(update….due to an overwhelming response to sell our homemade iPad stands, we’ve opened an Etsy shop! Yippee! If you don’t want to make one, you can buy a slightly modified version…aka…no pointy screws sticking out of the stand…at our shop Roostic!)
Okay…so I know I promised you a tutorial for you…yesterday…one of the Pottery Barn iPad stand knockoff that we made and revealed back here. And didn’t do it yesterday (bad blogger…hanging head in shame). But it was just one of those computer-not-working-dog-is-obnoxious-Colby-was-on-the-road-and-I-have-no-idea-how-we-made-the-iPad-stand-without-him kind of days. You have those too, right?! But karma rewarded me with some serious good news today (hint hint…it may involve a little feature in a glossy…booyah). Anyway…back to the iPad stand and our little tutorial.
First thing is first, the plan complete with measurements.
To get an idea of the size for the stand, Colby measured his iPad and adjusted the measurements here and there to make sure there was a bit of a wood border around the edge.
Then we took the one thing we bought for this project, an 8-1/2″ x 4′ pine board for $5 at a local lumber yard, and cut it down to size using a chop saw/table saw combo.
This left us with four pieces of pine: one 3/4″ x 8-1/2″ x 14″ piece for the back, two 1/2″ x 8-1/2″ x 1-1/2 pieces for the lip, and one 1/8″ x 2″ x 6″ piece for the back/stand.
Next step, was marking the large piece of wood for all the cuts, starting with the hole for the rope at the top of the stand’s neck. Once we marked out where the hole would go along with the “shoulders” of the stand, Colby used a 5/8″ drill bit to drill a hole through the wood.
Next, Colby craftily used an old tube of caulking to help him draw out the rest of the iPad stand. The tube fit perfectly through the hole to make it easier to center/trace the round top of the stand. The tube even helped with the curves coming down the neck and into the shoulders.
Then he clamped the piece of wood to his work bench and carefully cut it out, following the lines, using a jig saw.
After cutting it out, we were left with…well…essentially…a paddle. And yes…he really said that. But with a much smirkier look than he’s sporting here.
The next step is what really added some rustic charm to the iPad stand. Using an orbital sander, Colby rounded out all the edges around the “paddle”, making sure to be completely willy nilly about it. Official DIYing term right there. The more random, the better. Maybe that’s why we used the “random” orbital sander..har har har…ba dum bum…I’m here all night.
With the paddle part all cut out, our next step was to attach a piece of wood on the back, in a picture frame on the mantel kind of way, so the stand would stand up on its own. We thriftily used an old door hinge we had kicking around the workshop. The idea was to attach the hinge to the shim sized piece of wood and also to the back of the stand. But to do this, we had to add an 1/8″ thick piece of wood (the same thickness as the stand piece) underneath the hinge to make it even with the stand piece. So Colby traced half the hinge, cut it out, and drilled a trio of pilot holes into the wood.
Then using some leftover screws from another project, screwed down the hinge to the back of the iPad stand. With one half of the hinge adhered to the stand, we then had to attach the second half to the wood shim stand. But, the screws we had were just a bit too long. Thus, if we screwed them into the shim, they would go completely through it and into the iPad stand, meaning the hinge wouldn’t actually hinge. So using a spade bit, Colby drilled out the space underneath the hinge so the screws would have some empty space to hang out in.
And then attached the piece of wood to the hinge, drilled some pilot holes, and screwed in the screws.
And voila…a hinged up stand back.
The final workshop steps included gluing, placing, and nailing the bottom of the stand on using some wood glue and some finish nails (we’re lucky enough to have a Paslode finish nailer but a hammer and nails work too).
And then repeating the glue, place, nailing combo for the lip of the stand too.
And done…minus the finish work part of it all.
The next step was the finish work, that I didn’t really document because…well…I forgot. But it included staining and polying the stand, using the Early American Minwax stain and Varathane water based polyurethane.
Once the poly dried, our last step was attaching a piece of jute between the stand piece and the body of the iPad stand. We simply used a stapler and stapled the jute first to the back, first tying a knot in the jute to keep it from slipping out.
We eyeballed it for the length of jute between the two pieces of wood.
Then stapled the jute to the stand piece.
Because the piece of wood was so thin, the ends of the staple poked through.
But to rectify it, we just whipped out the hammer (picture me pulling out a hot pink hammer from a hot pink tool bag…I’m serious…ask my mom) and nailed down the ends of the staples.
And…scene. Well, not really. We later realized that we needed a little cut out at the bottom of the stand so we could use the power button. Power…minor details. And we also added a few strands of jute to it so we could eventually hang the stand somewhere in the kitchen. Now we just need to find a spot to do that.
Psst…So enough about us, hogging up the blogisphere, what about you guys? Did you make anything uber awesome this weekend? Any knockoffs? Pottery Barn knockoffs? Or anyone want to join my Pottery Barn Lover’s Anonymous club? My name is Angie…we meet on Thursdays.