if the board lifts, it won't pinch and kick back. either way, it scares me to make a cut with a hand that close - especially a cross cut without a sled and the blade angle towards the fence. be safe

David Bakker (author)timmybrooks2015-01-14

Couldn't agree more, be safe. Thanks for the tips

prakis (author)2014-07-24

Thank you. I made a iphone stand with bulsa wood(I guess it is too soft).

tnguyễn126 (author)2014-01-03

can u recommend which kind of wood would looked best?

nut wood was the best!

ZaneEricB (author)2012-10-22

Need to add a port for a plug or atleast a port for the speaker to sound. Otherwise. Very nice. I was looking in to making on similar to this. Hopefully soon.

DerbyDad03 (author)2012-09-08

Thanks for posting your plans. I had a scrap of 1" oak stair tread with a full bullnose. I think the rounded front looks nice. See here:

emma1181 (author)2012-03-26

Thank you for this post! I work for a company that manufactures trim boards and this post was perfect. Posted ours and credited you for inspiration here:

David Bakker (author)emma11812012-03-26

Lookin' good! Thanks for the link back.

dbbd (author)2010-10-03

Why is the groove made 15mm deep?
I've seen stands that do not hide the ipad button.
Is this because of the wood strength? So if I use a hard wood, can the groove be shallower?
Is it possible to have a higher edge on the back and a lower on the front?

David Bakker (author)dbbd2010-10-04

We tried a lower edge on the front and higher at the back, it works. Next time I'm in the woodshop I'll try the shallower groove, that might just work as well.

Thanks for your comment and idea!

JamesMD (author)David Bakker2012-02-05

Thanks for the great project.. I built one in about 20 minutes! I used red oak, and I made the groove shallower, eliminating the need for the hole... I also made my cuts at about 20 degrees, rather than your 27. But then I made the rear one about 25, to accommodate for the angled back of the iPad.

king billy projects (author)2011-12-13

Like it. Easy to knock one up out of a cut log too (with credit to you!)

Nice work!

richfiddler11 (author)2011-03-11

Yikes!!! No offense intended, and I realize it's for illustration, but this picture gives me the willies just looking at it!

I value my fingers very highly and hate working with short lengths of wood like this that get my digits so close to a spinning blade.

I do plan to make one of these, but I think I'll start with a longer piece of wood, use the table saw's cross slide while cutting the slot and then cut it to length.

Great instructable!!

tim_n (author)richfiddler112011-12-12

pic 3a looks posed to me, but a fair point none the less.

Mike73 (author)2010-08-07

I really like it. I saw those stands on the internet for more than 5$ and was thinking to myself I could do this, too. To add to the design, you could stack up darker and lighter wood scraps togehter (you would get some striped design of the finished part). It seems you have quite some nice woodshop :-) I wish I had the space to set one up for myself, too (I'm still using the hand saw stuff due to space restrictions).

David Bakker (author)Mike732010-08-10

MIxed woods, that sounds great! The woodshop is Simon the iPad Grandpa's and is awesome, see these pictures of it. 

If you make a nice version of the wooden iPad stand, will you share pictures :) ?

Mike73 (author)David Bakker2010-08-10

If I get to making a stand for my iPad I surely will share (and also give credit to yours as inspiration). Nice woodshop. Seems you guys are all into making those stands :-) By the way, you've used the same camera I have.

leebioni (author)2010-07-07

Ace thanks alot for this bud

pheobe (author)2010-04-26

simple and useful !

DIY Dave (author)2010-04-23

Cool I think I'll make something like this for my phone

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