Stylish Tablet Stand (cheap)

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Introduction: Stylish Tablet Stand (cheap)

About: I am a high school social studies teacher; Government & Economics, US History and Psychology. Tinkering and Instructables are a my downtime activities.

I wanted a cheap tablet stand that didn't look clunky, chunky or obtrusive on my desk. This is what I came up with in about 15 minutes with a chunk of 3" pvc.
I hope you like it enough to copy it.

Step 1: No Pictures of Work in Progess

I did not take pictures of the work in progress.
All I did was cut a 1.5" ring of pvc off the section, mark the lines and cut with a coping saw. 
I filed the rough edges and sanded everything smooth.
I painted it gloss black to match the tablet face and finished with clear coat.

Step 2: Finished Product

Three shots of the finished stand.
I hope you like it enough to make one for yourself.

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    16 Discussions

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    mr87third
    mr87third

    6 years ago

    nice simple but clean. nice work.

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    Russellain
    Russellain

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks my new LG Intuition has been driving me nuts there is or was no mount for my car, till I saw yours and now I have one that's going to make my 1hr + commute and audible so much better. Just 15 minutes and an idea I wish I had.

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    andamas
    andamas

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I was also thinking of something similar, like the garmin beanbag (dashboard) mount. Have you successfully made one?

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    andamas
    andamas

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, My slots are cut at about 15 degrees, I suppose you could use a chop saw (or similar) to get a rough cut of the angles. However, I tend to like hand work for fine adjustments.
    For the first passes, I used a large bastard file to cut through both slots at once, then a finer file to clean it up.
    You could probably use a dremel (or similar) but you'd have to clamp the pipe and brace your hand.

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    nwmshp
    nwmshp

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Could someone please post dimensions? I can't seem to get my angles correct and it's driving me crazy! Fortunately the pvc I'm using is scrap but I still hate to waste anything.

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    andamas
    andamas

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Not bad, it took me a couple of tries before I was satisfied with the result. Do you have access to a bandsaw? That will make it much easier (and a little more dangerous) but then all you'll have to focus on is moving the piece, not the saw.
    Keep at it, I am working on a custom bay for my portable HDD and it takes a lot of fitting and patience.

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    andamas
    andamas

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I did cut them at an angle and cleaned them up, following the template.

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    andamas
    andamas

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hello,
    I created a template to that wrapped around half of the piece, and started from the same line in both directions. After cutting away the notch with a coping say, leaving some excess, I used a file to get the desired profile.
    Mine piece is 1.5" high at the back and 1" high at the front. The back of the notches are on the centerline of the pipe section and the front of the notches (depending on your tablet) are about .5" wide.

    Luckily, PVC pipe is cheap enough to throw away if you make a mistake.
    Try again!

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    gserrano701
    gserrano701

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice, dead simple and low cost, congratulations and thanks for sharing

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    andamas
    andamas

    8 years ago on Introduction

    UPDATE
    I wanted to keep the stand from sliding on my desk, but couldn't think of a great solution until I wandered around my workshop and was struck by inspiration.
    I smeared a very thin layer of clear silicone caulk around the base, let it dry, and voila! A simple, non-skid base.

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    andamas
    andamas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I appreciate your comment.

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    bsteopher
    bsteopher

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is one of the best tablet. The tablet, will run on Google's Android platform, with WiFi connectivity for internet access and cloud storage.

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    atombomb1945
    atombomb1945

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. Looks like something one would find out of the old Sharper Image stores.

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    strick
    strick

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is fantastic! Cheap, easy and good-looking. I'll be making one of these for myself... and probably another one for the wife when she sees it. Thanks!