diy laptop stand from ring binders
- 2 (or more) ring binders with lever arch mechanism
- pliers (water pump pliers, combination pliers recommended)
- 7 wood screws (e.g. 4x16)
- Prepare the binders
- Open the binders and with pliers bend open the little metal tongues that hold the arch in place.
- Pull out the arch under the now open tongues. Do not throw it away, you'll need it later!
- Bend the remaining poles downward (they'd prevent closing the folder).
- Repeat for the 2nd binder.
- Take some measurements
- Grab the archs that you removed earlier. Place it at the front of the binder and close the cover.
- With one hand pressing the binder closed pull the arch to the front so it's in a position where the cover is firmly holding it.
- With the ruler measure the distance from the binders corner to the arch (4.3cm for me).
- Measure the height of the binder and the inner and outer width of the archs.
- Calculate the positions you have to place the archs (not really neccessary but even distances look better): Binder height - 2*arch outer width - arch inner width * 0.5. (Using a german A4 binder I got 32cm for height and 8.4cm for outer width, 7.4 cm for inner width. So it's (32-8.4-8.4-7.6)/2=3.8cm)
- Mark the distance you have just calculated (e.g. 3.8cm) from the left and right borders and the distance you've measured from front (e.g. 4.3cm).
- Place the arch next to these markings and mark the spots right inside the corners of the arch. This is where you'll have to put the screws later on.
- Get them together
- Place one binder on the table, open the second one, put it on top of the first and align them so the corners match up.
- Put 3 screws through the bottom of the upper binder one into the top of the lower one to fix them together.
- Put screws through the spots you've previously marked (but don't put the all the way in yet!)
- Hang the arch in the screws and put the screws as far in as they don't push the arch away.
- Finishing touches
- The cover will want to open itself a little when the laptop is not placed on the stand. To prevent that just use some tape to keep it down.
- If you've used more than 2 folders you may want to put some long screws through all the folders for increased stability.
- You may use more than 2 binders if you need the stand to be higher.
- The screws sticking through the binders might not be very child-safe. You may drill holes and use machine screws and nuts instead (probably wise to use a washer as well then).