Work/Play Laptop Stand




Introduction: Work/Play Laptop Stand

I have my desk arranged in a certain way, with my home laptop sitting in one corner. My current job allows me the opportunity to occasionally work from home. Since my job usually consists of plenty of CAD work, I try to avoid working straight off of my laptop. I don't want to pay for a dock, and I find most laptop stands are reminiscent of cubicle life and not the home. This Instructable will allow you to stack multiple laptops for about $10.00 and an hour or two of your life. Presenting: Work/Play, the minimalist laptop stand.

Step 1: Materials

I wanted this stand to be built from off-the shelf material and require minimum woodwork.

Purchase a 3/4 x16 x 36 board at your local hardware store. I purchased side-glued paint-grade panel, not the strongest as you will see. The 16" width is perfect for most laptops. I had the associate cut the following lengths: 13", 13", 4", and 5.5" ( the remainder).

These dimensions are dependent on the size of your laptops.

I also purchased a pack of #8 x 1 1/4 flathead wood screws.

Step 2: Assembly

As I mentioned in the previous step, hobby board is not always the strongest. Makes sure to predrill and countersink! My original plan was use the 4" board as the back but....(I think I just had my mechanical engineering degree revoked). I decided to use that piece of scrap as support and used the remainder as the backing.

Since this project is meant to be easily customizable, feel free to mess around with the dimensions. My home laptop has no connections in the back, so I did not need much depth.

Notice, in the last image, the plastic corner support I added. I think this is the part of a bookshelf that secures it to the wall.

Step 3: Finish

The second tier can also be used for your monitor.

I plan on painting this. From an industrial design perspective, this is meant to be a piece of furniture like your table or bookshelf, instead of a cubicle accessory. I would like to give it a lacquer finish in white.



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    My Local Home depot had a lot of 12" wide boards. The next width was 18" but pricey, so I purchased a 12" instead. My final dimensions were 13" wide X 12" depth. I modified the design slightly to allow for a 13" width.

    I used a total of 18 screws to ensure enough strength - especially on the top shelf which will have a lot of torque.

    I love that this design did not need any complex wood joints. Thank you for posting it!

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    Thank you and sorry for the super late reply! I am glad to come back to this page after two years and see that people have improved on this!

    how about making one using 3 layers of wood, with some strong iron supports in the middle? (and the middle layer of wood having cutouts to accomodate the supports)

    Please let me know what you think!

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    This definitely needs more structural support. Recessing supports would be perfect.

    I really like the look of this. I want one that will act as a cooling pad on top too though, so I may drill a few holes and install a fan under the top bit.

    It's a great idea but just be careful with anything too heavy on that top portion. It's just asking to collapse with too much weight on the front of it. With the only support for the top being in the back of the stand it is going to want to rip through the screw and topple whatever expensive electronic you have on top, so be careful. If it's built wide enough you could either put X braces on both sides or just post braces on the front corners.

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    Yessir, thanks. This version is not strong at all, it turned out more to a be a prototype, but one can explore different versions. The extra piece on the back does act as a support though.

    In the last picture on the bottom shelf could that be a Samsung? (AKA Awesome Wicked Cool Neato WOW Love it Best computer making company evar)

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    very nice! i like the simple design, could be modded to fit any need, thankyou

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    Thanks! I appreciate the encouragement. As this is my first Instructable, I really did not know what to expect.Glad people like it.