I schemed of ways to rationalize buying a tablet and came up with a perfectly plausible reason to buy one. (right honey?) I have a giant pile of recipes that I have printed off the internet as well as other recipes and notes that I've collected over the past 25 years of cooking. It's a drag shuffling through piles of papers looking for the recipe you need. ( Yes, I've organized them several times but they get pulled out and I can't seem to keep up). Going digital with the recipes made sense but a laptop is just too vulnerable and takes up too much counter space in the kitchen. A tablet would be perfect. A convenient place to organize and access all my cooking stuff in a device with a small foot print.
I was in Bed Bath and Beyond shopping for Christmas stuff and just happened to notice that they had book readers. Long story short I got one. It was a Pandigital Novel which I converted to an android tablet.
After trying to prop the tablet up on the counter with apples and other useless items I realized that I was going to need a stand for this thing. I wanted something minimal and adjustable that I could sit on the counter above the mess.
Step 1: Stuff You're Gonna Need....
Plastic cutting board, 1/2" thick- I had it on hand. A nice piece of wood would work too.
Plastic snap together coolant hose- Get the Male NPT kit from Enco for $8.
A base- I had a nice metal lab equipment base. A piece of 3/4" thick wood would do fine here as well.
A metal clothes hanger or similar gauge wire.
Spray glue & super glue
A saw to cut the wood or plastic
Two pairs of pliers
Drill & bits
1/4" pipe tap
Step 2: Support Plate
Step 3: The Neck
Step 4: The Base
Step 5: Drill Holes
Step 6: Felt Facing
Step 7: Side Guides
Hold the wire with the two pliers. One on either side of the mark and bend it 90 degrees.
Lay the tablet on the support plate and put the bent end of the wire on top of the tablet next to the right hand hole at the top of the support plate. (I have a picture that explains this in the next step.) Mark the wire where you will need to bend it to go into the hole.
Bend it to fit and trim the bottom off to fit in the hole. You should have a squared off "C" shape. Make another one for the left side.
Step 8: Bottom Guide
Measure and mark 1/4" in from the left hand side of the "C" on the top and bottom. Bend the wire 90 degrees so that the left hand side now sits perpendicular to the table.
Rest the wire on the tablet and support plate again.
Mark it at the bottom holes and bend each end so that it will turn in and fit in the holes. Trim the ends to fit in the holes.
Step 9: Glueing
Step 10: Put It All Together
Slide your tablet into your stylin' new adjustable stand.
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