Stand-up laptop stand

Stand-up laptop stand


My mom stacked 2 stools
to form a laptop stand. So, then she asked me to build
something more permanent. I start by gluing together
several boards to get a board of the total
width that I need. I’m using some of my long
reach clamps to make sure the boards end up
where they’re glued. Next I ripped the wide board
to the width that I actually need. The final width
just barely still fits through my
thickness planer. I’m using a sort of box joint
to joint the top of the laptop stand to the sides.
And I’m cutting those with my Screw Advance
Box Joint Jig. I couldn’t be bothered to
put a dado blade in my saw so I’m just making several
saw cut for each slot that I need to cut. So, that was a more
complicated cutting sequence than usual, for
those fingers. And I did screw up on the first
one. It’s a bit too narrow. So that’s all of 15 seconds
to crank that carriage home. Some people suggest that I add
some kind of quick release so I can just pull
the carriage home. But if that mechanism took
an extra hour to build, I would have to cut 240 full
width joints before that time would be
amortized. So, I cut these
fingers a second time because I had extra
length left over. And now let’s check
this fit with all that. OK. So before I put
those corners together, I’m gonna have to put
shelves in here. Because those have to come
together from the side. And then I can put the
top on from the end. So I want to dowel
this board onto here. And for that I need to do a
precise series of dowel holes. And that’s my old invention
here, my doweling t-square comes in. And I’m just gonna put the
jig on here and it lines up. If I line it up with
the marks on here it lines up with those holes
and I can accurately drill through here. So I didn’t drill a hole
in every possible position because I didn’t think I’d
need that many dowels. So now I need to drill the
same pattern of holes in the end-grain
of the shelves. And I’m gonna use my doweling
jig the way it’s meant to be used. And to position
the jig, I clamp my Doweling T-Square
on here. And I’ve got the same marks
that I lined up the jig with on here. So I just put
the dowel jig on here and line it up with
those lines there. Well, they look like
the line up all right. Before I assemble the stand,
I need to add a rabbet to the back edge for the
back panel to fit into. And making some dowel pins
for my homemade dowels. These need to be just a bit
longer than pre-made ones. So I can’t really
use those. Now comes the moment of
truth, to see if my dowel holes actually
line up. I did not dry
fit this. But that’s what
the hammer’s for. OK, here’s the
challenge. Will 18 dowels all
line up and fit? Kind of, I guess. Maybe I should have dry
fit this whole thing. OK, now this side. With a big enough hammer,
you can make anything fit. Before I can put the top on
it, I need to cut some small pieces of wood to fill the extra
bit of the box joint that I cut. Now I need to smooth that off.
I could sand it. But I think I’ll
try the jointer. Well, that turned
out OK so far. Got some minor
gaps here. But those’ll fill up if I do
a little bit of sanding and varnish right away because
then the sawdust goes in those gaps. Now squaring out the end
of that rabbet that I cut on the tablesaw
earlier. And here it
is all done. Felt kind of odd making a
project with no moving parts.

100 thoughts to “Stand-up laptop stand”

  1. 18 dowels could be called over kill… Why so many and what's the rational for the pattern 2-2-5 ? Because you could perhaps?

  2. The thing about having the right size hammer is totally true, even if the piece your working on doesn't fit!! 🙂

  3. I frequently see you using wood glue out of a large plastic container, does it dry up closed up or do you use all that glue at one time? Thanks fir sharing all your projects it is really interesting.

  4. Do you even own a dado blade? Never seen you actually use one.

    I guess for most stuff its less work to just make multiple cuts with a standard blade

  5. Anche nelle cose più semplici resti sempre un maestro. Fenomeno!

    Even in the simplest things always remain a teacher. Phenomenon!

  6. He said in the beginning that he didnt want to switch out to a dado blade in his TS. Although I guess he could of also used a router to acomplish. I agree though, a dado would have been easier and probably stronger. No way I would have been able to line up all those dowel holes so hats off to Matthias as always.

  7. Chop saws and radial arm saws are fine for cutting scraps to firewood, but if you need a precise cut, they are the wrong tool.

