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Project by DKV posted 09-01-2012 07:55 PM 2380 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the prototype I just finished. I used two pieces of scrap maple, some brass rod and threaded inserts. The bottom piece of wood has a 1/4-20 insert for the tripod and a 3/8” slot routed on the topside for the tablet to sit in. I drilled two holes on the ends and epoxied the rods in. On the top piece of wood I routed a slot for the top of the tablet to sit in and drilled two end holes for the rod to go through. I used a 10-24 die to thread the rods and 10-24 inserts on the small wood knobs.

On my next one I am going to round over all the edges and lay some insulation tape on the bottom of the slots to cushion the tablet. I also think I will buy some small knurled brass knobs just for the look. I am also going to shorten the two pieces of wood slightly to bring everything more compact.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.





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#1 posted 09-01-2012 08:10 PM

Nice. Also, real nice timing. I was looking for ideas for one of these this morning.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 08:30 PM

TrBlu, I’m not about to pay $50 for one online. I think on my next one I will experiment with springs, like something out of a ballpoint pen so I can use spring action to hold it in place instead of screwing it down. I don’t know but I will post the results. I’ve been looking at some way to attach my tablet to a tripod for quite some time.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 09:59 PM

Did you have to cut out a space for the camera? Hard to tell how deep you routed the dado from the pic.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 10:14 PM

TrBlu, the dado on the bottom is 3/8” deep. The dado on the top piece of wood is only 1/16” deep so as not to interfere with the camera field of view. It all works together well and I can tip the tripod horizontal and the tablet is still secure. I also routed a short 1/8” deep slot within the 1/16” slot on the top piece of wood to keep the power button and volume rocker off of the bottom of the dado.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 10:53 PM

now that is cool! totally not what i expected. That’s the type of design i’ll use if i make another one (with your permission of course)! very innovative

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 02:12 AM

ipad photography. Hmff. just when I thought I saw it all, I am again mystified and sit here wondering who in their right mind would want that, as I cant imagine using an ipad, to even take pictures aside form reference and liability issues I had no idea that you could slow the shutter speed down enough to require a trip pod for an ipad ,so its so stupid that there isnt a chance it could possibly work aside from a conversation stand point but then I ask myself that few are like me, and maybe by some act of starry intervention actually makes that useful.

From a different perspective and the power of observation I have seen a lot of the following.

For the intellectually gifted, the tablet and the droids and the ipad, are as indispensable a tool in my infinitely deep bucket list. Their fingers move across the screen poking, prodding and dragging like its an art. It’s like the “tool” is part of them. I’ve watched the field of medical experts flip through infinite pages of info and would laugh at it, but in the world of building, concrete, steel, glass, and anything pretty much remotely related to construction, that “tripod tablet adaptor” would sell like hotcakes drenched in buttery fat with syrup and bacon at Walmart.

Seriously. I watch people with some serious degrees and they have these toys. It’s awesome to watch them highlight, quickly change and alter dimensions, zooming in and out, but the biggest thing I see, is that the kinda “sketch up, auto cad, whatever your pleasure, is that they all work best with a “stylus” point and poke, tappy pointed tool. The problem with that, is that without a ridgid stand, …….they all look clumsy idiots trying to hold tablet and write. At a job site, there is rarely a desk or a bench where solutions are needed and whens the last time you to got on your knees and bent over doing the doggy position to write notes on the floor…….its awkward ? I do it all the time and its cruel and torturous but I am not an engineer, nor an architect and currently have little use for an ipad or a tablet, Nice but lower in the bucket list.

I think your onto something.

I kinda doubt the elite will buy a wooden one but I certainly see a convenience as an accessory that would sell.

Call China, they will have a plastic proto out for cheap and quick

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 04:31 AM

its like Festool to an architect ?

No ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 04:37 AM

its like Festool to an engineer ?

No ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 04:45 AM

Definite addition to the Shark Tank and Lions Den

skip the wooden part and go with Ikea/Lego style “snap’ style and we have a “winner”

its like a “Kreg” jig 4 the elite

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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