Sunray Ipad Easel

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Project by PaxJen posted 05-16-2020 05:24 PM 660 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little project started as an experiment with rub joints. I bandsawed a few wedges out of scrap walnut and maple. I hand planed each edge, applied liquid hide glue, rubbed a bit, and blue taped the pieces together. The only tricky part was supporting the tip of the wedge when planing. I reversed another wedge and clamped it underneath the subject wedge in my vise, supporting the tip. I glued a strip of walnut all along the bottom to add strength.

The lovely wife liked the “sunray” design, so something had to be made. More scrap walnut with dominoes and angled cuts to form a base. A bit of tung oil casually applied. A few screws through the base to hold the sunray.

The wife gets credit for spotting the ambrosia maple in the bargain bin at the exotic wood store, for less than $2 a board foot. I regret not getting more. Nothing like bug holes to add a little interest.

The hand plane rub joint did not really work. The front of the joints is fine, but the back shows a little gapping. I am thinking a shooting board might help with this. By the way, the back of the sunray looks different because the walnut had sapwood on one face. I suppose the traditional method would be veneer wedges on a solid substrate.

I realize that I have re-invented a computer screen that leans back, also known as a laptop.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 12:03 AM

Nice job! Yes, the laptop reinvented! Great idea.

-- AJ

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#2 posted 05-26-2020 12:32 PM

This is really cool and very practical for people like my wife that use the iPad for cooking recipes. Great work.

-- Clarquist

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#3 posted 05-26-2020 04:18 PM

Thanks for your kind comments, AJ1104 and MOCO.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 04:21 PM

My mother liked it and so it is now her FaceTime station. She wants a lighter and less clunky version though.

-- Pax - Maryland

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