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This is a Valentine's Day gift for my girlfriend who uses her tablet to view recipes while cooking.

Step 1: Cut the Wood

Obtain wood strips and cut to length. I picked up these hardwood strips for free from craigslist.

Step 2: Glue Strips

Glue the strips together and clamp.

Step 3: Plane the Plank

Use a planer to roughly level the surfaces.

Step 4: Sand the Surfaces

Use a belt sander or hand sanding block to fine tune the surfaces.

Step 5: Square the Ends

Saw the ends to a 90 degree angle.

Step 6: Cut a Shelf Piece

Cut a shelf piece from the end of the plank.

Step 7: Hand Sand

Hand sand the plank and shelf with progressively finer sandpaper.

Step 8: Glue the Shelf

Glue the shelf to the plank and clamp.

Step 9: Cut a Stand Support

Cut a stand support and an anchor from the leftover wood.

Step 10: Drill Support Pieces

Drill a hole in the center of the anchor and a corresponding hole in the end of the stand support. Then sand the pieces with progressively finer sandpaper.

Step 11: Glue the Stand

Fasten the stand support to the anchor with a bolt and wingnut. Glue the anchor to the stand so the stand support is center and flush with the bottom of the plank.

Step 12: Apply Polyurethane

Remove the bolt and stand support. Apply a first coat of polyurethane to all the pieces.

Step 13: Sand

Sand lightly with 220-320 grit paper.

Step 14: Apply a Second Coat of Polyurethane

Apply a second coat of polyurethane to the tablet holder.

Step 15: Complete

<p>Very cool! The wood is beautiful!</p>
<p>I have been wanting to make me something very similar to this. This is beautiful and I am sure your girlfriend will appreciate and love this. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day with your girlfriend~ </p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>Beautiful work! Nice directions and photos!!</p>

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