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Project by Marcial posted 04-29-2018 06:46 PM 392 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The motivation for this little project goes back several years when our cat turned over my coffee cup on to my laptop, water damaging a couple of the keys and significantly decreasing it’s resale value. Andy seemed to have figured out that was not endearing behavior as the little guy hasn’t done anything like that since.
While irritating as all heck, that incident wasn’t going to cure me of surfing the net while eating breakfast. For a while, I used a Windows Surface tablet as insurance against spills. DW took over that device and I was back to a Mac laptop. For a while I used a keyboard film protector, but didn’t like the keyboard tactile response and the laptop in normal position took up a lot of room. In addition, an extra screen at my desktop set up comes in handy.
Thus this solution. The prototype was functional but heavy and, well, ugly.

But it was functional and only took less than an hour and some scraps to make.

The prototype let me also get an idea of optimal angles and dimensions; once I had more time, here is V.2- smaller, lighter and more visually appealing.





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swirt

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 01:17 AM

NIce design. I like it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 07:10 AM

Can you type on it from that position? Looks like the perfect tipping point.

If it is stable, nice job.

Thanks for sharing what your cat taght ya :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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Marcial

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#3 posted 04-30-2018 02:40 PM

@ swirt and etherealSteveN- thanks for your comments. Re tipping point, the original area perpendicular to the base was longer. The tipping point was determined by placing laptop with stand on the edge of a table until it was going to tip backwards, the cut the back part a bit longer. As for typing, all the typing needed for that position/use is to enter a site address or search. The touchpad is easy to use when laptop is on stand.

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mafe

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#4 posted 05-12-2018 05:05 PM

Wonderful idea, this will be good for many uses.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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