Super Easy Free Adjustable Tablet-Stand From Cd Spindle




About: I'm a Dutch guy doing things with music and technology. At the moment I'm finishing my MSc in Industrial Design. Not limiting myself to any genre or discipline, I like to work on anything related to music, d...

So I love to use my tablet for nearly all basic internet browsing; email, facebook, reddit, skype etc. But one thing that's constantly annoyed me, is that when I watch a (youtube) video, I have to keep holding the tablet steadily in front of me with one hand. This gets tiresome so I wanted to have some sort of stand. 

Looking around on the internet, there are a lot of different types stands available, but they're quite expensive, yet very simple. So why not make one myself?

Being lazy enough not to want to leave the house, I looked on Instructable for inspiration. While most of them were easy enough to make from scrap parts, they nearly all shared a common weak-spot: they are not adjustable. As the screen is so reflective, its important to be able to aim it to somewhere with the least amount of obtrusive reflections.

My method uses a standard cd-spindle with six simple slots cut into the edge. As the spindle is barely damaged by this, you could even start using it as a cd-spindle again if needed. The contraption is perfectly stable for me, and as its made out of soft plastic, there is no danger of damaging your device. The only downside I have found is its appearance; however you look at it, it remains just a spindle supporting your tablet. If you want you could decorate it to be a bit more fancy, but I'm quite happy using this bare 'McGuyvered' solution.

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Step 1: Materials

There are not many Instructables with fewer materials:
  • Spindle from writable CDs/DVDs, size doesn't mattter
  • Box cutter or precision knive

If you don't have a spindle yourself, your dj or movie-loving friend will have one.

Step 2: The First Cut

Just pick any place on the little upstanding part on the edge of the spindle and make a vertical incision. Now cut a shape like this \__|  just a bit wider than the thickness of your tablet. 

The vertical edge will be supporting your tablet, while the diagonal will allow easy placement.

Step 3: More Cuts

Now make two more of these cuts, each one wide than the last. This to account for circular shape of the spindle.

Step 4: Mirror the Cuts

put your tablet with one side in the first hole you cut and put it vertically against the spindle rod. Now mark the place to cut on the other side and basically mirror the same cuts you made before. The end result should look like the image. The margin of error is quite small; if you've made a mistake, you can just use another slot.

Step 5: Done!

Congratulations! You have a free adjustable tablet stand which is scratch-save and allows for at least six different angles.

Oh, and yes, there is a stain on my screen because I accidentally sat on it :( But thanks to joshatron9695, I finally removed the stain by using a suction cup. Awesome! Check out the details here.

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    6 years ago

    Works great and easy to make!

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is SUPER-clever. I've always wished there was something that could be done with that base. Thanks for sharing.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! Here is something I posted that you can make with them too:


    4 years ago

    That's super clever! Here's a thought for further simplification: make only three cuts all around the spindle with different spacing between each. Here, the cuts should be symmetrical with no bevel (the back edge of the slot doesn't matter anyway, only the front edge of the tablet needs stoppers ).


    6 years ago

    This is much better than my paper cup idea! Love it!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks,this pefectly match my Nexus7 both Horizontal.+Vertical without doing anything.


    6 years ago on Step 5

    Love it! Anything that recycles plastic and is so useful is a keeper in my book! I've got my iPad mini on my new stand right now. Awesome!

    Great idea, I have been looking for tablet holder for the same reason. I got one that works like a clothes pin.But I need it carry it with me to work and back. Once I make this, I can leave the other at work and this one at home. Love recycling and is something I would never thought of. Thanks for the idea, going to make one today.

    Yes it is simple, but no one would have thought of it. You got my vote.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Clever & Cheap idea. I like to call this Best Supporting Technology Innovation Award after ipad invention :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Like you, I was dismayed to find out that pad stands were so expensive. I'm so glad that you managed to find a nearly-free item that can be converted so easily. Normally, I'd throw the spindle away, so it's nice and environmentally sound to be repurposing it in this way. Excellent work, Arvid!