Step 1: Tools and Materials
90 degree marker
Cross cut saw
Paneling 5/32 inch thick
Step 2: Create a Template
The diagonal on my stand is 75 degrees. With my tablet in portrait, the lowest angle is 50 degrees. The viewing angles will depend upon the height of your tablet for every angle except the most vertical,
Step 3: Prepare Wood Rectangle
To use panelling for this project you need to do the following.
- Determine the finished size that you will need. Your template should be able to fit onto the piece of wood twice.
- Cut two pieces to match.
- Glue the pieces together, back to back. Be sure to spread the glue on the entire surface so the pieces are completely bonded together.
- Use two thicker pieces of wood as a press. Tightly clamp everything together.
- Wait 24 to 48 hours.
- Trim the edges of the glued piece of wood and ensure the corners are square.
Step 4: Draw the Pattern Onto the Wood
Use a pencil to trace your template onto the wood panel. Place the 90 degree corner of each side of your stand on opposite corners. You will need to align these corners in the next step. If your corners are not square you can just align your template with one straight edge and then cut the bottom when the pieces are put together. Each side of the stand should at least have the back edge straight at this point.
When drawing one side of the stand consider the thickness of your tablet. You can find a drill bit larger than your tablet thickness to make cutting out the 'steps' of the stand easier.
Draw another cut line between the two sides of your stand. This will be used to cut the panel in half so that both sides of the panel may be cut simultaneously. This will ensure both sides of the stand match.
Step 5: Place the Two Sides Together
- Cut between the two stand sides.
- Align the 90 degree corners of the stand.
- Determine the location of your hinge.
- Mark where the hinge will go
- Chisel a channel for the hinge
- Attach the hinge ( I added some super glue and screwed the hinge fast)
Step 6: Cut the Stand Out of the Panel
If you are going to drill out the 'steps' of the stand do it first. It is best to drill from both sides so the panelling will not break. You can use a smaller bit to make a pilot all the way through and then use the large bit on both sides.
The outer layer of panelling can break off when sawing. It is best to use a cross cut saw or something with a lot of teeth per inch. Take your time when cutting.
Finish by rounding off the corners and cleaning up the edges with a file and sandpaper.
Step 7: Angle the Edges
When the stand is opened up the steps of the stand must be angled so they are straight across. The edge of the stand that the back of the tablet rests against should also be angled. The angles can be created by using a chisel and file. See the images for clarification.
Step 8: Finish the Edges
- Round the corners
- Sand all the rough spots
- Stain the edges with a light colored stain (optional). Perform a test on another piece of panel before attempting this. The sides may stain much darker than you would like.