Introduction: Laminate Parque Laptop Stand

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I saw the designs of the other instructable laptop stands on instructables and thought "I must make one for myself !!!" So here is my instructable. With this instructable i tried to get rid of the cable and device mess on my desk and it worked :) Actually the project is not finished yet but I just excited because this is my first instructable.

Now It's Absolutely Finished :D

Parts-Prices (all the prices are approximately cos we don't use $ in Turkiye)

(+) ---> I had before
(-) ---> I bought for this project

Laminate Parque 1-2 pcs (+) (i just had from construction of our house. I don't know how much is that.)
non-slippery mat 3$ (-)
Strong Black Tape 3$ (-)
Double Sided Tape 2$ (+)
Scotch Tape 1$ (+)
10 pcs of blue led 1.6$ (-)
Straws 100 pcs 0.5$ (+) (I used 10 pcs)
Potentiometer 10K 0.2$ (+)

TOTAL: 11.3 $ if you don't have any of theese
It cost 7.6$ for me.

Step 1: Parts & Tools

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I also used a drill, some screws, and a safety glass of course except the tools u see on the pictures.

Step 2: Cutting & Forming the Parts

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Everyone has different pc's so i want to skip the measurements of the parts. Just cut the laminate parque u bought by measuring your own notebook pc.

Step 3: Assabmling

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I used screws to assamble the whole product because the laminate parques are has really slippery surfaces to use glue. I thougt it would just brake apart with a small hit. It doesn't look cool for now but I will cover the screws by painting to black and covering the whole product with non slippery cloth.

Step 4: Finished Product

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For now it looks like this. But i think i made the holder step really big. So before painting i'll change it to a smaller holder.
I put all the cable mess, my external hard drive & it's own adapter and my notebook's adapter under my new laptop holder. It's now more clear than the picture u see :D

I am waiting for your comments. ;)

No! No nooooo! Wait :D

I started and already finished the whole product this weekend. And be sure You will LOVE it ;)
Here I am starting to introduce the new design.. Just go to step 5.

Step 5: Metamorphose

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At first I decided not to paint the stand to black and add a fan with ventilation holes cos my PC doesn't need ventilation.

Get started with the covering. I bought a non-slippery black mat to cover my stand. When covering I used double sided tape.

When it's done it was already perfect. But I did not stop.
We are going to the brilliant step...

Step 6: Using LED 's to Become More Attractive

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We are entering the LED zone. The preparation step is this one.
I used a soldering iron, some solder, some soldering paste, some straws, little piece of heatshrink tube to close up the soldered legs of LED's, a razor blade, scissors, some really strong black tape, and invisible scotch tape. Oh! I forgot Some wires of course..

Step 7: Preparing LED Glowing Sticks

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At first I added the straws together and cut a little to make them enough long for my project.

I inserted two LEDs at the ends of the straws and used heatshrink to make it tight

Step 8: Placing the Glowing Stcks

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I soldered the legs of LEDs to 4-5 inches long wires and started to stick them on to the stand.
I connected all the anodes and off course cathodes together.
I used the USb port of my laptop as power source. To do this I cut the wire of my old USB keyboard and find the black and red wires in it.
Be careful! If you don't use a resistor, then your LEDs will burn itself like my LEDs :)) I tried to find the true resistor value by trial. At last i found another solution! Potentiometer!!! I connected the potentiometer serially to my circuit and done. Let's have a look at it at the last step.

Step 9: Finished Product

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I'm not saying anything anymore.. Just look. Pictures are already talking :))


en_rov (author)2015-03-19

You got me at ' glowing sticks'.

sanchit123 (author)2012-08-18

This is really beautiful... BTW, I watch Bleach too!

electrophobia (author)sanchit1232012-08-21

Oh Bleach! I must bleach again sometime. Thanks for making me remember :)

ossisi (author)2010-04-13

 eline sağlık süper olmus havalandırma içinde bi fan koysandın keşke 

electrophobia (author)ossisi2010-04-15

Bilgisayarımın ısınma problemi olmadığı için koymadım. Teşekkürler

zatek (author)2010-02-14

Great edible! What kind of non-slip mat are you using though?

xklathos (author)2010-01-12

ellerine saglik cok guzel, valla turkiyemi cok ozledim ya , abi yazdigin fiyatlar cok iyi , ben USA state of Alaska da yasiyoum hatirliyiromda elektronik parcalari 10 ar 10 ar alir kurus oderdik , burda bi tane led ye 2 dolar oduyorum :( canim turkiyem

electrophobia (author)xklathos2010-01-13

Burada da yeni sayılabilecek ürünler pahalı ama.. RGB power LED almaya kalkıyorum canıma okuyorlar. Ya da Solar Panel ler mesela.. çok pahalı burada.. Bildiğim kadarıyla bunlar da orada çok ucuz..

