It’s been a while since I’ve done any engineering/DIY posts so today I’ll change that and show you how to make your very own MacBook Pro stand.
Here are the materials you will need: (1)1.5×1.5 foot sheets .25inch of Acrylic (2)Acrylic glue (3)Table saw (4)sandpaper. First start by getting out you acrylic sheets and marking where you need cut. Here are the dimensions for the various pieces:
After marking down the lines on the acrylic it’s time to visit the table saw. This is by far the hardest and most dangerous step in constructing the stand, but with a little common sense you should be fine. Obviously one of the most important parts of the saw is the blade. Websites that I have read suggest that you use a carbide tipped blade with ~ 5 teeth/inch. Despite this suggestion I ended up just using a normal carbide blade with ~ 2 teeth/inch and everything turned out fine (just had to do a little more sanding). Most of the parts are pretty simple to cut except the legs. To compensate for this I made a simple jig that allowed me to make the cut.
After cutting all the pieces it is time to sand the edges so they can be glued. To do that I suggest starting out with fairly rough sandpaper, something around 50 grit should work. From there move to 100 grit and finished it all of with 320 grit paper.
The final step is to get everything glued together. Because this was my first time I used a general acrylic glue made for aquariums. It’s more forgiving and easier to work with in my opinion, however it doesn’t look as good nor is it as strong as glues
that actually melt the acrylic pieces together. So after you have decided which type of glue to use just put all of the parts together according to my diagram, let the glue dry, and you’re done!!!
Though the stand has a old G4 PowerBook on it the stand was actually made to fit my MacBook Pro which I got soon after.
Hope you enjoy your Stand!!!