Introduction: Laptop Lap Stand

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Inspired by a project seen on pinterest, i decided to create a laptop lap stand that had to no only hold my laptop (of course) but also hold my iphone on a reading position and have room for a wireless mouse or maybe an external HD.

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Step 1: Find the Wood and Cut It to Length

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I have a bunch of plywood laying around my backyard and that piece was almost the size i needed.

I roughly decided where i should cut and marked it with the pencil. Then used a square to trace a line from an end to the other.

Then used my circular saw to cut it.

Step 2: IPhone Place

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I then traced the iphone format to the wood

Using a marking tape on the drill bit I was able to drill several holes to the plywood without going all the way through.

And then I used a screwdriver as a chisel to make everything look nice and round.

I also had to carve a little bit towards the edge (not carving the top) so the iPhone wouldnt stand straight.

Step 3: Drilling Cooling Holes

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I traced the laptop's shape to the wood to know where to drill the holes.

I used a flat 3/4 drill bit

I drilled the first hole on the top left edge and traced lines from the center of it on both directions.

After that i marked from the edge of the hole several 1cm distance marks so each hole would have a 1cm distance from each other.

Step 4: Sanding and Finishing

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After drilling all the holes, it was time to sand everything flush.

I used 80 grip sand paper and went through 120, 180 to finish with 220 grip.

After sanding, clean the dust with a dry rag and then apply oil or varnish to finish.

I prefered oil because it looks better in my opinion and it is cheaper.

Remove the excess with a dry rag and wait for it to dry for a few minutes.

And you're good to go.

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jconlon4 made it! (author)2016-05-14

Great instructable. I can now photoshop on the couch without breaking my back leaning over the coffee table, plus it was a perfect excuse to play with some power tools and recycle an old piece of plywood.

Albert Borland (author)2016-02-24

Great Instructable!

Thanks a lot for the Inspiration

Fitzy6545 (author)2016-01-27

do u know foradoescrtorio if i could buy this wonderful creation from u

would be appreciated if u could tell me if it were for sale and how much u were looking to sell it for

MyLadyBird (author)2015-11-29

that looks real nice, have to give it a try.

Robster1234 (author)2015-09-23

Could I have all the dimensions (like the diameter of the holes, etc) for the project? like, the diameter of the doles and the depth? Trying to make this in my woodshed class...

primosanch (author)2014-11-14

This is really nice! Thanks for sharing.

666sebas999 (author)2014-10-12

Did you use cooking oil?

Yes. Soy oil.

TMerkman (author)2014-03-13

Do the smaller holes goal the way through the bigger ones?

No, they don't go through. Also, they're made with the flat drill bit, which means each one of the holes, comes already with a big and small hole because of the pointy end of the drill bit, you wouldn't have the drill two holes. I hope I made myself clear. If you did the holes with a fostner bit, it would also have a smaller hole in the middle. Not that deep. but it would be there.

pcgate (author)foradoescritorio2014-05-29

Great build / instructable. Your flat drill bit is also called a paddle bit. Is there a reason why you didn't make the hole go all the way through?

ChickenJo (author)pcgate2014-10-04

it is also called a spade bit

Will_P_30 (author)2014-07-30

This is mine. I used old pallet wood instead of plywood though. I just have a lot of pallets.

OffBeatSocker (author)Will_P_302014-09-19

You should check out the instructable on how to make a pallet skateboard, It looks really nice.

Check it out;

manuelmasc (author)Will_P_302014-09-18

very cool! it has a fantastic reused/recycled/old/vintage style!! ahah

jessyratfink (author)2014-05-06

This is such a smart design - favorited! :D

usama36 (author)2014-03-14

I made it and it was awesome. Thanks!

foradoescritorio (author)usama362014-03-17

I'm glad my tutorial helped you! Send me a picture of yours!

usama36 (author)foradoescritorio2014-03-17

Here is mine. Nice?

foradoescritorio (author)usama362014-03-18

That's awesome! Congratulations!

sanguish (author)2014-02-19

Isn't the image at the top right from the Kickstarter campaign?

I couldn't tell. The image was taken from as an example of my inspiration.

slegorreta (author)2014-03-15

Great idea for a gift

Absolutely slegorreta!

DIY Dave (author)2014-03-15

Great job! Thanks for the instructable. I often have a hard time sitting comfortably and holding my laptop securely at the same time. Another project on my to build list

Thank you DIY Dave! Send me a picture after you've done it!

relativiteit (author)2014-03-14

Good stuff

Thank you relativiteit!

Mielameri (author)2014-03-13

Ah! So elegant, simple and sturdy! Well done :)

Thank you Mielameri!

foradoescritorio (author)2014-03-01

Thank you chriswooten57.

Loki1988 (author)2014-02-18

Easy and good. Thanks and greeds from Germany.

Thank you Loki. Cheers from Brazil.

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