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azcoyote
Apr 3, 2010, 10:39 PM
Just thought I'd share a tip if you're thinking about getting a tabletop stand for your new iPad...
I realized today I definitely have a need to have an iPad stand for my kitchen table and one for my desk at work. I thought the iPad dock would work well as a desk stand until I started reading on this forum that it doesn't work with the Apple iPad case! DOH! Having to remove the case every time I want to place the iPad on the dock would not be ideal. That case is a pain to remove. Also, the dock only lets you mount the iPad vertically. If I wanted to flip the iPad horizontal for watching videos, I'd have to take the iPad off the dock and put the case back on. No thanks! So I ruled out using the dock. I have a dock being shipped from the online Apple store, but I'm just going to send it back. I did buy the Apple case at the Apple Store this afternoon.

On the way home I stopped by a Jo Ann Fabric and Crafts store to look for a cheap stand that might work with the iPad. I found one that works quite well. It's a medium-sized plastic easel made by Tripar. Below are the link to this item online and photos of how it looks with the iPad. It's not the most elegant stand. But it's dirt cheap! Can't beat $2.99! I'd rather spend money on apps than an overpriced 3rd party stand. In case you're wondering, you can definitely use the iPad while it's on the stand. The stand has a coated support wire that the iPad leans against, so you can put pressure on the iPad without worrying about it tipping over.

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd792010

http://desertsky.smugmug.com/photos/826869530_afKgN-M.jpg

http://desertsky.smugmug.com/photos/826869913_wZUDy-M.jpg

http://desertsky.smugmug.com/photos/826869733_eiv5n-M.jpg

http://desertsky.smugmug.com/photos/826870067_oEEQW-M.jpg

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wingnut8
Apr 3, 2010, 10:42 PM
genius!

Mad.Rider
Apr 3, 2010, 10:46 PM
Thanks for sharing.

AV8TOR
Apr 3, 2010, 10:47 PM
Nice find, that looks perfect.

pukifloyd
Apr 3, 2010, 10:49 PM
genius!

+1
i made a similar stand for my nokia phone with cardboard and some glue...it was awesome.

azboricua
Apr 3, 2010, 10:54 PM
Thank you for sharing. I will be looking for this ;)

troop231
Apr 3, 2010, 10:57 PM
Definately looks moddable with a bench grinder (the stand that is) I'd trim down those gigantic "hooks" in the front, almost look dangerous lol

goobot
Apr 3, 2010, 10:59 PM
Nice!!!

DreamPod
Apr 3, 2010, 11:02 PM
Tuaw had an article about this kinda thing a while back (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/17/accessorizing-your-ipad-for-cheap/)

They got this from Staples:
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tuaw.com/media/2010/03/75844242-1268844967.jpg

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tuaw.com/media/2010/03/75844128-1268844965.jpg

azcoyote
Apr 4, 2010, 12:35 AM
Definately looks moddable with a bench grinder (the stand that is) I'd trim down those gigantic "hooks" in the front, almost look dangerous lol

The hooks in the front are pretty harmless. :) I think I'm going to go back to Jo Ann's and pick up at least a couple more of these stands, now that I know it works. Need one for my desk at work, and one for the coffee table next to the couch. They're cheap enough that I get multiple and not have to move one stand from place to place.

sonictonic
Apr 4, 2010, 01:29 AM
Good find. :)

alphaod
Apr 4, 2010, 01:30 AM
Good recommendation. Too bad I already bought the iPad dock and love it.

Rasczak
Apr 4, 2010, 01:37 AM
This thread reminds me of the padded packing envelope I use for my Kindle case.

Great idea.

h00ligan
Apr 4, 2010, 02:56 AM
Why not just use the case horizontally with the built in stand feature and plug a cable in?

ImperialX
Apr 4, 2010, 03:01 AM
I have a plate holder as well. Will probably try it with my iPad when it arrives.

azcoyote
Apr 4, 2010, 08:20 AM
Why not just use the case horizontally with the built in stand feature and plug a cable in?

Sure, you could use the built-in stand feature of the case. I was just demonstrating that you can use this easel to set your iPad horizontal as well as vertical. Not everyone is buying the Apple case. I'll probably end up using this stand more often to set the iPad horizontal. It'll be quicker to flip the iPad on its side and reseat on the easel, rather than spend the extra time to fold back the case.

mdgolom
Apr 4, 2010, 08:37 AM
Wish I read this yesterday and I would have picked up one for sure. I like the way the bottom doesn't interfere with the screen.

azcoyote
Apr 4, 2010, 04:25 PM
Wish I read this yesterday and I would have picked up one for sure. I like the way the bottom doesn't interfere with the screen.

