|Project by Metrotek||posted 01-21-2011 01:55 AM||5248 views||7 times favorited||23 comments|
This is the laptop stand I made for MACHINE [that’s my computers name]. I have a really serious illness that is supposedly terminal [but I’ve beat the reaper out of two more Christmas’], and some days I’m the bug rather than the windshield so I needed my computer to be easily accessed from my bed, both lying down and sitting up.
The stand is made from particle board and mostly MDF. MDF is an interesting material but it really gums up my hole saws and is somewhat delicate when screwing it together similar to compressed cardboard.
My Grandfather and father would have gone berserk if they new I worked with these kind of man made forestry products and called it woodworking. My Grandfather and father owned a sash and door company in Wichita when I was born in ‘49 and in addition to being an expert multiple knife, knife grinder for production molders he was also the superintendent eventually of the largest hardwood company on the west coast. [The entire common area of our house was panelled in random width five, seven and nine, number one tongue and groove ash, some places eighteen feet in height/length.
For engineering and mechanical projects the stuff is great because one doesn’t need to know anything about wood and there is no grain direction; just decide how the piece will look and get to cutting. Additionally, it is really close on nominal dimension so I just add pieces together to get different thicknesses, holds it dimensions well, glues really well, but you don’t want to get any water on it!
The platen tilts and is secured by the knob and sliding piece on the side that can be seen in photo 3, and it rotates on its own axis; the arm swings around the aluminun column to position the entire platen assembly for lying down or sitting up. That’s my all-in-one stand in the background. The table slides back towards the right so as to be able to remove a section for access to other itmes below it.
-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe