Introduction: Work/Play Laptop Stand
I have my desk arranged in a certain way, with my home laptop sitting in one corner. My current job allows me the opportunity to occasionally work from home. Since my job usually consists of plenty of CAD work, I try to avoid working straight off of my laptop. I don't want to pay for a dock, and I find most laptop stands are reminiscent of cubicle life and not the home. This Instructable will allow you to stack multiple laptops for about $10.00 and an hour or two of your life. Presenting: Work/Play, the minimalist laptop stand.
Step 1: Materials
I wanted this stand to be built from off-the shelf material and require minimum woodwork.
Purchase a 3/4 x16 x 36 board at your local hardware store. I purchased side-glued paint-grade panel, not the strongest as you will see. The 16" width is perfect for most laptops. I had the associate cut the following lengths: 13", 13", 4", and 5.5" ( the remainder).
These dimensions are dependent on the size of your laptops.
I also purchased a pack of #8 x 1 1/4 flathead wood screws.
Step 2: Assembly
As I mentioned in the previous step, hobby board is not always the strongest. Makes sure to predrill and countersink! My original plan was use the 4" board as the back but....(I think I just had my mechanical engineering degree revoked). I decided to use that piece of scrap as support and used the remainder as the backing.
Since this project is meant to be easily customizable, feel free to mess around with the dimensions. My home laptop has no connections in the back, so I did not need much depth.
Notice, in the last image, the plastic corner support I added. I think this is the part of a bookshelf that secures it to the wall.
Step 3: Finish
The second tier can also be used for your monitor.
I plan on painting this. From an industrial design perspective, this is meant to be a piece of furniture like your table or bookshelf, instead of a cubicle accessory. I would like to give it a lacquer finish in white.
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