The bezel has a purpose after all. Otherwise the stand would covering part of the screen.

soch
Apr 5, 2010, 02:25 AM
Most of the book/plate stands won't work for iPad when the USB connector is plugged in. So I designed one using Maple wood & slip resistant pads. Here's the link (http://smartyapps.com/content/ipad-maple-wood-standholder-0)for details. It is very sturdy & doesn't move on multiple touches to iPad.

jontucker
Apr 5, 2010, 02:31 AM
Most of the book/plate stands won't work for iPad when the USB connector is plugged in. So I designed one using Maple wood & slip resistant pads. Here's the link (http://smartyapps.com/content/ipad-maple-wood-standholder-0)for details. It is very sturdy & doesn't move on multiple touches to iPad.

How about cutting a slot in the bottom so the cable disappears out the back!?

soch
Apr 5, 2010, 02:34 AM
How about cutting a slot in the bottom so the cable disappears out the back!?
Sure will do that in the next revision.

Yr Blues
Apr 5, 2010, 03:05 AM
Not mine, but my brother has 2 of these whatchamacallits....this one's from Veronica Belmont's Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4490601295_a0b00fb622_b.jpg

wolfpackfan
Apr 5, 2010, 05:27 AM
Cool. I'm going out this morning and look for one of these.

GoCubsGo
Apr 5, 2010, 05:32 AM
Not mine, but my brother has 2 of these whatchamacallits....this one's from Veronica Belmont's Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4490601295_a0b00fb622_b.jpg

Hah that's great and the best thing is that the iPad is likely running warm and the cat would absolutely love it.

kevin86
Apr 5, 2010, 07:44 AM
I think this may be the first time I'm saying this in my life but, I'm stopping at Joann Fabric on my way home!!

Nice job.

chriskzoo
Apr 5, 2010, 07:49 AM
Hitting my JoAnn on the way home from work, LOL. I also have the cover and it renders using the dock impossible. With this, it looks like even in portrait mode you'd be able to have the charger plugged in.

azcoyote
Apr 5, 2010, 08:24 AM
Yes, you can have the cable plugged in with the iPad sitting on the stand in portrait mode.

drumma022
Apr 5, 2010, 08:56 AM
First thing I did at my office today ... clean off my document stand and made room for my iPad.

$10.99 at Office Depot.

azcoyote
Apr 5, 2010, 11:35 AM
If your local Sunday paper has the ad insert for Jo Ann's, yesterday's Jo Ann's insert has a coupon for 40% off any item. So that brings down the cost of the stand to $1.80 plus tax. What a deal. Heading over right now to pick up a couple more of the stands.

RebelRed
Apr 5, 2010, 11:48 AM
Wish you guys would have posted this $39 ago. :)

The intoxicating frenzy was too much. :apple:

soch
Apr 5, 2010, 12:24 PM
-- deleted... misread.

Clix Pix
Apr 5, 2010, 12:28 PM
First thing I did at my office today ... clean off my document stand and made room for my iPad.

$10.99 at Office Depot.

That's the one I have! Actually, I was able to get two, as they were marked as $5.99 each. Guess I got a bargain! It works a treat, absolutely perfect for positioning the iPad in either orientation: landscape or portrait. It's sturdy, too.

azcoyote
Apr 5, 2010, 01:59 PM
Made a small modification to the Tripar stand this morning. Added four 1/2" clear adhesive vinyl bumpers to four bottom corners of the stand to ensure the stand won't slip on any surface. And placed two 3/8" vinyl bumpers on each side of the stand where the iPad rests. You can find the vinyl bumpers at Home Depot. They come in packs of 16.

AJsAWiz
Apr 5, 2010, 02:17 PM
Most of the book/plate stands won't work for iPad when the USB connector is plugged in. So I designed one using Maple wood & slip resistant pads. Here's the link (http://smartyapps.com/content/ipad-maple-wood-standholder-0)for details. It is very sturdy & doesn't move on multiple touches to iPad.

Do you keep your iPad plugged in while you're using it ? ? ?

RMXO
Apr 5, 2010, 02:44 PM
I was going to buy a cheap wired stand from Amazon but I decided to use my old hard drive dock as one instead.

http://i912.photobucket.com/albums/ac323/RMXO/iPad/IMG_0003.jpg

This is how it looks when I have my iPad on it.

http://i912.photobucket.com/albums/ac323/RMXO/iPad/IMG_0005.jpg

Here's how I roll when I use both my MBP & iPad.

http://i912.photobucket.com/albums/ac323/RMXO/iPad/IMG_0004.jpg

A little ghetto but it works. :D

epoche
Apr 5, 2010, 02:55 PM
Opened Jo Ann web page above and says "no longer available".

soch
Apr 5, 2010, 03:09 PM
Do you keep your iPad plugged in while you're using it ? ? ?

Yes, when I am testing my apps or in the office.

azcoyote
Apr 6, 2010, 05:39 PM
Most of the book/plate stands won't work for iPad when the USB connector is plugged in. So I designed one using Maple wood & slip resistant pads. Here's the link (http://smartyapps.com/content/ipad-maple-wood-standholder-0)for details. It is very sturdy & doesn't move on multiple touches to iPad.

