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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

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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. 
foxhound27 made it!25 days ago
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..
I used my scroll saw.
David Bakker (author)  foxhound2725 days ago
Very nicely done!!
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)  foxhound2725 days ago

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

lalain made it!1 month ago
thank you so much ! made one for the gf ! :)
David Bakker (author)  lalain1 month ago
Nicely made! Bet she'll be happy with it :)
EliMowat1 month ago

$5 is a rip off for that.

David Bakker (author)  EliMowat1 month ago

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

timmybrooks2 months ago

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)  timmybrooks2 months ago
Couldn't agree more, be safe. Thanks for the tips
prakis8 months ago

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

can u recommend which kind of wood would looked best?
David Bakker (author)  tnguyễn1261 year ago
nut wood was the best!
ZaneEricB2 years ago
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.
DerbyDad032 years ago
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:
emma11813 years ago
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)  emma11813 years ago
Lookin' good! Thanks for the link back.
dbbd4 years ago
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)  dbbd4 years ago
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!
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.
Like it. Easy to knock one up out of a cut log too (with credit to you!)
Nice work!
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!!
pic 3a looks posed to me, but a fair point none the less.
Mike734 years ago
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)  Mike734 years ago
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 :) ?
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.
leebioni4 years ago
Ace thanks alot for this bud
pheobe4 years ago
simple and useful !
DIY Dave4 years ago
Cool I think I'll make something like this for my phone
 Gonna make something like this for my pda