My iPad deserves better than the ugly beige plastic cookbook holder I’ve been using to prop it up. Instead of splurging on an expensive pre-made one, I decided to build a one-of-a-kind brushed aluminum stand. A trip to my local hardware store yielded the channel aluminum, flat bar, and hardware fittings I’d need. Cutting, drilling, and finishing with my Dremel made this beauty come together in a single afternoon. The iPad is very secure in this stand, thanks to the angles involved, and a bit of gravity.


Dremel Rotary Tool with metal cutting wheel, grinding wheel, and wire brush wheel
Dremel WorkStation 220-01 (or clamps and hand drill)
1/4″ drill bit
41/64″x1/2″x1/16″ aluminum channel (you’ll need a 10 1/2″ length)
1/8″x1/2″ aluminum flat bar (you’ll need two 7″ lengths)
Two 1/4″x1 1/2″ bolts with finish washers and hex nuts
Metal file
Permanent marker
Bench vise
Safety goggles

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John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.