I just saw your homemade wood stand on CNET Crave.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20001861-1.html

meagain
Apr 6, 2010, 06:08 PM
Picked up a few of the stands from Joanne Fabrics today. Yep - works great.
Thanks for the heads up on this.

soch
Apr 6, 2010, 06:14 PM
I just saw your homemade wood stand on CNET Crave.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20001861-1.html

tks for the mention.

Zethca
Apr 6, 2010, 06:49 PM
Awesome haha!!

Opened this thread, browsed the first page then headed down to the local "Michael's Arts and Crafts" just got back with the thread still open in less than 15 min.

Got 2 extra stands exactly like the one pictured in then original post. 3.99 each. These are michael's brand but are 100% identical to the stands in the OP.

Can't believe I payed 40 for an apple stand. Oh well. Now I can leave a stand in a each room. This stand has the advantage of horizontal viewing which isn't possible with apple's dock.

angemon89
Apr 6, 2010, 07:22 PM
First thing I did at my office today ... clean off my document stand and made room for my iPad.

$10.99 at Office Depot.LOL that's EXACTLY what I'm using right now. I stole it from my sister. But I think I'm gonna get my own. It's perfect for watching videos on. I think I'm gonna go check out this one at staples http://www.staples.com/Staples-BookLift-Copy-Holder/product_515621

wingnut8
Apr 6, 2010, 08:47 PM
Went to JoAnn Fabrics today and got one like the OPs for 2.99! Works great!

rusty2192
Apr 6, 2010, 08:56 PM
Not mine, but my brother has 2 of these whatchamacallits....this one's from Veronica Belmont's Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4490601295_a0b00fb622_b.jpg

Its the PURR-FECT iPad stand!

wingnut8
Apr 6, 2010, 09:11 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4498909494_48f0aacda6.jpg

azcoyote
Apr 7, 2010, 05:26 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4498909494_48f0aacda6.jpg

Very cool! I take it that's the MLB 2010 app. How's the quality of the streaming video?

wingnut8
Apr 7, 2010, 08:11 PM
Very cool! I take it that's the MLB 2010 app. How's the quality of the streaming video?
It's great. Best app by far.

DaBrain
Apr 7, 2010, 09:09 PM
I read and saw the OP here and Monday I picked up a nice acrylic 8" high easel picture stand at Walmart. I got some tiny self adhesive rubber feet for it to prevent slipping also. Works like a charm The nice thing is when you spread the legs out or in on the easel it actually adjusts the tilt angle for your comfort and reading angle!

Thank you so much to the OP for a Great idea.

Cost of the stand was a whopping $3!--))) Oh and it looks great too! ;)

bobraynard
Apr 8, 2010, 11:07 AM
Sold Out online now. Imagine that...

TypeMRT
Apr 8, 2010, 12:31 PM
This black one from Wal-Mart looks pretty good, a little big though. Great deal at $12 for a 2-pack.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tabletop-Black-Display-Easel-Set-of-2/11034731

H00513R
Apr 8, 2010, 12:56 PM
Hah that's great and the best thing is that the iPad is likely running warm and the cat would absolutely love it.

LOL I was going to say the same thing. Also watch where you put your hands. You could have a very angry cat if you misse the space bar.

doug in albq
Apr 8, 2010, 01:29 PM
I like the DIY stand/dock I blogged about much better.

obey908
Apr 8, 2010, 01:31 PM
got my stand the other day at Micahel's.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y52/ObeyHK/ipadstand.jpg

danny_w
Apr 8, 2010, 03:20 PM
I got the stand today at lunch. For $2.99 it is sure hard to beat!

wingnut8
Apr 8, 2010, 03:21 PM
haha, they're going to wonder why the sudden increase in medium plate easels.

LKeighty4
Apr 8, 2010, 08:50 PM
http://m.officedepot.com/m/http/www.officedepot.com/a/products/886149/Office-Depot-Brand-Business-Card-Holder/?vm_qb=od_prod_with_instance%2Ca%2Fproducts%2F886149%2FOffice-Depot-Brand-Business-Card-Holder%2F%2C%3Bproductdetail.tt&vm_v=f5b590

I use this. It was 97 cents with tax included

airmax922
Apr 8, 2010, 09:07 PM
I got two @ Hayward, CA store. It is not even but for $2.99 + tax. I m not complain

danpass
Apr 8, 2010, 09:15 PM
Neat.

I'll bet you can take the paperclip stand for the iPhone and scale it up using a metal coat hanger.

Wrap some black gaffer tape around it (or go all the way and use that tool dip stuff)


I'm sure that most picture, easel and dish plate stands will work nicely

danpass
Apr 8, 2010, 09:20 PM
Most of the book/plate stands won't work for iPad when the USB connector is plugged in. So I designed one using Maple wood & slip resistant pads. Here's the link (http://smartyapps.com/content/ipad-maple-wood-standholder-0)for details. It is very sturdy & doesn't move on multiple touches to iPad.

very nice.

mahogany stain will bring out the grain nicely.