Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Laptop Stand with Keyboard holder.

If you use a laptop on a desk you know that the height of the monitor is not ideal. I have a table that I use for electronics experimenting. I like to have my laptop there to look things up on Google as I work. I also like to connects a real mouse and keyboard. The keyboard can get in the way.

I decided to design a laptop stand that would solve the monitor height and hold the keyboard out of the way when not needed.

The prototype below is what I came up with. I used 1/2" Thick MDF but I plan to cut it again in some nice looking wood. The cross brace has slots cut in each end to hold the stands. If you do a good job of making the fit tight you won't even need to glue the cross brace. That way you can disassemble it for storage or travel. The holes are to reduce the weight as much as possible without making it weak.

- I wanted to pass along the link to my pattern catalog on DVD. These two DVD's have every pattern from the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog since 2007. There are hundreds of patterns of just about anything you could want.

 Let me make it clear that these patterns are available for free on my blog. These DVD's are for your own archive. I had many requests to make them available on DVD.  I recently created the 2013 update to the original DVD. This link take you to the order page for both DVD's. The first disk has 2007 to 2012. The second disk is the update for 2013. They are $20 for the first disk and $7.50 for the update.

Here are two PDF files that list all the patterns on each DVD.
Catalog 2007-2012
Catalog 2013
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