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Project by Metrotek posted 01-21-2011 01:55 AM 6354 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the laptop stand I made for MACHINE [that’s my computers name]. I have a really serious illness that is supposedly terminal [but I’ve beat the reaper out of two more Christmas’], and some days I’m the bug rather than the windshield so I needed my computer to be easily accessed from my bed, both lying down and sitting up.
The stand is made from particle board and mostly MDF. MDF is an interesting material but it really gums up my hole saws and is somewhat delicate when screwing it together similar to compressed cardboard.
My Grandfather and father would have gone berserk if they new I worked with these kind of man made forestry products and called it woodworking. My Grandfather and father owned a sash and door company in Wichita when I was born in ‘49 and in addition to being an expert multiple knife, knife grinder for production molders he was also the superintendent eventually of the largest hardwood company on the west coast. [The entire common area of our house was panelled in random width five, seven and nine, number one tongue and groove ash, some places eighteen feet in height/length.
For engineering and mechanical projects the stuff is great because one doesn’t need to know anything about wood and there is no grain direction; just decide how the piece will look and get to cutting. Additionally, it is really close on nominal dimension so I just add pieces together to get different thicknesses, holds it dimensions well, glues really well, but you don’t want to get any water on it!
The platen tilts and is secured by the knob and sliding piece on the side that can be seen in photo 3, and it rotates on its own axis; the arm swings around the aluminun column to position the entire platen assembly for lying down or sitting up. That’s my all-in-one stand in the background. The table slides back towards the right so as to be able to remove a section for access to other itmes below it.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 02:29 AM

that is very cool! If you get a chance to video tape, I’d love to see that puppy in action! Looks complicated! Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 02:38 AM

look like a lot off work and to bee a clever device :-)
is there a chance you have some pictures of it stripped naked
and some close up of the construktion
just so we can admire the hole construction and the work you have put into it

thank´s for sharing :-)

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 02:57 AM

Sorry to hear of your illness. It’s nice that you are able to create wonderful things like this to aid your life when things are so great. Love the complexity of the stand. Good work!!

-- If you build it, they will come

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 03:00 AM

That is some neat rig – looks like it can move every which way. MDF is definitely all that you described and certainly can be very useful. Good work – hope to see more from you.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 03:46 AM

That really is impressive! I love wooden “machinery”. Not to mention you kicking the snot out of doctors predictions! Perhaps woodworking has helped keep you in the game. Welcome, and keep posting!

-- --bch

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 07:03 AM

Not knowing your father or grandfather, I think they would have been proud of what you have accomplished there. While not some exotic hard wood from never never land, it is robust and gets the job done and frankly is beautiful in it’s mechanized look. I love that. They were both born before somebody discovered sawdust had another purpose, and I would think the business man in them, that you chose a product that is well suited to this task and saved you money along the way, was a very good thing. Very nice work, you should be proud, as I am certain your father and grandfather are. As the Aussies say, good on ya mate.

-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice.

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 07:09 AM

Usually this type of stand is made made of metal. This stand you created is original, and of course looks much better than metal. All the best to you !!!

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 08:47 AM

I’m finding there is a large amount of engineering and machinist skills needed to be a good woodworker. The medium does not the craftsman make.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 11:32 AM

You are all so kind and generous. Thank you.
I don’t have any photos of it without all of the wiring and MACHINE sitting on it but when I am feeling quite well I will remove MACHINE from the stand and give it a photographic go; I have my friend and roommates digital camera so it is really quite easy to do.
I like machines too and everything that I build always come out looking like a machine and industrial; I’ve basically been an engineer even when I was a tot. My resident physicians always find it a little amusing and interesting that my friend and I would cut school and then go to the Standford University libraries. I’m definitely a hardware groupie.
I rent a room in the house from my friend and live as if I’m on a sail boat so I create things to capitalize on space and this evening I just finished a shoe rack that sits on the foot board of my bed. Perhaps I’ll post this sometime. It was the only free space I had remaining. My bed is on risers and I built a wooden under the bed box for food that rolls on a set of bogies and eight wooden wheels. It’s so heavy that I had to lay down tracks on the carpet.
I want to make a router lift next. I’ve been researching them on the internet. There are some really nice ones that fellows have deisgned and made.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 12:28 PM

Nice job and congrats on keeping strong! Very complex looking glad it works well, very interesting.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 12:32 PM

I lived on my 28’ sailboat for 4 years and you’ve got a lot more room than I had! LOL You’ve done a great job on your laptop stand.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 01:57 PM

Great job, impressive where our minds can take us when we want.
You are a true spirit, keep this up, this impress me even more.
This is not ‘just’ MDF it’s invention, you are a light in many ways.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 01-21-2011 03:16 PM

Great looking stand. Did you plan it all at once, or was it a work in progress?

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 05:04 PM

It was planned all at once and then it became a work in progress.
Here’s some photos of my under the bed food box.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#15 posted 01-21-2011 08:37 PM

Great laptop stand, and the other projects are neat also. Very practical.

Welcome to LJ.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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