Gamerworld14 (author)2009-08-12

I am just wondering, but why would you need to add non-slip covering on the sides of the stand, wouldn't that just be a waste of the non-stick cover and tape? Great idea overall! :D

its only a waste if your computer doesnt have the rubber built into the bottom.

But look at the sides of the image from step 5 (image 3)...

I understand what you mean now, but I usually prefer to go with the appearance of the finished product

It was just to make the stand more attractive. So it's not a waste for me. Thank you for your nice comment...

Kasm279 (author)2009-07-24

hm, awsome stand... you gave me an idea to light up the keyboard on this laptop with those glow sticks... or add a few to the chillmat under my laptop... :D

HardCoreHacker (author)Kasm2792009-08-12

post a 'ible if you ever get around to the keyboard working

maxter43 (author)2009-03-02

Hey, this is a very nice stand! I got really inspired by your idea, and I'm starting to make my own. But I'm making some serious changes on the project, as I'm focusing more on cooling than on cable routing or visuals (of course, those glowsticks are awesome and I'm gonna do it! :D). I also want to do a Instructable, but I want to know: could I do it and put in the intro that your stand was my inspiration? Thanks, and congrats!

electrophobia (author)maxter432009-03-02

Thanks for your nice comment and why not! Of course u can use my project in the intro of yours. And I am really so sorry for answering late. I am serving the army so it's really too hard to find spare time for me.

maxter43 (author)electrophobia2009-03-03

Thanks! And there's no problem about answering late, I understand! And it wasn't THAT late, just some hours...

fwjs28 (author)2008-04-11

ummmmm....i want to make one of those but what is that poten-dabalabadingdong thing??and how much is it worth??? also wheredid u get ur LEDs????

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-04-12

At first my English is not as good as you think. I don't understand what are you trying to say by poten-dabalabadingdong thing :D But I'm going to write all of the parts prices at the first step now. I hope u'll find poten-dabalabadingdong things price :D But I really wonder the meaning of it. Somebody please tell me what is a poten-dabalabadingdong thingie :D

fwjs28 (author)electrophobia2008-04-13

"Potentiometer 10K 0.2$ (+)"...that thingy...ok thank the way is this turkish???hocam 10 numara olmuş...laptop stand underground yapmışın...:D reputation kaç oldu???:D

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-04-14

Yes that is half English Half Turkish. But the Instructables doesn't suport the Turkish special characters. For example ç characters are a letter which pronounces as ch in Turkish. And thanks for the explanation of dabalabadingdong thing. I just learned something more thanks to you :D

smokehill (author)electrophobia2008-05-31

One of the things I really liked about the Turkish language is the simplicity of just adding the tail to the "s" and "c" to make the "sh" and "ch" sound. I don't know who Ataturk hired to "invent" New Turkish, but they were brilliant. No irregular verbs, each letter makes one sound only ... no such thing as a question of spelling -- though I had a bit of difficulty with the two different "i" characters at first. By the time my NATO tour was up in '73 I wanted to continue improving my Turkish, but gradually most of it left me, from disuse. However, once I got back to the U.S., it was a long time before I stopped automatically answering the phone " Yetmish iki yetmish bir, Kidemli Bashchavush..." (not proper spelling, of course)

fwjs28 (author)smokehill2008-06-01

cool.....whats the turkish mean? hello i am turkish man how may i help you?......

smokehill (author)fwjs282008-06-04

If you were referring to the phrase I quoted, it means "7271, Sergeant Major ..." That's how I answered the phone, 7271 being my extension at NATO Headquarters in Izmir. For your other question, the meaning of "nasil" -- as I recall, "how" is the closest translation. In the common phrase (question), "Nasilsiniz?" it means "How are you?" The phrase "Merhaba ben Turkum. Size nasil yardimci olabilirim?" is Turkish for the phrase you asked about -- " I am a Turkish man. How may I help you?" Hope this clears it up for you. Frankly, I'm probably the least qualified Turkish authority here, since I taught myself, only used it for 18 months, and have hardly had a chance to use it in the next 35 years. "Rusty" is a serious understatement, believe me, and even when I was using the language, my favorite phrase was "Evet, ben Turkce konushyorum, fakat chok fena" -- Yes. I understand Turkish, but very poorly. Someone may be able to explain "nasil" far better than I did.

electrophobia (author)smokehill2008-06-04
No Smokehill NO!! Anyone could explain it better then you. In just 18 months u did learn Turkish! One of the most complicated languages in the world. Well done Smokehill.. In Turkish there is just the base words like "nasil" . But there are also many kinds of addition which can be used at the tail of a word and change it's meaning like combining words together to get a sentence. I am going to give an example for this. Turkish Kitap Kitapchi Kitapchilar Kitapchilardan Kitapchilardansın Kitapchilardanmısın? And the funniest (in my opinion) Turkish-English translation I have ever do!!! "Afyonkarahisarlılashtiramadiklarimizdanmisiniz?" This is one of the longest words in Turkish. And "Afyonkarahisar" is the name of a city in Turkiye. Here comes the translation :) :) :) :) :) :) And now i think everyone feels the difference between these two languages. And the flexibility of Turkish.
Derin (author)electrophobia2008-12-26