  8. As always, nice work. You make it look so easy. And, on a side note, something not always pointed out, but great job on the video work & editing too.

  9. The best part of this video was seeing your box joint jig in operation. Very impressive, Matthias! I think you've converted me from my traditional fixed-pin jig. 🙂

  10. u r lucky that u cn get all the tools u need in my country its realy hard to get them ….i have simple tools and trying to built the tools i need but its realy hard …wish me luck

  11. what hes using is a simple portion cup and lid for food service you can save these and rewash them and the lids they are useful for many things glues small screws etc dont use for super glue or model glue just for like elmers or wood glue also good for small portions of water based paint for mixing etc

  12. but for what its being used for its a good thing strength and longjevity for one so what you did was wise

  13. because he buys Mastercraft machinery. And because it has to be his way or its wrong (even if his way is wrong) If you purchase quality machinery, you will have dead nuts accurate cuts with mitre or radial.

  14. You're videos are great!!! ….. I just subscribed and have been looking thru you're videos and haven't ran across any of you using a radial arm saw… I just purchased a 10" radial arm saw and it has no table.. can you help me with this where to start . I've got the basics down on using mdf but what's the best …… 2 piece are a 4 piece.

  15. you like to turn things complicate, don't you? you used tons of dowels, i think half of them woud have been enouth.

  16. Why some people like standing up? I'm curious, if that has something to do with their bad back or what?

  17. And shelves would have survived in a dado, if strength is needed some glue would have solved the problem.

  18. could you please tell what is the maximum weigh you can put on a floating shelf – this is because nobody really tells and it seems not sturdy enough to hold a havy object. so please tell – thanks a lot, Eli

  19. I really love how he makes his own equipment to use in his shop, it's same brilliant and such an inspiration to me. You really are the Jesus to wood working. But really that is an amazing idea!

  20. What? A doweling T square / jig ??  Ok, build video and generously detailed Matthias Wandel downloadable plans please!

  21. I don't like the esthetics of the box joints on the sides of the top very much. If I had built it I would have used dowel joints to join the top to the sides. Like on the shelf, only vertical.

    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…" ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I admit it, I have a little mind.

  22. I think what I find the most impressive about your workshop is how much you've made by yourself to compliment existing tools.

  23. Have you ever thought about inserting a narrow dowel along the entire length of a robust box joint? Impractical, but neat 🙂

  24. Firstly, I love you videos!! However, I am wondering why you built this to hold 700 pounds? I often build things to experiment with techniques or just to see if I can…. I look forward to all your videos…… also like your sense of humor…. every now and then you sneak a good funny in there…. 🙂

  25. Wow. All I can say is wow!! You are a magician with those tools. You also have so many hand made tools which I'm sure you made yourself. idk, as this is the 1st time I've every watched one of your videos but man oh man are you awesome. Love your work.
    I think I'll subscribe now. :)) Excellent work bud. Thanks for sharing.

  26. You can still add a moving part – maybe a drawer, slide out coffee cup holder or doors. I'm amortizing my time watching you think, and enjoying it. My garage is freezing now, but I built a short bench before Christmas for my wife out of 3/4 inch oak trim. You have well photographed videos and I appreciate your time making them. I'll keep watching even after it warms up.

  27. Wow man… do you ever mess up big time? Like having to scrap the build and start a new one? I've watched a number of your videos and never seen that…. You seem very real with your audience so I'm guessing you would show it if it happened. Again I'm just really impressed… I guess things just come naturally with lots of experience. Cheers!

  28. strongest laptop table in the world. how heavy is your mom's laptop? or does she plan on using it as a step ladder?

  29. All the people wondering why he built it so strong when all it has to handle is a laptop… what if his mom leans on the thing while she's typing? I know I would, and it would be extremely irritating if the table fell down when I did. And the interior shelves with lots of dowels – well, the bottom one is just about where you might put your foot up if you got tired of standing in one position. You gotta plan for how people are really likely to use your furniture, not the way you think they ought to. I don't think Matthias will ever regret having built this thing too strong.

  30. One thing i love about this channel is how you use pine or spruce mainly and dont hold hardwood to a level that if its not used than its not real furniture

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