My dad and I came up with the design for this stand after looking at a bunch of Google images. We specifically avoided tablet docks that require a table saw so that those of you who are starting out in DIY could still participate. This was our solution to keeping things simple in construction, but still versatile with two different display angles.
First cut your doug fir into one foot lengths. You'll need one length of the 1x5 and two of the 1x3s. Next grab the sandpaper and smooth out the edges. We used a 150 grit for this.
Now it's time to measure and mark where the pieces will fit together. Essentially you'll be creating a bench like structure with the 1x5 as the back. The only difference being that the vertical 1x3 will create a lip over the other 1x3. This will keep your tablet from slipping. So measure and mark a ¼ inch down from the vertical 1x3. Turn the 1x3 over and make identical marks on the opposite side. You can use these measurements as a reference point and mark your 1x5 at the same height, approximately 2 ¼ inches from the bottom. Make identical marks on the back side of the 1x5.
Doug fir is a very hard wood, so we're going to pre-drill for the nails through the initial piece of wood. The wood is about ¾" thick, so measure down from your previous marks 3/8". At this height mark three different points: two close to either end and one in the middle. Do this process for the 1x5 and the 1x3 that you already marked. With a drill bit a hair smaller than your finish nails, pre-drill both pieces of wood.
At this point in the project you can stain the wood before you proceed any further, but because we're gluing you'll have to wait 24 hours to finish the project. For the sake of time we waited to stain.
Take your yet unmarked 1x3 and squeeze a small bead of glue onto the long edge. Position against the other 1x3, matching your pencil marks. Secure the pieces with painter's tape. Gently turn over and hammer nails through the three pre-drilled holes. Remove tape and wipe up any excess glue with a damp paper towel or rag.
Apply glue to the other edge of the 1x3 and line up with the 1x5. Repeat as with the first side: Tape, nail, remove tape, and wipe up glue.
If you haven't already stained your wood, now is the time. Lay out a drop cloth or some newspapers and, following the directions on the can, apply the stain all over the wood. We used Varathane wood stain in the color Provincial. Wipe up excess stain, and allow the stand to dry.
Once everything is absolutely dry you can start using your tablet stand. Enjoy!
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