The shape that you see in the images below is the result. I'm pretty happy with it; it's really pleasing to the eye, and is a very stable platform for my Macbook (though it should work for most laptops 12" or wider.)
The third picture on this step is my old laptop stand, which will give you an idea of why I wanted to make a nicer one (yes, it's a piece of plywood on four coffee tins.) The new stand has a number of benefits. It:
- Raises the screen up higher, closer to an ideal height for my eyes (and putting the webcam at a more natural angle.)
- Tilts the body down, for easier touchpad and keyboard use, for the occasional times when I type on the laptop in its stand.
- Makes the desk feel less cluttered.
- Mirrors the form of my ergonomic keyboard.
Step 1: Brainstorming and Initial Design
The first step was to break out a pencil and start sketching. I played with a couple of ideas before settling on the one at the bottom of the page. The basic idea was a distorted plane, with three points touching the desk surface and three points hitting the bottom of the laptop. The side view (on the right) shows how the whole thing should be squeezed to angle the laptop.