Stand for Teacher's Tablet




Introduction: Stand for Teacher's Tablet

About: Artist, maker, teacher.

Our schools are to be digitised. I have been working with laptops, document cameras and beamers for a long time. Thankfully, all the teachers at my school have now received a tablet computer (ipad Air 4th generation), which I am still learning to use for each subject.

Unfortunately, not all classrooms have document cameras anymore. The tablet must now replace these. At our school, the image from the tablet is transmitted wirelessly to the projector via an Apple TV box, but this can certainly also be done via the USB connection.

But surely I can't hold the computer all the time when I want to show a worksheet to my students? And I also have to stand a lot.

That's why I just build a base for my work equipment!

One board = two stands.

Conditions: Easy and quick to build, even for colleagues, little material, practical and handy, eco-friendly.

[ A colleague ordered a plastic iPad stand. Well... it doesn't inspire much confidence in the stability.]


Board 100x 40 cm, ~1.8 cm thick

Biscuit plate Joiner

Biscuit plates "No.10"


Paint, glue

Circular saw/ jigsaw

Update: This is a new plan that differs from some of the photos (see Step 5).

Step 1: Cutting

Parts list:

Base plate, L-shaped

2 side panels

Support strip - helps a lot with stability!

Upper plate

The dimensions are designed to fit an ipad Air over an A4 page or US letter.

Saw out the five pieces from the board with a circular saw or jigsaw. Note the thickness of the saw blade when marking. It is best to draw and saw piece by piece.

For the top panel: Drill a hole or cut off a corner for the camera.

Step 2: Sanding

Afterwards, especially the edges are rounded and smoothed with sand paper. You can also use an electric sander.

Step 3: Biscuit Plate Joiner Cutting & Assembly

For this step, I may assume you have a little handicraft experience.

The most elegant way to connect the pieces is to use Lamello plates. You can also use conventional wooden dowels.

Screws would also work, but don't look that nice.

  1. First draw the position of the side pieces on the large base plate. Then cut the Lamello slots in the plate. The slits can be a little longer than the Lamello plates. So you can move the side pieces a little bit if necessary.
  2. Cut Lamello slits in the top and bottom of the end faces of the side panels.
  3. Now you can insert plates into the slots (without glue at first) and press the side pieces onto the base plate.
  4. You can attach the smaller panel for the tablet, mark the position of the side panels from below and cut the slots in the underside of the panel.

Does everything fit? Then you can fix all parts with glue: Apply glue to the slots, small plates and the contact surfaces of the individual parts and put them together. Now press firmly and carefully remove the excess glue with a wet cloth. Allow to dry for several hours

Step 4: Sanding and Painting

You can leave the surface raw, which also has its charm.

I would not recommend oiling it, as this could stain the surface of the tablet computer.

Surface treatment:

Sand the wood carefully with 240 grit sandpaper.

Moisten the wood well with a wet cloth, allow the wood to dry completely.

(The wetness makes the wood fibres stand out).

Sand again with fine sandpaper.

Paint in colour or clear - with a brush or spray.

[ You can avoid surface treatment if you use coated multiplex panels straight away.].

Good teaching, dear colleagues!

Step 5: Update

The base plate is already a bit too big and heavy. That's why I cut it and the top plate a little to size - differently from what you see in most of the photos.

The stand is nevertheless stable and the iPad has enough space even with the keyboard open.

And this is a nice coincidence: I can now make two shelves from a 40x120 cm board.

Environmentally friendly, economical, no metal, no plastic, compostable!

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    Question 7 months ago on Step 5

    Nice design. Efficient and useful.

    One thing I don’t understand, there is a piece that is cut 21 x 2.6 cm. I can’t spot where it appears in the final assembly. What am I missing?

    Markus Opitz
    Markus Opitz

    Answer 7 months ago

    I'm sorry I didn't explain the parts better. The small piece of wood supports the whole construction under the top plate.
    My Instructable has now been updated at "Step 1: Cutting" with pictures. Thanks for the hint!


    Question 7 months ago

    You’ve done an excellent job, I like the natural wood. But please explain how the image on the iPad gets projected onto the wall behind. That’s the confusing part because technology has left me behind. Thank you.

    Markus Opitz
    Markus Opitz

    Answer 7 months ago

    I'm sorry that I didn't explain the technics better. wcdove and bruce.desertrat are right.
    The Instructable has now been updated. Thank you for the hint and the interest!


    Answer 7 months ago

    The Ipad is connected wirelessly to the projector either bluetooth or wifi


    Answer 7 months ago

    Don't know about his school, but in our classrooms we share the screens with zoom, which the the very large monitors mounted on the wall now connect to (we've been doing this kind of thing since the mid-2010's because we have classes that are taught on two campuses in two different cities simultaneously; we used a different setup than Zoom, but from the teaching perspective it was the same.)

    There are also projector systems that allow wifi connection to display as well.

    Since these are iPads, they could also just use Apple TV boxes connected to a projector and use AirPlay to show the images on the wall.


    7 months ago

    Nice !
    It would be even more handy if it was possible to collapse the stand for transportation.
    In case of not in posession of a tablet, might even be usefull for a laptop with an external USB webcam which would be mounted to the top of the stand where the tablet camera would normally be.
    Well done!