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Old 11th July 2017, 1:17 PM   #1
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I currently have a large desktop setup (sig below) as well and a Samsung Windows tablet that i use for downloading stuff as my main rig is a bit to loud and draws too much power for 24/7 usage (unless I'm mining or re encoding videos) . I upgraded my monitors a while back and due to the size increase it has made my desk a bit cramped so I want to make a stand to hold my tablet above my monitors for more desk space and easier access to the tablet.

I aim to make a stand that can accommodate any future device that I may purchase so It has to be adjustable and not damage the tablet ( I could easily open the tablet up and make it some VESA like holes but that is a bit too ghetto).

Current situation, the Tablet blocks the bottom on my screen and the Head phones block part of the tablet.


My inspiration comes from those Car mount its for Phones however I don't have the skills to fabricate such slick parts so it may have to be a bit more homely .

To start Ill make the clamps to hold the Tablet. Alu Flat bar to the rescue (20mmx 3mm)


Time to start bending. I was worried about the Alu cracking to I did a bit of googling and found out that you only need to heat it to about 400C to soften the metal. Soap happens to blacken at the same temperature.




When its black its time to wack.


Yes I could have used a blow torch but they are ore expensive that normal gas.

Then just clamp and wack it with a hammer/block of wood.


Some time later


Cut the scrap ends off, I left them on for the first bend as it was only 1cmand that would have been fairly hard to do.


More bending


Time to join them together.



I tapped the upper section, test fit.


Time to make the adjustable slots. thumb screws with hold everything in place and will be able to slide up and down to fit the tablet.


Some dremmeling later.


Another test fit.


Cleaned them up.


Test fitting the tablet.


Still not sure what i will do about the extra depth I have allowed for. Most likely I'll pop in some non slip foam.


Then I need a bit to join the 2 brackets together.


Now a question for everyone. Do you think I need a third piece between the brackets and this last piece to add rigidity. I have some 20mmx10mm I could use.
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Old 11th July 2017, 3:18 PM   #2
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very nice so far.
tempting me to do similar.

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Do you think I need a third piece between the brackets and this last piece to add rigidity
not for rigidity, but it will make it easier to add a stand of some kind.
tablets are pretty damn rigid as it is.
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Old 11th July 2017, 5:06 PM   #3
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...that doesn't damage the tablet

..most likely I'll slip in some foam
I sure hope so, I'm cringing a bit looking at that tablet sitting in the bare metal
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Old 11th July 2017, 5:32 PM   #4
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Also thinking about painting the Tablet Bracket gloss black .

you may also see an appearance from a tonne of Magnets. Thinking about adding height adjust for he stand as a whole. Embedding strong magnets into the stand and then attaching a steel plate to the bracket so I can slide it up and down.
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Old 17th July 2017, 6:29 PM   #5
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Update time.

Almost done and so far all I have spent is $7 on some new paint, everything else has been left over from old project or things i have fished out of building site skips.

Need a Piece of steel for the Magnets to stick to. This is the stand of a large office partition or some such.


Some 1mm sheet steel to hold the magnets in place from the building site nextdoor.


And some old wood


Starting with the stand, some table sawing later everything is taking shape.


Test fitting everything after chiseling the base out.



Routed out a space for the Magnets.


Took the Angle grinder to the plate steel


Drilled some holes in the plate and the clamp bracket


Chopped up some threaded rod.


Welded the rod into the plate, yes I can't weld for shit (My excuse is that my reactive goggles seem to have died to I did it with my eyes closed, cant say it would have been any better with them working though LOL)



Test fit



Prep for painting
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Old 17th July 2017, 6:53 PM   #6
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dude, this is turning out pretty sweet!
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Old 18th July 2017, 9:01 AM   #7
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Nice work! That mount with the 5 bolts looks solid af. Love your style
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Nice work! That mount with the 5 bolts looks solid af. Love your style
Yeah, did not want any play in that connection.

Added a bit of weight to the base using those bits of scrap.



Painted the Bracket and assembled for the last time. Also epoxied some padding in.
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I sure hope so, I'm cringing a bit looking at that tablet sitting in the bare metal
That's me also....with padding it would be ok, but I guess I would feel like I'd still slip somehow and scratch the tablet.
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That's me also....with padding it would be ok, but I guess I would feel like I'd still slip somehow and scratch the tablet.
He put that anti slip rubber matting in the most recent photo... looks good
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He put that anti slip rubber matting in the most recent photo... looks good
Yep and that's what I'm saying, even with protection in the grips I'd still be worried about catching a metal edge somehow
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Yep and that's what I'm saying, even with protection in the grips I'd still be worried about catching a metal edge somehow
I filed most of the corners so that should not be an issue, Also paint/Alu is pretty soft so I highly doubt it will be an issue.
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Yep and that's what I'm saying, even with protection in the grips I'd still be worried about catching a metal edge somehow

It's a learning curve


Good job tho man i might have just gone with perspex less damage
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I think alu is the right choice and the padding is probably the most feasible solution. Maybe plastidip or similar could make the metal a bit more forgiving? but I think careful handling will do just fine It's really easy to overthink these DIY projects to a point they never get done or completely blow the budget... the point is to use whatever materials / tools / skills are available. It's fun to brainstorm though I'd have a ball putting together something like this. my workbench was real fun to build and is an ongoing project as I add bits (lights, backboard, hooks, power points, etc )
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