Picture of Super easy free adjustable Tablet-Stand from cd spindle
So I love to use my tablet for nearly all basic internet browsing; email, facebook, reddit, skype etc. But one thing that's constantly annoyed me, is that when I watch a (youtube) video, I have to keep holding the tablet steadily in front of me with one hand. This gets tiresome so I wanted to have some sort of stand. 

Looking around on the internet, there are a lot of different types stands available, but they're quite expensive, yet very simple. So why not make one myself?

Being lazy enough not to want to leave the house, I looked on Instructable for inspiration. While most of them were easy enough to make from scrap parts, they nearly all shared a common weak-spot: they are not adjustable. As the screen is so reflective, its important to be able to aim it to somewhere with the least amount of obtrusive reflections.

My method uses a standard cd-spindle with six simple slots cut into the edge. As the spindle is barely damaged by this, you could even start using it as a cd-spindle again if needed. The contraption is perfectly stable for me, and as its made out of soft plastic, there is no danger of damaging your device. The only downside I have found is its appearance; however you look at it, it remains just a spindle supporting your tablet. If you want you could decorate it to be a bit more fancy, but I'm quite happy using this bare 'McGuyvered' solution.

Oh, and if you enjoy this Instructable, please vote for me in the contests by clicking "Vote" in the top right corner. Thanks!

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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
There are not many Instructables with fewer materials:
  • Spindle from writable CDs/DVDs, size doesn't mattter
  • Box cutter or precision knive

If you don't have a spindle yourself, your dj or movie-loving friend will have one.
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codegusto2 years ago
Works great and easy to make!
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Raphango2 years ago
wonderful and cheap idea man! Favorited!

avelosoi2 years ago
Work Great!!!
stubbsonic2 years ago
This is SUPER-clever. I've always wished there was something that could be done with that base. Thanks for sharing.
ArvidJense (author)  stubbsonic2 years ago
Hah, hope you enjoy this thing as much as I do.
Great idea! Here is something I posted that you can make with them too: http://www.instructables.com/id/Headphone-Hanger-From-CDDVD-Holder/
ktml131 month ago


That's super clever! Here's a thought for further simplification: make only three cuts all around the spindle with different spacing between each. Here, the cuts should be symmetrical with no bevel (the back edge of the slot doesn't matter anyway, only the front edge of the tablet needs stoppers ).
jinfante1 year ago

muy bueno, lo acabe de ahcer simplemente exelente.


DragonDon1 year ago
This is much better than my paper cup idea! Love it!
Capitalist2 years ago
Voted. This is so simple yet so practical!
Shela2 years ago
This is very smart, I like it.
evacooper2 years ago
this is great! voted for and pinned!
park472 years ago
Thanks,this pefectly match my Nexus7 both Horizontal.+Vertical without doing anything.
Love it! Anything that recycles plastic and is so useful is a keeper in my book! I've got my iPad mini on my new stand right now. Awesome!
Great idea, I have been looking for tablet holder for the same reason. I got one that works like a clothes pin.But I need it carry it with me to work and back. Once I make this, I can leave the other at work and this one at home. Love recycling and is something I would never thought of. Thanks for the idea, going to make one today.

Yes it is simple, but no one would have thought of it. You got my vote.
prakis2 years ago
Clever & Cheap idea. I like to call this Best Supporting Technology Innovation Award after ipad invention :)
sangmei2 years ago
pmann12 years ago
Like you, I was dismayed to find out that pad stands were so expensive. I'm so glad that you managed to find a nearly-free item that can be converted so easily. Normally, I'd throw the spindle away, so it's nice and environmentally sound to be repurposing it in this way. Excellent work, Arvid!
Would this also work with a blu-ray spindle?
Just kidding :) great idea!
simpleguy2 years ago
been looking for simple tablet stand. thanks for the idea
fherrmann2 years ago
works perfect. thanks for this great idea.
julievojo2 years ago
Smart! And very timely, I need a stand for our tablet. Thanks!
vanexel2 years ago
Fantastic, i will do during the next weekend !!!!!
works like a charm. fast and easy.
pucheta2 years ago
Excellent idea!!
sarawelder2 years ago
I love to reuse those bases... now I have another idea. For me the best hacks are the simplest and reusing plastic is number 1!
grandioso, un muy fácil, útil y barato instructable, gracias, tienes la medalla de oro
great.... a very easy, useful and cheap instructable, thanks, you got the gold medal
Surrey-Yeti2 years ago
Astoundingly simple, but brilliant!!
eielofview2 years ago
I would do two more things I would put rubber bumper feet on the bottom (the small stick on kind) and I would surgu the tops of the spindle where the device touches and the cutouts to keep things from sliding and reduce wear. Though that would raise the cost quite a bit. Thanks this an awesome instructable!
Also seriously good suggestions.
nwlaurie2 years ago
Brilliant! And totally adhering to the KISS principle.
I voted.
Passing You2 years ago
Creative reuse
Lorax982 years ago
F'n' Genius!
AT2 years ago
Love it! Simple, easy, cheap, useful. I just killed off a 100 DVD spindle and wasn't sure what to do with it. I will see if it can be converted into a stand for my iPad!
jnancy2 years ago
Best idea thank ever!
Mindmapper12 years ago
Ah another use. I use them for keeping loo roll in while camping!
gomibakou2 years ago
Simply great.
doctorkred2 years ago
Fácil y con cosas que hay en casa, esos son los instructables que me gustan.
Easy and things in house, those are the Instructables that I like.
darman122 years ago
Awesome idea! If I hadn't already bought a case for my iPad mini, I would totally make this. I even have a CD spindle lying around. Good thinking with the cut shape and widening the cut as you go :)
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