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So, I recently made the choice of buying an iPad. So far it has been great, but I needed somewhere to dock and use the iPad when it was not in use. Or to allow me to have a desktop experience with the iPad.

A few examples include:
  • Using the iPad as a separate instant messaging portal (with the bluetooth keyboard
  • Setting up the iPad for visitors to browse the internet
  • Using the iPad as a digital picture frame
  • Raising the iPad to a better height to use it as an extra screen for my iMac
  • Give my desk extra room under the iPad to keep other accessories
  • Just to look wicked cool
So, here is how I made a simple iPad stand, for a reasonable amount of money.

I understand that the iPad can easily be a controversial subject, and many flame wars can easily spark from the idea of putting the iPad in an iMac like stand, however I kindly ask that you hold back on flamey comments, and save them for the forums.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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  • An iMac aluminium stand - Due to the large number of iMac models with this stand, these are fairly easy to pick up on ebay, expect to pay between £10-£20
  • ~3mm Styrene sheets
  • Leather
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Hot glue gun
  • Metallic paint (optional)
  • Metallic Tape (optional)
  • Stanley Knife, Boxcutter
  • G clamp
  • Hot air gun
  • Hot glue gun
  • Coping Saw
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Drill (hand or electric will work
  • Metal Rule
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Brush for paint (optional) 
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Looks very clean. I like it.

Krayzi992 years ago
Hey, Nice Ible. One more step to add, though; if you use a pc (you cant ake the monitor off later) and use a vnc program for it, you can hook it up to an ipad(if it is jailbroken) and it will add a cursor to the ipad screen, and you use the pc's mouse for this. Try it sometime.
who wants portal for their ipod/i phone/ ipad?
(to The Nerdling) How? I haven't seen an app, I guess it would be possible you just would only have one app and it would be like watching a slideshow. If its chunky on a laptop, it would be extremely hard to make it for an iphone. If it is possible, TELL ME WHERE! I would love it.

-building king

P.S. (To the author) I wish the ipad could have microsoft word, or have java and flash on the browser. I love the idea!
sorry not portal but a games portal to launch other games
Hay if ya want something like word that apple made on the app store, it called Pages $9.99 on da app store
It is imposible, they aren't powerful enough.
yes they are, i downoaded it from the itunes store but i can't put it on anyone elses i thingy becaus it has a cirtificate which doesn 't allow you to sync it to your i thingy only one connected to my computer
Really? I think you are making this up, so only you can use it but you downloaded it from the iTunes store?

Pics or it didn't happen
He is lying (or badly mistaken) it is possible to run it (Here is proof) however it never made it to the iTunes store.
How so?
CaseBoy dombeef4 years ago
challenge accepted
sramos83 years ago
OK, thats cool dude, do want!
Mr Williams4 years ago
Nice! Where did you get your coolio speakers?
they came with the imac g4 when it came out
gmjhowe (author)  darbar1014 years ago
If you split the cables leading to the speaker (after the little splitter circle) you can just wire them clean onto a standard 3.5mm jack. Most computers put out enough power to drive them.

I currently use them on my iMac.
prodo1235 years ago
Wicked cool. However, just a comment. You took apart an iMac (~$1500-$2000) to get the base for an iPad ($400-$900+)? Don't you think it's really expensive?
...and this was before I knew that the iMac could have its stand removed for wall mounting...
gmjhowe (author)  prodo1234 years ago
Well, I already owned the iPad, that was, and still being used for computing tasks from day to day.

The iMac stand was £10 off ebay :P
MCzone prodo1234 years ago
you can buy the stand at ebay for like $20
Dude, read the materials list, just below iMac stand.... You can buy them for 40 bucks...
People remove the stands so they can attach a VESA mount to the back of the iMac. There's no reason to have the stand anymore so they sell it :)
gmjhowe (author)  prodo1235 years ago
The Stand cost me £10, the iPad cost me £70. Go figure :P
An iPad for £70? Who the what now?
gmjhowe (author)  fungus amungus5 years ago
Well, thats a half truth of sorts. I scavenged a couple bits of rundundent tech, which I then sold to fund said iPad. So about 30minutes work scrounging, and 30minutes work listing on ebay, and I was £360 towards my iPad. Sorry to disappoint.
Looks like someone didn't read step 1
abadfart4 years ago
another idea would be to link a mouse and get a full office program and IM then just move everything but music, office, IM, picture viewer, and internet to another window and there you have a basic computer
abadfart4 years ago
you could also integrate a power cable in to keep it charged
finnrambo4 years ago
lol I looked at this instructable and it took me like 5 minutes to start to realize what it was... congrats man!
a cookie4 years ago
i wonder if this idea works for a kindle...
DJ Radio4 years ago
I read that Apple is filing a patent for a design with a touch screen on a stand that can go up and down, similar to what you have, except that it switches between mac and iPad when you move it's position.

In any case, congratz for beating apple on a design.
lol so true, u totally beat them is they are making a touchscreen imac
i <3 flame wars
tgdvw4 years ago
Loved your idea. I took it up a notch. http://www.lessthanslashthree.com/post/1577923948/diy-ipad-stand

gmjhowe (author)  tgdvw4 years ago
Great find on that netbook stand thing! Made it work brilliantly.

Thanks for sharing!
hounddogger4 years ago
very cool next on my project list.
Well done project. I rated 5.0. post more.
gmjhowe (author)  Macworldwizardz5 years ago
Thanks, I am always working on some project, more will come for sure.
It awesome! Your very much welcome! I am too always coming up with instructable ideas weither if its with cooking or computers, something always comes up! I have a really great homemade Garlic Cheese Toast recipe thats awesome and I hope to have that instructable up and posted by the end of next month, but IDK if i'll have time to take snapshots of everything, edit them, post them, and do an instructable on them before the end of next month!
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