Introduction: Tools With Toys - Multi-Purpose Stand

I got the idea to build a stand out of k'nex for my ipad mini. I got out my collection of k'nex and came up with a small iPad mini stand. I then began experimenting with larger stands for 3-ring binders, sheet music, and the like. This is the final multi-purpose stand made entirely from k'nex. If you think this is cool, I am entered in the k'nex contest and your vote would be greatly appreciated.

Step 1: Bill of Materials

Rods

Dark Blue x22

Green x12

Grey x1

Red x4

White x6

Yellow x12

Connectors

Dark Blue with slide x13

Purple with slide x13

White x4

Yellow x13


Step 2: Base

Parts Needed:

Rods:

Dark Blue x4

Red x1

Yellow x6

Connectors:

Dark Blue x7

Purple x7

White x1

Yellow x1

Build the above structure in picture 1. Pay attention to the direction of the pieces. Then build and connect picture 2.

Step 3: Main Supports

Parts Needed:

Rods:

Dark Blue x3

Red x1

Yellow x1

Connectors:

Purple x1

Yellow x1

Build two of picture 1 and attach them on either side as shown in picture 2.

Step 4: Backing Support

Parts Needed:

Rods:

Dark Blue x8

Green x2

Yellow x4

Connectors:

White x1

Yellow x3

Build picture 1 and connect it as shown in pictures 2 and 3.

Step 5: Face

Parts Needed:

Rods:

Dark Blue x4

Green x2

Red x1

White x6

Connectors:

Dark Blue x2

White x2

Yellow x3

Build Pictures 1 and 2. Picture 1 connects as shown in picture 3 and picture 2 connects as shown in picture 4.

Step 6: Corner Pieces

Pieces Needed:

Rods:

Green x6

Connectors:

Dark Blue x4

Purple x4

Build the two structures in picture one. They are NOT identical, they are opposites. The one on the left is connected as shown in pictures 2 and 3. The one on the right is connected as shown in pictures 4 and 5.

Step 7: Back to Face Connectors

Pieces Needed:

Rods:

Green x2

Connectors:

Yellow x4

Build two of picture 1. They connect as shown in pictures 2 and 3.

Step 8: The Final Touch

Parts Needed:

Rods:

Grey x1

Connectors:

Grey x4

Build picture 1 and connect it as shown in pictures 2 and 3.

Step 9: Finished!

Congratulations! You have just built a durable, multi-purpose stand. You can use it to hold an iPad, homework, music books, or anything else that would fit on it! As I said before, if you think this was cool, I am entered in the k'nex contest and your vote would be greatly appreciated.

Step 10: Weight Testing

Per request of tomatoskins, I did some weight testing on this stand. As you can see in the pictures, I got a bucket and filled it with books. The whole thing weighed about 22 pounds. I then put it on my stand. The stand stood up very well and showed no signs of breaking.

Comments

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sandroknexmaster (author)2015-04-18

Nice and clear instructions, good job!

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Pure Carbon (author)2015-12-18

Fantastic pictures! They are certainly better than mine.

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k-labit (author)Pure Carbon2015-12-21

Thanks. The pictures were taken in front of a piece of newsprint. You can get blank stuff from a newspaper for about $10.00. Just ask for an end roll.

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tomatoskins (author)2015-04-15

How much weight can your stand hold?

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k-labit (author)tomatoskins2015-04-16

I've tested to about 22 pounds. The stand stood up well and showed no signs of breaking.

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tomatoskins (author)k-labit2015-04-16

Then it should be able to hold the biggest of books!

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k-labit (author)tomatoskins2015-04-21

Yes! It could hold up just about anything that you would want to put on it.

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