Life as an Amateur Woodworker #13: E-Reader Stand

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 12-15-2013 04:58 PM 1177 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I both use E-Readers, myself, because there are a limited number of paper books available, and my Wife, because books in Colombia are horrendously expensive. Anyway I digress… My wife wanted a stand for hers, so she could read it comfortably in bed, without having to hold it all the time.

So I came up with a simple design, made of scrap wood lying around the workshop, in this case, some 3/4” ply for the back support, 6mm MDF for the backboard and front strips, and some pine for the side and bottom spacers.

I won’t go into dimensions, because every E-Reader is different, but I ensured the side spacers were a snug fit, and allowed 2mm extra depth so that the Reader would slide in and out without a problem. I stained all the parts before assembly, so I apologise for it not being that easy to see, and after gluing the side and bottom spacers, I then attached the front 6mm strips, to keep the Reader in place.

Finally, I attached the back support, by gluing and screwing, using 5/8” screws. The triangle is angled backward, both to make the Reader easier to see, and to create a good balance, again the angle depends on what is comfortable for you.

I was a bit worried that one support would not be sufficient, when stood on a soft surface, such as a bed, but it works well.

Now I am going back to jigs, and the first will be a taper jig.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 06:08 PM

Love it! I have a purse reader for my commute and an older one for reading before bed so this will be good for the home one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 12:14 AM

Simple designs many time just work out the best, great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 02:15 AM

Thank you both for the comments!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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