Derin (author)Derin2009-02-13


smokehill (author)electrophobia2008-06-22

I really didn't find Turkish to be all that difficult, especially after fiddling about with a lot of irregular French (and of course English) verbs, and the horrors of English spelling & grammar. For me, finding a language that had no irregular verbs and the spelling was entirely regular and predictable -- it was a real surprise, and a treat! I didn't get very good at it, unfortunately, but considering how much I learned compared to how little time I actually spent working at it -- I thought it went very well, but mostly because the rules were simple and never varied. Frankly, the process of changing an entire nation's language, both written and spoken, in a short period of time fascinates me. I'm sure there are books in Turkish that tell the story, but I've never found anything on the Web that mentions it at all, unfortunately. There really isn't much on the Web about the details of Ataturk's reforms, though most of us foreigners heard various tales, many of which may or may not be true. All of us heard, at one time or another, that the hojas (mullahs) strongly objected to his secular reforms, and (as the story goes) he just took a bunch of them (hundreds, or thousands -- the story is always different) and publicly hung them. Supposedly, then the rest of them stopped opposing his rule. Few of us believed this was completely true, but it was a very common tale we often heard. We also heard that Ataturk picked a certain date by which no one was allowed to speak "Old Turkish" in public, and all signs -- and books -- had to be changed over, with very strict penalties. This seems more believable, but probably a little exaggerated. Perhaps there just isn't enough curiosity or interest about this period of time outside of Turkey, since there is so little on the Internet, but I'm sure I'm not the only "foreigner" who spent time there and loved the country, and is curious about this period of the naton's history. I haven't been there in 35 years, and probably never will get back, but it is a place I remember warmly, and I'm sure the story of Ataturk's changes, and how they were implemented, must be fascinating.

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-06-01

Merhaba ben Turkum. Size nasil yardimci olabilirim?

fwjs28 (author)electrophobia2008-06-03

my nazel size is none of your business(or were yoo saying something else....)

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-06-03

Dear fwjs28 i just translated your sentence into Turkish as u want. But I am so sorry cos i don't know and even found the word nazel in dictionaries. I hope there isn't a misunderstanding each other. And also I really wonder what's the meaning of NAZEL??? Could anyone please explain it to me??

fwjs28 (author)electrophobia2008-06-04

ita apelled wrong i think...but its your ur nasel cavity....

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-06-04

That's OK.. Thanks for the new word u tought me :D

Derin (author)electrophobia2008-08-15

haha komik

Derin (author)smokehill2008-08-15

He invented it himself,he was also teaching the new alphabet himself

smokehill (author)Derin2008-08-15

When I was living in Izmir people told me that Ataturk went from place to place helping teach people, mostly children, the new alphabet and language. I heard that New Turkish was created by a group of language scholars, some European, some Turkish, that Ataturk brought together. I always assumed they were also the ones that developed the European-type alphabet that came with the new language. Whomever did the work, it must be a fascinating story that deserves to be widely told. Perhaps someone will tell it someday -- in English, I hope -- and post it on the internet. So far I have found nothing on this subject by searching.

Derin (author)smokehill2008-08-16

they did not teach that in school...and thinking of all the ataturk study we did...hmm

Derin (author)electrophobia2009-02-06


fwjs28 (author)electrophobia2008-04-14

yes a dabalabadingdong usually refers to a thing or friends say i over use the word ans they say it kinda get annoying....btw i also learned something and it is in turkish...what is next??

electrophobia (author)fwjs282008-04-14

How about teaching our languages each other haha!. That's a good instructable though :D I must start a series of learning Turkish instructables :D

Derin (author)electrophobia2008-05-08

iyi olurdu hocam bize pek gerekmez gerçi

electrophobia (author)Derin2008-05-08

Derinsleep is our first lesson :) derin means deep in english and sleep means uyku in Turkish :P

Derin (author)electrophobia2008-08-15


smokehill (author)electrophobia2008-06-22

It would be nice if something like the Babelfish online translator would work with Turkish, but that language is not on their site. The few "online translators" I tried from Turkish to English do not work very well at all, even on very simple sentences.

Derin (author)electrophobia2008-06-12


fwjs28 (author)Derin2008-05-08


bocaballa00 (author)2009-01-12

het i like the viedo coll video u and r u wearing nail polish it was was coll the nail polish was so coooll

berslan (author)2008-04-15

Using straws and leds instead of neons is a great idea. Both for power consumption, and for the cost. I wouldn't think the light would look that good. For sure I will use it somewhere. Tebrikler, iyi is cikarmissin hocam

electrophobia (author)berslan2008-04-15

Thank you for your nice comment. And I do like to see more Turkish people here.

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