Introduction: Stylish Tablet Stand (cheap)

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I wanted a cheap tablet stand that didn't look clunky, chunky or obtrusive on my desk. This is what I came up with in about 15 minutes with a chunk of 3" pvc.
I hope you like it enough to copy it.

Step 1: No Pictures of Work in Progess

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I did not take pictures of the work in progress.
All I did was cut a 1.5" ring of pvc off the section, mark the lines and cut with a coping saw. 
I filed the rough edges and sanded everything smooth.
I painted it gloss black to match the tablet face and finished with clear coat.

Step 2: Finished Product

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Three shots of the finished stand.
I hope you like it enough to make one for yourself.


mr87third (author)2013-08-23

nice simple but clean. nice work.

Russellain (author)2012-11-06

Thanks my new LG Intuition has been driving me nuts there is or was no mount for my car, till I saw yours and now I have one that's going to make my 1hr + commute and audible so much better. Just 15 minutes and an idea I wish I had.

andamas (author)Russellain2013-05-20

I was also thinking of something similar, like the garmin beanbag (dashboard) mount. Have you successfully made one?

andamas (author)2013-05-20

Hey, My slots are cut at about 15 degrees, I suppose you could use a chop saw (or similar) to get a rough cut of the angles. However, I tend to like hand work for fine adjustments.
For the first passes, I used a large bastard file to cut through both slots at once, then a finer file to clean it up.
You could probably use a dremel (or similar) but you'd have to clamp the pipe and brace your hand.

nwmshp (author)2013-05-20

Could someone please post dimensions? I can't seem to get my angles correct and it's driving me crazy! Fortunately the pvc I'm using is scrap but I still hate to waste anything.

MXR789 (author)2012-08-01

Very cool, I think I may try this using some 2" pipe I have lying around.

MXR789 (author)MXR7892012-08-01

Tried and failed. I find it very difficult to cut the slots through the pipe, especially keeping it symmetrical.

andamas (author)MXR7892012-08-02

I created a template to that wrapped around half of the piece, and started from the same line in both directions. After cutting away the notch with a coping say, leaving some excess, I used a file to get the desired profile.
Mine piece is 1.5" high at the back and 1" high at the front. The back of the notches are on the centerline of the pipe section and the front of the notches (depending on your tablet) are about .5" wide.

Luckily, PVC pipe is cheap enough to throw away if you make a mistake.
Try again!

MXR789 (author)andamas2012-08-02

Wow, thanks for the reply, I will definitely try again using your template method. So you cut out the notches straight down, then filed them at an angle at the same time? Brilliant! (If that's not what you did, you're still brilliant) If I can get It to work, I will definitely post a picture of it.

andamas (author)MXR7892012-08-02

I did cut them at an angle and cleaned them up, following the template.

MXR789 (author)andamas2012-08-04

Second attempt. I used a template this time and managed to screw up the base. It needs some work still, so I may just start over and try again. I need to take a bit of a break for now though.

andamas (author)MXR7892012-08-04

Not bad, it took me a couple of tries before I was satisfied with the result. Do you have access to a bandsaw? That will make it much easier (and a little more dangerous) but then all you'll have to focus on is moving the piece, not the saw.
Keep at it, I am working on a custom bay for my portable HDD and it takes a lot of fitting and patience.

gserrano701 (author)2012-07-09

Very nice, dead simple and low cost, congratulations and thanks for sharing

andamas (author)2011-11-11

I wanted to keep the stand from sliding on my desk, but couldn't think of a great solution until I wandered around my workshop and was struck by inspiration.
I smeared a very thin layer of clear silicone caulk around the base, let it dry, and voila! A simple, non-skid base.

chaitanyak (author)2011-10-22

love the simplicity of it!

andamas (author)chaitanyak2011-10-22

Thanks! I appreciate your comment.

bsteopher (author)2011-10-19

This is one of the best tablet. The tablet, will run on Google's Android platform, with WiFi connectivity for internet access and cloud storage.

andamas (author)2011-09-28

I'm pleased that you like it.

atombomb1945 (author)2011-09-28

Very cool. Looks like something one would find out of the old Sharper Image stores.

strick (author)2011-09-28

This is fantastic! Cheap, easy and good-looking. I'll be making one of these for myself... and probably another one for the wife when she sees it. Thanks!

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Bio: I am a high school social studies teacher; Government & Economics, US History and Psychology. Tinkering and Instructables are a my downtime activities.
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