Jatoba iPad Stands

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Project by ScottyH posted 12-30-2013 08:27 PM 1980 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jatoba iPad Stands

So I ordered some Jatoba 2×2x12 blanks (from to make iPad stands for Christmas. With 2 blanks I was able to make 3 stands that are about 4L x 4W x 2H. I just trued up the blanks since they came a little rough and I used biscuits to align them for glue up. Just make sure the biscuits are positioned so when you cut the 12inch long glued up blank to 4 inch sizes, you won’t see them. All in all, each stand cost about $3.33 per stand + shipping.

Once the glue up is done, plane up the edges so everything is square. I kept faces marked so I had planned out what the top and bottom would be, again, to avoid seeing the biscuits. Jatoba is a pretty tight grained wood, so it took some trial and error to find the right way to plane it true. I also needed to make sure my planes were set pretty fine and nice and sharp.

I marked out the groove with pencil and used the sliding bevel to plan the angles. I cut out the grooves with a back saw on the rip. My saw kind of sucks so it was a good amount of saw work, but that’s kind of what I would expect from a $10 box store product. Too bad I a few days later I got a new verities dovetail saw that would have been nice to use.

I took a 1/2” chisel to the waste and just knocked it out close to the knife line to remove all the waste at once, paring down to my mark.

I hand routed the hole in the front to give access to the home button using a 1/4” straight bit and smoothed/refined the edge using a dremel with drum sander.

The finish is Zinsser shellac and paste wax which gave it a nice feel in the hand.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 09:53 PM

They should be able to handle an Ipad. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 06:21 AM

They looks nice. Thanks for sharing dimensions and build details. I have been thinking of making something like that as a gift but had no idea for dimensions because I don’t own an ipad.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 07:22 PM

The groove is about 1/2” wide at a 15-20 degree angle.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 04:34 PM

Cool build! Like the design and the wood is really pretty. Great job!

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