Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY Kitchen iPad Stand

Ever since I got my iPad mini, I use it more than anything to pull up recipes in the kitchen. I have a case that props it up, but it is at an angle that just isn't right when I am standing and it is sitting on the kitchen counter. I decided it was time to find a stand, similar to a cookbook stand, that was made for the kitchen.

Looking at various stands online, I came up with a brilliant idea to make my own from a broken cutting board that was left in our kitchen between the stove and the fridge when we bought our house. It is a cutting board that goes in a slot above a row of drawers and you just pull it out to use. Well we weren't using it because it had split running the length of the board.

My idea was to cut the good part of the board down to a little bit bigger than the size of my iPad and then use a small hinge to attach a "kick stand" to the back to keep it up while I cook. Not having many power tools, I called my dad to ask him if he had a jig saw I could borrow to cut it out. He said yes and agreed to let me use it. I took the board over to his house with my pattern sketched in pencil on it to have him help me get started with the saw. I should have known my dad better, he insisted on doing the cutting for me. Ok, thanks!

As my dad cut, his ideas on how to make this even better began to flow and I am so grateful. He took my super simple idea, and made it even better and I couldn't be happier! Here is how we made it:

  • Lightly sand both sides of the board
  • Sketch pattern on board
  • Cut board using a jig saw
  • Sand the edges of the freshly cut board
  • About 1/2 an inch in from each side, make an additional cut, parallel to the sides of the board almost to the top of the board, about 1.5 inches from the top to create "legs"
  • At the top end of your side cuts, make a 45 degree angled cut through the board
  • Use two screws at the top of the small side parts you just cut to create hinges for the legs
  • Cut a small strip of thin wood  and attach at the bottom backside of each one of the legs for support
  • Cut the finger pull from the original cutting board the same width as your iPad stand and use small finishing nails to attach it to the bottom of the stand (this is the part that holds the iPad)
  • Finally, drill a hole at the top of your stand to hang it in your kitchen
Many thanks to my amazing and incredibly handy dad for helping me so much with this project! My iPad stand is so much better than I dreamed up, and I am so excited to use it in the kitchen!

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great addition to any kitchen!


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