Halo tablet stand

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Project by Darkeyce posted 10-23-2012 09:35 PM 2763 views 9 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry and Walnut Tablet stand finished with Daly’s Glossy Profin and wine flocking from Rockler for the dado linings. Another challenge from a friend of mine to see if we could make a wooden version of something we saw in plastic.

For those of you that might care :)
Piece was fairly straightforward to put together out of some leftover material. I had 2 pieces of 4/4 walnut about 3” wide by 8” long and one piece of 6/4 cherry 2” x 9”.

Bandsaw the Cherry into 1/8” veneers and glue them up edgewise 3 boards wide, then glue those onto both faces of the walnut. Edge the walnut/cherry blanks into two rectangular pieces roughly the same size. Keep a few scraps of the 1/8” (or slightly over) scraps for splines.

Using your handy compass (or pencil on a string) draw a 6 1/2” circle on a piece of paper to use as a cutting template. Reduce the diameter by 5/8” on your compass and draw a second circle inside the first using the same centerpoint. Cuts the template in half, we’ll use this to gauge where to cut the dadoes and later attach it to the blanks.

Roughly position the template on one of the blanks to determine where to set the table saw fence to cut the tablet slot dadoes. Cut 1/2” x 1/2” dadoes on one face of each blank, one 10% and one 7%. (Hindsight says a 5/8” depth would be slightly more pleasing to the eye with this thickness walnut)

Attach the templates to the blanks.

Set the bandsaw table to a 10 deg right tilt (you can set this to any angle you want, but realize this will be the outside slope of the ring, if you make it too steep you will have to make the base wider so you actually have a top lip and not a peak) cut the OUTSIDE curve on the template. You’re actually cutting the ring upside down.

Take the resulting half circles to the table saw and adjsut the fence such that the saw kerf is aligned with where you want the spline to be inthe outside ring face. Cut a kerf in both half circles. Cutting the Kerf now ensure the spline cuts line up later.

Take the half circles back to the bandsaw and reset the table to level (or square to the blade). Cut the inside curve.

Using some of the leftover 1/8” cherry scraps, dry fit the splines, then glue everything together.

Sand and finish as desired

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 06:52 PM

Great design, gonna have to see if the wife wants one of these. very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 02:20 PM

Wow! What a good idea. I like this more than those plastic stands they make for these tablets. Nice work.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 02:40 PM

Thanks Roger!
After putting this one together for fun i got a commission to do another one, that guys family liked it enough to commission one more. It’s funny that you mentioned the plastic stands that are out there. The woman that commissioned the second one said “why would i put a $500 tablet in a $0.50 stand?”

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