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I recently bought an iPad 2 because a) as an occasional commercial pilot and CFI, I've found it's the new thing in flight planning, and b) Computergeeks.com had some refurbished iPad 2s on sale in conjunction with the release of the iPad 3, at a price I was willing to pay.

As in aviation, any time you stamp some specialization on an item, the price goes through the roof, and when I started looking at cradles/stands for iPads, I was disappointed. "There must be a better way," I thought.

Here it is. For an initial investment of about $9 USD you can create a sturdy stand for iPad or other tablet, and for an additional $3 USD each you can create more, all out of existing products.
 
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Step 1: Acquire Stuff

Items for the stand
Small metal display stand (at your local fabric and crafts store [in my case, a local Jo-ann Fabrics] - $3). NOTE: While you're at the store, feel the stand for any roughness. I was lucky enough with the first two to end up with smooth metal, and not have to sand. The stand used for this Instructable, not so smooth. Caveat emptor.
PlastiDip aerosol spray (at your local hardware store - $6). You may find this under other names along the lines of Tool Dip.
Grip mat remnants (optional - found, or bought at your local department store kitchen section)
Tools
Spray area (cardboard box--I used a big sheet of corrugated cardboard)
Paper clips or other items to hold stand off of spray area
Extra fine sandpaper for metal (may be optional)
Good instructable!
I did a similar thing, but I didn't know about those little display stands. I just got some leftover steel rod from the garage and bent it into shape. Probably less than $1 worth of metal for a very stable tablet stand.
TheOlMaestro (author)  LanceDrolet1 year ago
Very nice! If you haven't published an instructable about that, please consider it - I'd like to see what you did.
dolcelewis1 year ago
Will it not leave hairlines and scratch marks if use directly with the device that does not have ipad case on it?
TheOlMaestro (author)  dolcelewis1 year ago
I haven't had any problems. YMMV. If you are in doubt, you have three courses of action.

a) More PlastiDip. I would have put on six or more coats, but the number I did seemed enough.

b) Acquire and use a piece of grip mat as seen above, for additional protection to the tablet.

c) Find another piece of hardware to convert into a stand, and if you do, please write an instructable showing what you did :)
clay.in.co2 years ago
Pretty cool, you've got a custom and very durable stand there, much better than the cheap plastic thing B&N wants $30 for. Of course, if you want really cheap, I get these from my local hardware store for about $3 each. They come in different sizes and don't scratch my tablet with their plastic base and vinyl-coated adjustable arm. I think someone could customize one of these similarly to the way you have done. It's great to see another person NOT being ripped off for an overpriced "tablet/ereader" stand.



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TheOlMaestro (author)  clay.in.co2 years ago
Thanks for the hint. My wife offered one of these to me...turns out the screws in the hinges were so tight, I ended up snapping the plastic base. Hence something that the klutzy male couldn't break so easily.