Everybody Else Is Making a Laptop Stand, So Why Can't I?




About: So many things to learn and make, so little time! I like things that are cool, useful, efficient, well crafted.

Or how I transformed a tray into a laptop stand.

We don't have TV, but we like to lay on a blanket and watch DVDs on the laptop.

This laptop stand will insure good stability and air flow.

Step 1: A Laptop, a Blanket, and a Tray

So we have a new big laptop (they've become both big and cheap these days), and my worry is that the blanket could obstruct the laptop vents and lead it to overheat.

We also have a very nice and stylish looking tray, made of plywood and melamine. The designer thought it would look cool with only two raised edges (and I found it too). But the surface is very smooth and thus slippery. As a result, things slide too easily, and the tray is quite unusable, as such. (To find similar trays, see www.esprit.co.uk/, or www.cb2.com/family.aspx)

Fortunately, these two problems happened to nicely merge into a one solution.

Step 2: Additional Needed Stuff

  • four small screws
  • wood sticks, of quite hard kind (beech, not pine)
  • epoxy glue

  • saw, jigsaw (or power tool)
  • sand block (or power tool)
  • drill
  • clamps
  • screwdriver

Step 3: Back and Front

Cut two sticks to "appropriate length" (fitting your computer) for the back, and one for the front.

Screw the back sticks together (pre-drill) to avoid bends, and stick them together with epoxy. Clamp them together.

Carefully and precisely drill holes on the sticks. Pre-drill the tray without damaging it (this is the only tricky step).

Screw the front and back sticks to the tray.

Step 4: Sides

Cut the side sticks to desired length, glue them with epoxy to the front and back ones. Clamp and let well dry (er... polymerize). Unscrew from tray.

Mark rounded corners, and CAREFULLY saw them round.

Sand all corners.

Screw frame back to tray.

Step 5: Finished Product

It can even serve as carrying tray for the mains adaptor, and an USB external hard disk.

Step 6: It Is Easy to Grip From All Sides

Step 7: The Vents Are Free

Air flow is now optimal.

Step 8: Cheers!

The tray can still serve its original purpose (in a slightly less stylish, but safer way).

That was my contribution to the 100+ laptop stands around here.  Thanks for reading.



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    41 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent work! This project would look cool in a steampunk theme!


    8 years ago on Step 5

    That's so cute, in a sense. And it also solves the cooling problem. Good job!


    8 years ago on Step 1

    Its kind of funny because I have the EXACT same laptop it's a compaq cq60 right? I've also been looking for a good way to cool it because when it overheats (which it does a lot) it shuts down.

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    8 years ago on Step 2

    hey i would love to make one of these myself .. would you mind telling me where you got that tray from .. i absolutely love the look of your laptops stand .. i voted for this


    9 years ago on Step 5

     Haha I have same laptop....
    Your Stand has to be the most beautiful of the lot. GREAT JOB!!!! for a more permanent application, you could modify it to pump water under there.Or at least fix a fan to accentuate the air flow. But what ever you do DO NOT use USB power 1. you are wasting your battery juice, 2. powering up through a usb generates more heat.


    9 years ago on Step 8

    Great Ideal. It kinda looks like it has enought room for a small fan just to put some airflow. But for saving money this would be the best.


    9 years ago on Step 8

     you should think of selling them, there are not alot on the market that are cheap =)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice one! As i type this, I can feel my laptop burning a hole in my leg.

    Speaking of which, what type of laptop is that?

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