Scissor arm tablet support

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 02-20-2017 03:20 PM 1221 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made a scissor lamp a while back and used it as a base to make a scissor arm for my tablet. I just built a built in bookcase in the bedroom and I attached the arm to the edge of the bookcase and it extends far enough to hold the tablet while I am laying in bed. The wood is Maple and Elm. The dowel is Oak from Home Depot.

The strips are 1/4 inch x 1 inch x 14 inches. Each pivot point uses a 1/4 inch bolt with three flat washers and a nyloc nut. It extends out about 40 inches.

The tablet I have is an iPad and it holds it well.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 03:29 PM

Nice little accessory. Can you show pix of the iPad attached?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 05:11 PM

Interesting project-

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-20-2017 05:14 PM

Very well done. I would also like to see a pic with the tablet attached, in service, so to speak.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 09:50 PM

This is a wonderful accessory and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 02:22 AM

Great idea, doubt I would use this in the bedroom but many other applications!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Scott Oldre

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#6 posted 02-21-2017 01:40 PM

I think it’s awesome.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 02-21-2017 02:37 PM

Thank you for all of the comments.
Because of where it is mounted it was difficult to get a good picture of it with the tablet mounted. It is attached to the side of the built in bookcase but since it is not complete yet I have not posted it yet.

The bookcase has LED puck lights at the top but it is really difficult to get a good picture with the lights on. I still need to make a cover for the top to cover the wiring.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#8 posted 02-21-2017 05:01 PM

I have got to try making something like this! A very cool idea.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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