Time to combine may portable little laptop with the stability of a tripod, time for a laptop tripod!
Whether you're in the field writing a report or stuck in an office looking for a place to set down your computer, a laptop tripod should have you covered. Depending on the type of tripod you have there is a maximum weight and size limit your laptop will be able to hold, so remix the dimensions and ideas here to make your own.
Enough talk, let's make something!
Step 1: Tools + Materials
Step 2: Laptop Deck
Start by measuring out your laptop dimensions, then add another 50mm (2") to each side as a buffer edging that will be installed later. The dimensions for my laptop were 260mmx184mm (10.25"x7.25"), plus the buffer gives final dimensions of 310mmx234mm (12.25"x9.25").
Mark out dimensions on plywood, then cut out. Lightly sand edges to remove burrs.
Step 3: Install Tee Nut
To ensure a good bond between nut and the underside of the deck I chose a tee nut, which has a longer neck than regular nuts. The one I found also had teeth along the edge which allowed it to bite into the wood.
The nut will need to be located in the centre of the underside of the deck. To locate the centre simply draw a straight line between diagonally opposite corners, where the lines intersect is the centre.
Next, drill an opening slightly larger than diameter of the tee nut. Do not drill through the deck, just enough to sink the nut and have the teeth bite. Apply some glue in opening and hammer in tee nut.
Step 4: Molding Edges
Cut molding to length and width of your deck, then cut 45 degrees on each end. Lightly sand away burrs to ensure a snug fit.
Apply glue to underside of molding and clamp in place around perimeter of deck to dry.
Step 5: Add Legs
40mm (1.5") Scrap dowel was cut into four equal lengths of about 50mm (2"), then glued onto the underside one at each corner.
Step 6: Add Tubing
Cut a length of tubing longer than the length of your deck (about 150mm [6"] extra). Staple one end to the underside of the deck near the edge, in the other end insert a bolt.
Next pull the tubing to wrap around the deck and mark the location where the bolt meets the underside, install two screws on either side of the tubing at the location marked. Do not install the screws flush with the underside of the deck, leave screw heads proud. The latex tube should be able to pass through the two screws and the bold will catch, securing the tubing taught against your laptop when placed on deck.
Step 7: Install Laptop
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