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After putting one of those $30 prefab plastic laptop stands back on a store shelf I began thinking of an easy way of gaining similar functionality without the wastefulness or expense. Rummaging around my local hardware store I came across the materials needed to build this simple yet effective laptop stand for about half the cost of a commercial one.

 
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Step 1: Required Materials

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I purchased all of the materials needed for this project at my local Home Depot.

Materials Needed:

Simpson Strong-Tie OT structural joint tie 12"x12" - part# 044315774300
4 Rubber Anti-Skid Pads with included screws - part# 039003096444
3/4 inch wooden dowel - part# 049437396911
small bolt and nut


Step 2: Cut the wood dowels to the correct size

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I cut the wood dowels to 3 inches which gives a good viewing angle while it's sitting on my workbench. I would recommend cutting them longer at first and then reassess your viewing angle and re-cut if needed. Drill two small pilot holes in the bottom of the dowels as to avoid any cracking when the anti-skid feet are screwed in.

Feel free to paint the wood dowels any color you desire. I've painted mine matte black to match the color of my rotting soul.

Step 3: Screw the dowels into the base.

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Now position the metal base between the rubber foot and the dowel. The pilot hole should be facing the metal base and the rubber foot. Drive the included screws through the rubber feet and into the wooden dowels, sandwiching the metal base in the process. I've tightened down the dowels finger tight then pulled them forward towards the front in order to correctly align with my Macbook Pro . You may need to perform slight adjustments before fully tightening down the dowels depending on the size of your laptop.

Step 4: Insert the front 'stopper'

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Now with the rear dowels completed you can insert the front stopper. Mount the two remaining rubber anti-skid feet by holding one on each size of the metal base while bolting them together. This will form the third foot of your laptop stand and will prevent the laptop from sliding forward.
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iEthem3 months ago

which model is this mac?

mganpate2 years ago
its good you can use stike there rubber protraction when ther foul because the avoid the laptop damage
Dragonothe4 years ago
You could cut the dowels on an angle to fit the bottom of the laptop.
looker19954 years ago
Home Depot, as well as most hardware stores, offer non-skid rubber pads to prevent scratching things such as table tops or hardwood floors. You can get a variety of tan felt pads also, but I would use some of the black rubber type. They are round, self adhesive, and available in a variety of diameters. Sticking those on top of your dowels should solve any scratching issues.
How much did all of those supplies cost?
5 bucks probably  if u buu it new, but  free if ur a bit of a scavenger ;)
ravencrop4 years ago
Excellent!
caityjay5 years ago
Yeah, I was thinking it was upside down the whole time XD I think at least putting a couple of rubber stoppers on the tops of the dowels would help with the denting issue, and definitely prevent any scratching of the case. Very cool; simplistic whilst managing to avoid tackiness. I like it.
mcpguru5 years ago
Can you add your rotting soul to my compost pile? My wife will be getting one of these when she needs the stand. I'm still chained to my desktop.
markvid5 years ago
yeah macbook pro! same as mine!! :--)
shooby markvid5 years ago
It's like they mass produce them or something! Wowie!
nice one lol
Derin shooby5 years ago
Ownt.
thats just an internet rumor
Taotaoba5 years ago
Thats a nice one
Great instructable! How about filing the top of the dowels into a slope to help stabilize the laptop?
alfonso6 years ago
I'm going to have to build this, I just got a MacBook Pro and its like having a jet engine on my desk. Nice instructable.
I got a 17" MBP and holly sh!t they're very hot! congrats mate!
I just bought a Compaq CQ50-106CA and it is seriously intensely hot. Those Turion 64 processors are amazing performers, but run VERY hellishly hot. Considering that its got a fsb of 2.0ghz its pretty dam hot.
glynlowen6 years ago
you could make one a lot more easily out of wood!!!!
cornboy36 years ago
This is cool, but it doesn't look very sturdy. I think you are relying to much on for a $1500 laptop.
johnbot (author)  cornboy36 years ago
Actually if you tried it you would find it to be incredible sturdy (and simple). I fail to see where there is a problem as far as sturdiness? Can you explain more throughly your ideas? I'd like to improve upon the design so please help by contributing. thanks!
I mean like three Rubber Anti-Skid Pads making it so you cant knock it flying? hmm maybe if you flipped it over makeing the metal t touching the laptop
johnbot (author)  cornboy36 years ago
Yeah. I flipped it over and it's working quite well. I'll inverse all of the images in photoshop. ;) hopefully ill have a new update to this instructable in a week or so. thanks
davis_brud6 years ago
Cool but would this work better upside down?
I think that's a better idea... the contact point might dent the Powerbook.
johnbot (author)  kafene6 years ago
Yeah, it works quite well upside down too! The only problem is that the front tip of the metal base wouldn't be resting on the front rubber stopper. This could be corrected by bending the first 2 inches of the metal base parallel with the table it's sitting on. That would make a pretty cool looking stand but then the metal bracket used for the base would not be reusable :) (not such a big deal for 11 dollars) Another method would be to forgo the front stopper and just apply some type of rubber to the very tip of the metal. I'll try it and post some pics soon!
chalky6 years ago
THE BEST LAPTOP STAND SO FAR BAR-NONE! CONGRATS:)
gmjhowe6 years ago
great instructable, just like that, it was made! ive been eyeing up the structural joints at my local wickes for making something along these lines, this has deffinatly helped. thanx, maybe i can finally replace my kenex laptop stand
haha. K'nex laptop stand? your laptop must be light as a feather for the K'nex to hold it up!
Actually, if you contruct the knex properly it works a treat - see following www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Laptop-Macbook-Uber-Docking-Stand/ and also
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I never get bored with all these k-nex instructables. too bad I broke all of them in half a long time ago. hehe
you can buy the stuff dirt cheap nowadays car boot is ur best bet!
Hey thanks for this it works great the only problem is my nearest home depot does not carry the same Simpson but it was no problem I found one that was a little smaller but we bought an extra for it so we drilled some holes and attached the extra on and everything works perfect thank you here are some pics
very nice, we also have laptops that need stands. Good Instructable
fishlee6 years ago
Simple!! Cheap! Great job!! I'm going to have to make this one! THANKS
WOW, great Instructable! Images are very good, very easy steps to follow, everything is just awesome. Amazingly done job, +1 rating.

I really hope to see more from you.
mutface6 years ago
That instructable is awesome! I'm using it right now!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Great instructable, and nice MacBook pro I'd put stoppers on the other end of the dowels so it doesn't scratch it
Brennn106 years ago
Great instructions! This definitely will come in handy when I eventually purchase a laptop.
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