iPad holder with “patent improvements”

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Project by CFrye posted 03-01-2021 12:18 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by LJ Bradgkm’s version I decided to make my own. After I got it close to the same as his I sent a picture to my sister (his wife). She liked it but muttered something about patent infringement to which I replied “It’s not infringement if I make improvements.” My first thought was to add a pencil cup holder that would sit behind the iPad and hold a stylus. Eventually ditched that idea. I did add a slot in front to hold the phone. That entailed making a jig to secure (with carpet tape) the now round board to in order to safely run it through the table saw again. Major improvement was adding a handle! I had done some spindle turning practice on a glued up piece of pine that ended up looking somewhat handle-ish. I shortened it a bit and cut a tenon on the end to fit into a mortise recessed into the base, back of center. I wanted to embellish it so got some acrylic paint and little brushes. The giraffe head is a doodle I’ve done for years on paper so I added it and some flowers and bushes. One of my old US pins covers the tail stock indent from the lathe. The handle is wrapped top and bottom with cordage secured with an entire bottle of Gorilla Glue. A metal hook was added to hold headphones. With the exception of the paint, glue and finish everything is stuff I had on hand. It was finished in two pieces with 3 coats of Rustoleum rattle can lacquer. After drying the post was glued and screwed to the base and adhesive cork applied to the bottom.

I really like how this turned out. The handle makes it so easy to pick up and move. It’s kinda self leveling. The extra slot allows for different viewing angles. It has a giraffe on it. What more could a girl want!?
Stats 12 3/4”tall, 9 3/4“ diameter, the slots are 3/8”deep X 3/8”- 1/2” wide (the phone required a wider slot due to its case).
EDIT: more pics

-- God bless, Candy

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 12:34 PM

Awesome job. I like the additions to the wood. Gives it a very personal touch.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 01:31 PM

Spiffy! Nicely done, Candy!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 02:05 PM

Is that an Army pin? Sure looks like it.
nice work. Bet you could sell a few of those

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 02:10 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 02:35 PM

Very creative design. Nice!!!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-01-2021 02:46 PM

Guess we can see who has the talent in your house:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 02:48 PM

Looks great!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 03-01-2021 03:23 PM


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 03-01-2021 03:30 PM

Nice job and you definitely improved it a bit. The only problem is you didn’t show the painting very well. It looks like you have another talent you are hiding from us.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#10 posted 03-01-2021 03:36 PM

Very cool looking Candy! Definitely not a boring display for you equipment! Nice US pin….if served…. Thank you for your service!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 03-01-2021 03:52 PM

Cool idea and I’m sure the LJ you were inspired by doesn’t have a patent on his.

I like how you added the the center handle, it adds more support.

What type of gorilla glue did you use for the cord?

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 03-01-2021 04:06 PM

A lot going on there! I certainly appreciate anyone with the talent to hand paint a design like that and you scored big time. Beautiful work!

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#13 posted 03-01-2021 05:25 PM

Great design, well done. lots of thought went into that. Love the details, the painting, the wrap, the pin on top, very cool…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 03-01-2021 06:10 PM

Nice work there Candy,
didn’t anybody else notice the good looking woman in the photo too!
A definite improvement to our project presentation skills

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 03-01-2021 06:12 PM

That is nice Candy!! Shows all kinds of talent there! I like it!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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