Modular iPad stand using aluminum and an Erector set!

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Do you have an iPad?  Was your favorite part of The Sandlot the crazy ball fetching contraption?  Read on...

I don't know about you, but I HATE not having the right part when I'm in the middle of a project.  I was on my second trip to the hardware store last weekend trying to build this stand and it hit me: I have the perfect prototyping kit sitting in my basement that I hadn't used in years...My Erector sets!

So, I built an iPad holder using an old iMac stand (not an original idea I know,) aluminum stock, Erector pieces, and some lamp parts.

(I actually originally had the easel part of this mount attached to the articulating arm of an architect's lamp.  I might put that instructable up if people are interested.  That's where the modular part comes in.)

I was trying to replicate something like this that I saw in the Apple store: http://store.apple.com/us/product/H9317ZM/A/just-mobile-upstand-for-ipad?fnode=40
I wanted something that captured the Apple aesthetic and had a few more features.

The neck has full range of motion for watching movies in landscape or charging in portrait.  The easel part has a neat spring mechanism to securely hold your iPad in place.

Thanks for looking, and please vote for me in the weekend projects contest and the I could make that contest!
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

1/8" x 3/4" aluminum stock (3ft)
Misc. Erector pieces (If you don't have an old Erector set lying around, I'm sure you can find everything you need in a hardware store)
2 short springs, about an inch long

8 small machine screws (flat head) Don't use Erector screws for this.  They need to be flat head and I'll explain why later.  You can   get any type of slotting.  I chose philips
6 lock washers to match
6 nuts to match
2 nylock nuts to match

Small bit of weather stripping or foam with adhesive back

iMac stand