I always like to listen to peppy music or play some of my favorite TV show on the background. I wouldn’t necessarily be watching the show, but just like to hear something energetic or comical on the background. Wearing headphones or earbuds of any kind gives me headache and most of them wouldn’t even stay on my ears for long. Do any of you have such a problem, Or is it just me?!! Anyways, I was looking for a small portable stand that I can keep on my workshop table.
This week earlier I was building a peg board shelf for Naveen’s model car collections and an idea clicked. Why not make a stand in same style with adjustable slants. I even got leftover wood and dowel from that project. So, here comes the DIY tutorial to build your own phone and tablet holder. All it took was an hour to build one.
Its super easy to build and requires very minimal materials. This stand can be placed at three levels of slant according to your need and comfort. Can be also used on kitchen counter top while cooking to see recipes or listen to music.
- 1 x 4 Pine wood
- 1/2″ dia wood dowel
- Paint of your choice
- Clear Polyurethane
- Wood glue
- Jigsaw / Miter box + saw
- Power drill
- Wood boring spade bit – 1/2″
- Sanding block
- Measuring Tape
DIY – Phone and Tablet Holder
Skill level : Beginner
Time taken : 1 hour
Build Cost : < $10
How to build?
- We need a piece of 1×4 cut into two sizes – 7″ and 1″ length. Also cut a 1/2″ wood dowel into 4″ length.
- Next on the rear side of the 7″ wood, mark the center of peg holes. First draw a center line for the 4″ wood width. Usually, these woods are not exactly 4″. They would be around 3.5″. So, measure properly and mark your center. Then, starting from left end mark a point at 1.75″ distance. Then, second and third point at 1.25″ distance center to center.
- Take your spade bit and find how much depth you want to drill. We do not need a hole that is open all the way through the wood. Like shown in below image, place your spade bit on to wood side and find the drilling depth. Tape the blade up to that depth, so that you can stop drilling when it reaches the required depth.
- Now clean up the cut ends and sand to smooth the edges.
- Glue the 1″ wood piece to the front side of the 7″ wood. Make sure that it is the end from which we started to measure those holes on rear.
- Once glue dries, sand the wood and clean with tack cloth.
- If you like the raw wood finish, seal it directly with clear Polyurethane Or personalize with your choice of color before sealing.
I personalized mine with the help of Cricut machine. Its a wonderful tool to make and customize your projects. I bought some permanent vinyl and wanted to test on wood. So, I took the chance and added the below design before finishing with clear PU. If you would like to know about cricut, then check out the DIY projects made with cricut here.
Mount a phone of any size or iPad at your comfortable angle and carry on with your work. Its sturdy, lightweight and versatile for both portrait and landscape view. You can also charge your device while in landscape. Or you can improvise this design by drilling hole on the bottom wood piece and add a charging wire. Overall, you will absolutely love it.