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dww970
May 4, 2010, 11:10 PM
Not wanting to pay $40 for a piece of metal to lean my iPad against, I built my own. I used a folding "PageBoy" bookstand purchased for this reason from my local bookstore ($5.99) and a length of aluminium tube, chrome end caps, & a length of rubber tubing all purchased at my place of employment ($2.99 , $1.99 & $.99, found at most local home improvement stores.)
I filed slots in the underside of the aluminium tube to allow it to sit flush onto the legs of the bookstand. I secured it to the stand with "FastSteel" epoxy putty and filled the inside of the tube with lead fishing weights and capped it off with more epoxy putty & the chrome caps. Then I slid the rubber tubing along the upper arms & back of the stand to prevent the metal from scratching my new $800 toy. The end result is a very good looking, stable and secure stand, for no more than $13.00

Here are the final pics. (http://s763.photobucket.com/albums/xx272/dww970/)



eTip
May 5, 2010, 12:27 AM
No offense - I know you put some work into it - but how is that better than the $3 Plate Stand @ JoAnns / Michaels which is adjustable? Maybe I am missing something. Kinda hard to see how it looks in your pics (no worries, tho - my camera is crap and my photog skillz worse).

dww970
May 5, 2010, 12:38 AM
No offense - I know you put some work into it - but how is that better than the $3 Plate Stand @ JoAnns / Michaels which is adjustable? Maybe I am missing something. Kinda hard to see how it looks in your pics (no worries, tho - my camera is crap and my photog skillz worse).

Other than the fact mine's weighted to prevent backward tipping during use, absolutely nothing. But it's mine, I built it, and I'm kinda proud of it. ;)

eTip
May 5, 2010, 01:16 AM
Other than the fact mine's weighted to prevent backward tipping during use, absolutely nothing. But it's mine, I built it, and I'm kinda proud of it. ;)

As well you should be. I feel the same about my modded business card holder that no one seems to like! Yours may have one up on most of the others & that is - FORWARD tipping. Not as likely in most situations but I do worry about some dumb a** (like me) bumping it from behind....

dww970
May 5, 2010, 01:24 AM
As well you should be. I feel the same about my modded business card holder that no one seems to like! Yours may have one up on most of the others & that is - FORWARD tipping. Not as likely in most situations but I do worry about some dumb a** (like me) bumping it from behind....

I have considered adding another weighted tube to the rear of the stand and still may. I tried to make the front tube about 1 third the weight of the tablet to compensate for the opposite backward tilt weight.