Hey everyone! Since its summer, the inevitable pressure of feeling like I'm wasting all my free time overcame me, and as a result I made a new laptop stand! It's meant to accommodate my laptop over the receiver for my surround sound system, but feel free to adapt it to whatever you need from your stand.
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Step 1: Materials
Before I bought anything, I decided to draw a general plan of what I wanted the stand to look like. I settled on a design that would hold my laptop and the center speaker above the receiver. Feel free to design something that fits your needs, but these materials are what I needed for my design. I got all these materials from my local hardware store (OSH, in my case):
- 2 T-shaped PVC couplings
- 4 PVC caps (2 not pictured)
- 10 elbow PVC couplings
- Roughly 8 feet of PVC
- Spray paint-I chose a cool-looking matte black
- A Dremel or some tool that can cut a lengthwise hole in a strip of PVC
- A hacksaw/something to cut the PVC
- A wooden board (not pictured)
- PVC cement or something to secure the pieces in the couplings (not pictured)
Step 2: Cutting
This step is pretty self-explanatory, just make rough measurements of what you need the PVC to be and make the cuts. For the "shelf" I made using the wooden board, I wanted to make sure it was really sturdy so I routed a section of the two PVC sections that I wanted to hold the wooden board and notched the board (pictured above) so that the two would fit together like perpendicular puzzle pieces.
Step 3: Assembly and Testing
Now just fit the pieces in the couplings until you have a laptop stand! Kinda sounds like magic. Now put it in place and give it a test run. If you need to adjust any of the pieces, go ahead and do it now, because the stand is gonna become pretty permanent in the next step.
Step 4: Gluing and Spray Painting
While I was testing it, I realized that the PVC was wildly unstable and I didn't want my expensive laptop to come crashing down on my expensive receiver, so I glued the joints that didn't need to rotate. After that, I lightly sanded all the PVC to remove any lumps and to help the spray paint stick better, and I removed the stickers on the couplings to make everything look more professional. Then I sprayed 3 layers of paint until everything was adequately coated.
Step 5: Final Touches
And there you have it! Your very own laptop stand! I added a few felt bumpers on the bottom and where the laptop would sit. Feel free to leave comments about how you made yours unique or if I was unclear at any point in the Instructable. Let me know how your stands turn out!