|Project by ScottyH||posted 12-30-2013 08:27 PM||1644 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
Jatoba iPad Stands
So I ordered some Jatoba 2×2x12 blanks (from Bellforestproducts.com) 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.