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A project that I’ve had in mind for a good while is a tablet holder for my iPad. For the most part, I use my iPad while reclining on the sofa or in the car, but every once in a while, I use it to make a recipe and found it awkward to continuously look down at the screen to read the recipe.
I saw a few ideas online for tablet holders and after talking about it with Mr. SP, he came up with a very easy-to-make tablet holder that only requires two pieces.
Making the tablet holder wasn’t at all difficult or time consuming. Here’s how we did it:
Cut 6” x 6” and 6” x 8” pieces from a 6” plank of wood using a compound miter saw. We used cedar leftover from making our Chippendale Door but pine or poplar would be a more economical choice.
Our cedar was a bit rough, so we ran it through the planer to smooth it down.
Since I knew that I planned to make multiple holders for gifts, I ran the rest of the cedar plank through the planer to smooth both sides.
A groove was routed in the 6”x”6 piece. This piece is the base of the tablet holder.
I originally cut the bottom piece at 6”x7” and realized it was too long. I used the bottom of a nut can to draw an oval 1” in and cut it out using a band saw.
The miter saw was then set to 22 1/2 to cut an angle on one end of the 6”x8” piece.
Both pieces were sanded with a palm sander until smooth.
The top and bottom pieces were set in place and held by a clamp while holes were drilled for the screws.
After the holes were drilled, the clamp was released a bead of glue was added to the bottom piece. The two pieces were joined back together, clamped, and then screws were drilled into place.
At this point the piece can be stained or painted.
I stained the tablet holder with Minwax Golden Oak stain that we had leftover from another project.
After the first holder was made, the next day five more were completed using the rest of the cedar plank. Note that I did not round the bottom piece on any of these, instead I cut the bottom corners off at varying angles.
I used my woodworker’s branding iron to mark each piece with my logo.
Now when I cook, my tablet will be easy to see using my handy new tablet holder.