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ddeadserious
Nov 10, 2008, 12:24 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/trialbyashes/100_3558.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/trialbyashes/100_3559.jpg

Got bored a couple of weeks ago and felt the welder needed to be dusted off, so I went and spent $15 on metal, and 3 hours in the garage to make a stand for my Macbook Pro rather than buying one for $60+(although they'd be more aethetically pleasing). I just used some 1/8" flat stock and 1/4" rod, then went and bought little rubber feet from Michaels for the bottom and for where the notebook sits.

I made it before I bought the 19" monitor, so it's a little tall, so I think I'll be cutting it down about 1", so it sits even with the top of the external LCD.

It's beginning to rust - I just went over it all with a flap disc to make that brushed texture, but haven't decided whether to paint it black or just clear coat it. What do you guys think?

Figured I'm surely not the only one here who knows how to fabricate with metal so I decided I'd share. I can take some more photos or measurements if someone's interested.

I know it's relatively ghetto, but at least it's not wood (http://brainfag.com/writing/203/), right?

Bfat567
Nov 10, 2008, 12:33 AM
Nice job and an interesting idea:cool:

sukanas
Nov 10, 2008, 12:50 AM
I know it's relatively ghetto, but at least it's not wood, right?

dont you mean cardbord??

ravenvii
Nov 10, 2008, 12:51 AM
Haha! The cat totally stole the show!

Neat stand!

ddeadserious
Nov 10, 2008, 12:53 AM
dont you mean cardbord??

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif Yeah, at least it's not cardboard too!

Thanks guys, and yes, that cat is determined that his place in this world is lying on my mouse and keyboard on my desk.

lozanoj83
Nov 10, 2008, 03:24 AM
I would buy some rubber or something between the stand and the MBP so the aluminum wont get scratched....>.<

but other than that.. its nice.. :D both of them..
and the cat is hilarious lol

Schtumple
Nov 10, 2008, 06:40 AM
I would buy some rubber or something between the stand and the MBP so the aluminum wont get scratched....>.<

Or some of that green felt stuff would do the trick too.

backsidetailsli
Nov 10, 2008, 08:14 AM
I would buy some rubber or something between the stand and the MBP so the aluminum wont get scratched....>.<

"went and bought little rubber feet from Michaels for the bottom and for where the notebook sits."

ddeadserious
Nov 10, 2008, 10:17 AM
I would buy some rubber or something between the stand and the MBP so the aluminum wont get scratched....>.<

but other than that.. its nice.. :D both of them..
and the cat is hilarious lol
Yeah it like sent chills down my spine the first I sat it on thre and it slid forward. If you look closely at the first photo, you can see little clear dots in each "corner". These also lifted it up high enough so the bar at the front holds it on, but still keeps the optical drive easily accessible, as it wasn't before the little pads.

lost eden
Nov 10, 2008, 10:29 AM
I know it's relatively ghetto, but at least it's not wood (http://brainfag.com/writing/203/), right?
Nothing wrong with wood! You spent $15 on yours, I spent nothin at all on mine!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/losteden/macbook%20stand/_IGP0828.jpg?t=1226334525 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v51/losteden/macbook%20stand/_IGP0824.jpg?t=1226334523

GGJstudios
Nov 10, 2008, 10:32 AM
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Thanks guys, and yes, that cat is determined that his place in this world is lying on my mouse and keyboard on my desk.
You may want to consider activating parental controls on your Mac, to restrict which websites the cat can get to. Otherwise, you'll find all sorts of pop-ups and spam from MeowSpace.com!

ddeadserious
Nov 10, 2008, 10:49 AM
Nothing wrong with wood! You spent $15 on yours, I spent nothin at all on mine!

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No, yours is actually really nice looking. I was really referring to the ghetto one I linked to in the original post. Nothing wrong with wood at all. Nice stand.

You may want to consider activating parental controls on your Mac, to restrict which websites the cat can get to. Otherwise, you'll find all sorts of pop-ups and spam from MeowSpace.com!
http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif Consider it done. I'd rather be safe than sorry right?

rbriand
Nov 10, 2008, 11:20 AM
Hi,

I do a little design myself and liked what you did in metal. I'm likely to try it in wood soon.

Please excuse my alternate reason for this reply, but I'm new to the forums here, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to start a post. I registered and got the e-mail to respond to finish the process, but now I'm back on the forum with a burning question and at a dead end with no sign of a posting place in sight. Could someone please enlighten this forum neophyte?

GGJstudios
Nov 10, 2008, 11:23 AM
I can't for the life of me figure out how to start a post. I registered and got the e-mail to respond to finish the process, but now I'm back on the forum with a burning question and at a dead end with no sign of a posting place in sight. Could someone please enlighten this forum neophyte?

http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#How_do_I_post.3F
Pay special attention to step 1:
1. Browse or search the forums to see if there is already a thread on the topic. If so, post there instead of creating a new thread.
If you use MRoogle (http://mroogle.edesignuk.com/) to search the forums, you'll find most of your questions have already been answered in existing threads.

teleromeo
Nov 10, 2008, 11:26 AM
dont you mean cardbord??

Nice design, I like the way you integrated you cables etc ...

:D

cdcastillo
Nov 10, 2008, 11:38 AM
Nice one. As I don't have a garage, welder equipment nor much experience with welding things, I was happy with a pile of books until my wife suggested to use my cheap (100 pesos, about 7-9 USD) plastic Kensington book stand for that purpose. The stand, when totally laid back, is perfect for my MB (completely open) paired with wireless keyboard and mouse.

At first I was worried about the stand being sturdy enough to keep my mac secure in position, but it's perfect for the job.

My wife is much happier now that I don't "steal" her books for my stand. :p

Xavier
Nov 10, 2008, 11:47 AM
I like the wooden stand! That makes me want to build one!

The Samurai
Nov 10, 2008, 12:24 PM
Nice job, very impressive - I couldn't do a DIY job to save my life :D

ddeadserious
Nov 17, 2008, 11:59 PM
Thank you guys, for the kind words. My cat thanks you as well - this is his thank you face:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/trialbyashes/100_3557.jpg

toolbox
Nov 18, 2008, 01:25 AM
Thanks guys, and yes, that cat is determined that his place in this world is lying on my mouse and keyboard on my desk.

Yeah Cats do that, mine likes my office chair - which is covered in fur

xparaparafreakx
Nov 18, 2008, 02:56 AM
dont you mean cardbord??

Go Aggies.

Nice stand but how does the heat escape from the box?

lost eden
Nov 18, 2008, 05:21 AM
Go Aggies.

Nice stand but how does the heat escape from the box?

a.) it doesn't need to
b.) through the massive gaps

riscy
Nov 18, 2008, 05:41 AM
Very cool - I was tinkering this summer and decided to make a wooden laptop rest from a piece of old tongue and groove I had spare. It took me less than an hour.

I usually sit with the MB on my lap and the heat would build up so I decided to raise it a little on a platform. The screws are all countersunk, naturally to avoid scratches on the MB.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg15/therealriscy/P6210071b.jpg
Step 2
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Step 3
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Step 4
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Step 5
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