Netbook Stand Made From Ikea Picture Frame

Introduction: Netbook Stand Made From Ikea Picture Frame

About: Green, downsized, dropped out, lifehacking, office cubicle refugee

A friend gave me a pair of Ikea Reslig picture frames that they no longer needed.  Being a minimalist and never hanging anything on walls other than shelves, I had to find another use for these frames.

I have an HP 2133 netbook that used to overheat and freeze (as in stop) all the time. After updating from the version 1 BIOS to the version 4, I had the option to run the fan continuously, which stopped the netbook from freezing.

However, the netbook still gets quite hot, which can be very uncomfortable when the netbook is on my lap. After sorting my obtainium pile, I noticed the frames and the idea to use one as a laptop stand came to mind.

Initially, I just removed the LDPE "glass" and used the frame as was but the hardboard, which acts as a backing to any picture would warm up and eventually dissipate heat to my legs. It was time to mod the frame!

With a little inventiveness you could use any kind of frame or any similar materials.

Materials and tools used were:

Ikea Resling picture frame
Extra piece of hardboard and some tinned sheet from my obtainium pile.
Tin snips
4 x replacement bolts (longer than the original ones in the frame)

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Step 1: Preparing the Frame #1

In the following photograph we see the frame. It is metal and held together with four bolts.

Rather than glass, IKEA uses LDPE because it is cheap and that's how IKEA likes to do things.

I put the LDPE sheet on my obtainium pile so that it can be used for another project.

Under the plastic sheet is a piece of hardboard, which we will use in this project.

Step 2: Preparing the Frame #2

An extra sheet of hardboard was cut to fill in the back of the frame. This created an air gap between the upper part of the stand and the bottom thus keeping heat away from the legs.

You can make out the bolts in the four corners of the frame. These bolts were replaced with longer ones. The hardboard was drilled to accept these longer bolts.

Step 3: Preparing the Frame #3

A sheet of tinned steel was cut from an old vegetable oil drum using tin snips. The size is equal to the original backing board that came with the frame.

Be careful when holding the edges of the sheet as it will be very sharp.

The sheets was then cleaned using soap and a plastic scrubbing pad to remove old vegetable oil.

Make sure the sheet is dried very thoroughly as this sheet will rust if given the chance to.

Step 4: Assembling the Frame

The frame was reassembled by using the tinned sheet in place of the LDPE sheet. The original hardboard backing holds the sheet in place.

The newly cut piece of hardboard was bolted onto the back of the frame using new longer bolts with washers.

Step 5: The Completed Stand

The stand works perfectly for my needs. The metal sheet dissipates heat such that the sheet never gets too hot to the touch. Any heat on the lower hardboard is "user generated".

My netbook doesn't get too hot so as to require an additional fan. However, the frame has enough depth in it so that one could be added.

A 5V supply from one of the netbook's USB port could supply an old PC fan mounted inside the frame with holes drilled into the side of the frame and through the metal sheet and hardboard backing.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you.

    Well, it lasted longer than the net book.

    So now I have a lonely stand sitting in the cupboard.