|Project by MattObjects||posted 11-27-2013 09:29 AM||5170 views||19 times favorited||21 comments|
Last week, I was told i would need reconstructive orthopedic surgery to my foot that would require me to spend 2 weeks afterward flat on my back with my foot elevated in the air. I wanted a stand that could go next to the bed and hold my laptop at a good distance and angle for typing as well as hold it higher and at a different angle for watching movies on the screen. I also wanted the stand to serve as a writing desk from bed, to hold my iPad at “using” and “viewing” angles, and to work from the couch as well for weeks 3-6 of recovery when I won’t be confined strictly to bed. I couldn’t find what I wanted online, so I designed and built this.
The stand is made from 3/4” void-free baltic birch plywood, except for the laptop tray, which is made of pine (to keep it light and because I was running out of time to make it out of anything else). The hinges rotate through multiple fixed points and are held in place with removable poplar dowels. The holes for the dowels are set up so that the there is a hole in the second joint that will level the tray for every height setting in the first joint. The third joint rotates the tray at 20 degree intervals from being completely upside own to completely right side up. The long first arm allows it to fit over the arm of the couch. Because of the curve of the arms, the base of the stand is almost directly beneath the laptop tray at most points of adjustment so it is very stable. Removable velcro and a length of shock cord (not shown in photos) helps hold the laptop and ipad to the tray in inverted positions.
I didn’t have time to apply any finish to the wood, and in fact only had time to sand it to 120 grit before running out of time to work on it. The surgery was Tuesday morning and went well. I am typing using the stand from bed right now. Glad to have lumberjocks to keep me sane through the months when I won’t be able to get out to my own shop!