Laptop Stand? Do It Yourself!


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As many should have understood by now, I'm a bit a do-it-yourself aficionados, not that I am particularly good at it, but I like to try to fix a problem by myslef instead of relying on already-made stuff. Especially when the solution is freaking expensive (or way too expensive for what is it) or it doesn't really satisfy me.

This week I've reorganized a bit my workstation and began to think that if I could put my laptop with the screen higher and closer... so I had the idea of a laptop stand.

A quick on-line search told me what I already knew: stands are really expensive. How the hell can you ask 80+ euros for something that probably cost less than 1 to manufacture?

And then the mad scientis in me stirred and I thought... Why not? Why not make my own stand? After all, a stand is nothing more than two piece of... something with an hinge in between and some mechanism to keep them at an angle. I can do it.

Since my goal was to keep the cost to a minimum I checked the content of my rommelbak.

For some reason (leftover of several move) I have a bunch of Ikea plunks but not the rest of the Ikea furniture that uses them, and without that part the planks are nothing more than wodden planks, so they are usable. After a bit of planning I fixed a simple construtions scheme.

Materials:

Since I had it and it wasn't in use, I decided to throw in an usb hub that got fixed to the stand with velcro.

The first step was the removal of the 'rails' from the plank's sides, this was achieved with a pliers and some brute force.

Next step was to put everything togheter.

The doorstops (that, if ain't clear, are used to stop the laptop from sliding down the stand) have been fixed with 2 long bolts from the bottom, with a nut on the top. To keep the two planks at an angle I've used two cable tensioner that have been fixed directly on the plank on one side and using a small hook/ring on the other side. This way it act as an hinge and allow for adjustement and to take a part the entire thing for transportation.

I've drilled recesses for the screws, so they are inside the wood and avoid scratching both the laptop and the surface of the table, I've also placed rubber or felt pads on the screws. This means that removing the screws is going to be complicated. For screws that are not side-to-side I've just used short-enough scres.

To finish it up I've used some sandpaper and some paint that I had lying around. To be something that has costed me next-to-nothing it didn't looked so bad. In fact, I've decided to make another one sans hub and take it to the office.


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pippux By pippux - posted 17/11/2011 23:02

Bello!

Mi fa tornare in mente quando anni fa assemblai un pc in un case di legno massello con sportello laterale in vetro per divertimento... 

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pippux


Guido@ pippux By Guido - posted 30/11/2011 11:34

anche io in generale preferisco farmele da me le cose, ma quando ti scartano ad un colloquio per questo atteggiamento... beh un po' ti girano...

Bello!

Mi fa tornare in mente quando anni fa assemblai un pc in un case di legno massello con sportello laterale in vetro per divertimento... 

 

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Guido


Anonymous coward By Anonymous coward - posted 21/11/2011 10:17

Il risultato, per essere costato praticamente niente dato che tutto il necessario e' di recupero,

Non sono tanto confinto. Il lavoro che ci hai messo COSTA e il materiale di recupero e' comunque stato a suo tempo pagato.

Se poi diciamo che la soddisfazione ripaga del lavoro allora siamo d'accordo (ho ancora la mini-libreria: brutta e' brutta, ma assolve la sua funzione e sopratutto l'ho fatta a 12 anni tutto da solo :\) )

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Davide Bianchi@ Anonymous coward By Davide Bianchi - posted 22/11/2011 12:37

Infatti ho scritto praticamente: all'atto pratico non ho tirato fuori altri soldi, ed i soldi che io avrei pagato per uno stand prefabbricato (incluso il tempo per andarlo a prendere eccetera) sarebbero sicuramente molto di piu'

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Davide Bianchi


Anonymous coward (and wiseacre) By Anonymous coward (and wiseacre) - posted 02/01/2012 10:14

Soluzione tra l'esoterico e il caciottaro: approvata.

 

'Ntucuulu u' stend prefabbricato!

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Anonymous coward (and wiseacre)


melanippe By melanippe - posted 08/01/2012 20:34

Questi lavori mi fanno venire in mente mio padre.

Lui è un maestro delle soluzioni FDT e gli vengono benissimo.

Io ho appunto un laptop stand fatto da lui su misura per il mio divano, un supporto mouse per il bracciolo e molti altri capolavori.

Se ho un problema, ci penso un attimo, vado a trovarlo e gliene parlo.

Prima di uscire di casa, già ha risolto.

E' un mito.

E' un vero hacker, nel senso più filosofico del termine.

 

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melanippe


Massimiliano By Massimiliano - posted 30/01/2012 12:25

Osservazione stupida: ma non ti si scalda troppo il lapdog con il supporto in legno?

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Massimiliano


Davide Bianchi@ Massimiliano By Davide Bianchi - posted 30/01/2012 14:50

non ti si scalda troppo il lapdog con il supporto in legno?

Non ti si scalda uguale quando e' appoggiato sul tavolo?

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Davide Bianchi


Anonymous coward@ Davide Bianchi By Anonymous coward - posted 31/01/2012 11:57

non ti si scalda troppo il lapdog con il supporto in legno?

Non ti si scalda uguale quando e' appoggiato sul tavolo?

Poiche' ho in dotazione una normalissima sega a tazza per trapano, non si potrebbero fare dei fori per favorire l'aereazione senza andare a diminuire la resistenza?

 

 

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Anonymous coward


Davide Bianchi@ Anonymous coward By Davide Bianchi - posted 31/01/2012 12:39

non si potrebbero fare dei fori per favorire l'aereazione senza andare a diminuire la resistenza?

Io non vengo di certo ad impedirtelo.

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Davide Bianchi


Massimiliano@ Davide Bianchi By Massimiliano - posted 04/02/2012 11:44

 >non ti si scalda troppo il lapdog con il supporto in legno?

>>Non ti si scalda uguale quando e' appoggiato sul tavolo?

Si', il fiammantissimo macbook pro (notare ironia) del lavoro in estate diviene inutilizzabile senza una tastiera esterna. Mi ricordavo perodei tempi dell'universita', quando ci si era ingegnati in diverse maniere per far fronte a questa esigenza poiche' ad alcuni di noi si spegnevano. Ecco il perche' della domanda.

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Massimiliano


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