In this instructable I will be showing how to make a simple, wooden laptop cooling stand. This laptop stand will help to keep your laptop cool by elevating it and the open underneath design. This will prevent your laptop from overheating when you are running a big program. As an added benefit it also puts your wrists on a more comfortable angle making typing a more enjoyable experience.
Step 1: Material That Are Required to Make This Stand
The materials that are need to make this stand are really simple and easy to find/purchase.
- wood(any type is fine however I used wood that was 1/2 inch thick)
- four finely threaded screws
- band saw( use of a jig saw or scroll saw would also work)
- drill press and electric cordless drill.( drill press was only used to make perfectly straight pilot holes but the cordless drill could also work just fine)
Step 2: Marking and Cutting the Wood
First we need to mark the wood were we will cut. The measurements for the sides I have uploaded from a google sketchup file. The middle cross members are 1/2 x 12 inches.
After the wood is marked we are ready to cut it out. I used a band saw to make all of my cuts for this project but the use of a jig saw or even a scroll saw could be used.
Step 3: Sanding, Drilling, and Fastening
Once all the pieces are cut out it is a good idea to sand all the surfaces. Once this is completed you can drill the pilot holes. The places where the pilot holes need to be drilled are in the Smetchup file. I used a drill press to make the holes, however, using a cordless drill could also be used to make the holes.
Once the holes are drilled you can screw the fine thread screws into the two cross members. This can be seen completed in the second and third photo above.
Repeat this process again on the other side and you will be done!
Step 4: Finished Product and Final Thoughts
Once you have screwed everything together it is good to give it one more sand over to make sure all the rough surfaces have been smoothed out. Now you have completed your simple easy computer cooling stand.
- I thought it would be a bit overkill but when you are screwing the cross members to the two sides if you use a wood glue then this could add to the durability overall.
- staining was not done on the one in the picture but I will definitely consider doing that in the future to improve the overall look and appeal.
- for the cross members to prevent splitting a solid piece of wood would work much better!
Leave in the comments anything you think that could be improved on or added. All feedback is appropriated.