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I need a laptop stand! I NEED A LAPTOP STAND!

A̶s̶ ̶I̶'̶v̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶c̶l̶a̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶t̶i̶-̶p̶r̶o̶c̶r̶a̶s̶t̶i̶n̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶ ̶(̶k̶i̶n̶d̶ ̶o̶f̶!̶*̶)̶, I thought I would finally make a laptop stand, which Is something I've been needing for so long. This adjustable angle/height laptop stand can be removed easily (I'm not the only user of the laptop I use), and allows me to type FASTER, and with fewer typos, because it's so much more comfortable! It also puts the screen at a more comfortable height, and makes the keyboard backlight actually illuminate the keyboard, instead of me just seeing it from underneath.

Is that not enough? It also helps my laptop keep itself cool!

Let's get started!

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(Watch the YouTube video: LINK FOR MOBILE VIEWERS!)

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Step 1: What You'll Need:

Want to make your own laptop stand? Here's what you'll need, or at least what I used!

I made it for FREE since I already had everything that was needed on hand.

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Hardware, Materials & Consumables:

Adhesive backed velcro

Wood (European beech)

Screws

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Tools:

Handsaw (+DIY Magnetic Handsaw Guide!)

Drill

Drill bit set

Ruler


Subjects: Woodworking

Approximate Time: <1 hour

Difficulty: Simple

ALWAYS USE PROPER PPE.

Step 2: Attach the Velcro!

I decided to use a really nice piece of beech wood that I had for the part that attaches to the laptop, with velcro. I stuck the velcro to the end of the piece of wood, and then flipped my laptop over, and marked the center of its underside. I added the velcro and pressed down onto it for about a minute so it would adhere properly.

Step 3: Cut Off the Excess Wood

Since the piece of wood that I chose was pretty long, I cut off the excess with a handsaw to the length that was needed (or, well, estimated). I cannot live without this homemade life changing saw guide anymore!

Step 4: Make the "legs"

I cut two narrower pieces of beech wood to 13cm long, and clamped one to the side of the piece of wood that I made earlier, to my workbench, as shown in the picture. I drilled a pilot hole at the length of the screw that I was planning on using on both sides and pieces, and then came back and enlarged the pilot hole of each "leg" - without enlarging the pilot of the middle piece.

I used a bigger drill bit to countersink and then drove in the screws just tight enough, while clamping the pieces together, so the narrower piece tightened onto the middle piece when I tightened the screw. Not enough won't hold the weight of the laptop, and too tight will make it so you won't be able to adjust the angle/height of the stand later, or maybe even break the screw or split the wood.

Step 5: DONE! | More Thoughts | Video!

See it in action, on Youtube!

Some more thoughts:

  • If I would make this again, for the piece that attaches to the bottom of the laptop with velcro, I would choose a thinner piece, since it stops the laptop from going down all the way. It isn't that much of an issue, but if it will be, I will just cut off the corner at an angle (I guess that's kind of a bevel...)
  • I think that this makes it harder to type when slouching too - Bonus!
  • Add a phone holder?
  • Add a built in storage container for my flash drive?
  • Add a cup holder?
  • Now that I think of it, this could be turned into a tripod!

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<p>Great work. Keeping a laptop cool is definitely an important thing, mine usually runs quite warm when rendering video. </p>
<p>Thanks, I normally do 3000 things at once, and all the tabs make the laptop heat up like crazy!</p>
<p>Not sure if it's available for a windows laptop. But on my Mac I also have a manual override for the fan so I can control the speed before it gets too hot. Definitely helps out a huge amount besides elevating it too. </p>
<p>I can control how hard the computer will work - something like that. I haven't found it to be really effective, so in the summer, I think I'll put a small computer fan underneath...</p>
<p>hi i like it</p>
<p>Glad to hear that! :)</p>
<p>The video is too short by about 0.2 seconds to add an end card, if that explains the black ending of the video...</p>

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