Laptop Shim/cooler

Introduction: Laptop Shim/cooler

I wanted to shim my laptop to A. angle the keyboard to make it easier for me to reach all the keys and B. to help keep it a little cooler. I didn't have any money in my bank account to buy something so I decided to just make one with some shims, screening I found out at the garbage and an old scarf. It's not the prettiest thing on the planet but who's going to see it anyway? Not me since it's under my laptop. This is my first instructable and creating the instructable took me way longer than it did to make the silly shim. I think making the shim took me 20 minutes.

Step 1: Materials

What you'll need:
1. 4 shims
2. some screening
3. a staple gun
4. hot glue gun
5. duct tape*
6. scissors*
7. some fabric for grip and padding**

*please note: the duct tape and scissors are not pictured because I forgot to get them out until I needed them

** I cut up an old fleece scarf. fleece is good because it's thick and you don't have to sew the edges

Step 2: 1. Glue Shims Together

Glue two shims together with thick ends together (sorry for the fuzzy photos - I'm not very good at holding the camera steady with my left hand)

Step 3: 2. Staple the Screening to the Shims

Lay the screening over the shims leaving about an inch or so extra at the thick end.
Staple the screening to each set of shims once at the top of the thick end and then one more time a little lower. Be careful that your second staples are still high enough up and not coming through the other side.
The distance between the shims is up to you but be sure you have them level with each other. I used the floorboard to line them up.

Step 4: 4. Fold Over Thick End and Staple

Fold the screening at the thick end over and staple it to the ends of the shims.
You'll want to kink the screening between the shims to be sure it stays straight.

Step 5: 5. Fold Under and Trim Thick End

flip upside down and cut a notch in the screening on the inside of the thick end of the shims.
fold the center excess screening over (the fold will keep it from scratching your surface under your laptop as well as strengthen the support between the shims).
trim the excess ends off so they don't hang over the edges
I did also put some duct tape around the ends of the shims which you can see in the finished pic. I don't think it's necessary though

Step 6: 6. Fold Trim and Tape the Skinny End

do the same to the skinny end as you did in step 5 folding over the screen between the shims and trimming the ends. I put a dab of glue on the screening where it wasn't stapled to be sure I trimmed it straight (be careful not to burn yourself - it's called a hot glue gun for a reason).
Cut your duct tape to fit between the shims and tape the skinny end down folding the duct tape over the end.

Step 7: 7. Glue on the Fabric

Trim your fabric to fit the shims and hot glue it on all three sides of the shims.
Trim the excess and you're done!

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    nice instruct'bl! ...(sorry maybe it's only me) may i ask what's the use of the clothe (i didn't get it)? thanks!


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    the fabric? it's a cushion between the screening/wood and the laptop - so thou doth not scratch thy bottom. I'm still using the same one that I made for this instructable. Truth is, I was just making it up as I was going when I took these pics - this may or may not be absolutely apparent :) Still, this little guy is working great for me and it was all recycled materials I had around the house. Not the most gorgeous thing on the planet but, as I said, no one's looking at it anyway.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    sweet....all it needs is a fan, and it would be perfect....


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    hehe. you could always get a clip fan and attach it to the side of the desk


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    yep...or even a usb fan and hook that up...