I told my husband that if he needs a gift idea I would really like an iPad holder for my kitchen counter. That was a year ago.
And still no holder.
So I made one instead.
I’ll forgive him; this time. He is a busy man after all.
You know how when people say “oh, it was so easy to make. It only took me an hour” and I smile and nod but really I’m dizzy from all the frantic eye rolling going on in my head? Well, this really is that easy. Pinky swear.
You could use really any sort of wood you want, I used a piece of plywood. Yup. Plywood. Because it’s the only thing I had on hand that was the right thickness.
I measured and cut one 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece of the plywood. Then another 1″ x 8 1/2 and 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pieces.
I then glued the 1″ and 1 1/2″ pieces together with wood glue. You could nail or use screws too, but I didn’t want to see any marks. Personal preference.
And apparently I clamped the daylight out of it. Guess I wanted to ensure a good bond?
Once the glue was dried I attached it to the back piece of the holder, again with glue. And again clamped within an inch of its life.
Of course after it was all dried I realized I wanted to include a space for the power button on the front of the iPad so I wouldn’t have to lift it out of the holder every time I needed to use it. It would’ve been so much more convenient had I thought of that earlier.
But because I didn’t plan well, I very carefully added it after. I would really recommend you not repeat what I did and instead use a dremel tool or a round drill bit to create the cut out space. If you must know, I traced half a quarter (yes a quarter, as in 25 cents) onto the plywood and then used my jig saw. That would’ve been all fine and dandy if it wasn’t already attached to the back piece. I had to very carefully use the jig saw without cutting into the back and it was not easy.
It worked and all is well. But just take my word and don’t do it that way.
Is it that obvious I’m learning as I go?
Ok, now with that little debacle out of the way I had to make the ‘stand’ piece that attaches to the back. I would’ve just used more plywood, but I found a piece of wood the same thickness that was already cut at a 45 degree angle on one end. I was planning to use the miter saw to do this anyhow, but it turns out this pretty little piece of scrap already had the work done for me! I cut it to 1 1/2″ wide and 6″ long.
I then sanded all the pieces of wood and stained with one coat of Minwax special walnut stain.
I attached the stand to the back of the iPad holder with a small hinge and I had to add a piece of string as well to keep the holder at the angle I wanted.
I kind of like how the stained layers of the plywood look.
You could end here if you wanted.
But I wasn’t done.
I personalized, then applied one coat of poly and here is my finished iPad holder!
It really took only 1 hr to cut and assemble. And goes together so easily. But anytime you are staining, painting or adding a coat of poly your time will increase considerably. But that’s just dry time and nothing is easier than watching paint dry!
Want to know the other little gem about this iPad holder? It cost me $1.27 to make. Honest. But that’s because I had everything except the hinge on hand!