This is a very easy to make and inexpensive tripod mount for iPads or any tablet really. It is made from a piece of PVC drain pipe and a t-nut. The funnest part of this project is the unique way the pipe is flattened to become the iPad case.
This project was adapted from a YouTube video. The original design would not quite fit my tripod so I made a new mounting bracket.
Step 1: Materials
14" of 4" PVC schedule 20 drain pipe
1 1/4" #20 t-nut
Step 2: Tools
25mm (1") round saw
5/8" drill bit
drill or drill press
Dremel with cutting wheel and grinder
sander or sand paper
heat gun (not shown)
Step 3: Cut the pipe
Cut about 14" of 4" schedule 20 PVC drain pipe. It should be a few inches wider than the long side of the iPad. Then make a single cut lengthwise down the pipe.
Step 4: Preheat
Wait until your wife is out of the afternoon. Preheat your oven to 210 F. You are going to bake the PVC for about 6 minutes or until it is flat. Don't worry this should not produce any smell.
Step 5: Flatten the PVC
Bake the PVC in a 210 F oven for about six minutes or until it is mostly flat. Use a cookie sheet so that the oven shelf does not leave any marks. Once the PVC is mostly flat, remove it from the oven. The PVC will be soft like pie crust dough. Put a cutting board and a pitcher of tea on top of the PVC so that it will cool completely flat.
Step 6: Sand
Sand off all the labeling, marks and stains from both sides of the PVC.
Step 7: Template
Draw a template on a piece of card stock. Transfer or copy the template to another piece of card stock. Use the second piece of card stock to make a prototype. Make sure all of the iPad's buttons and connectors are not obstructed. Adjust your master template if needed.