How to Make Your Own Tablet Stand

How to make your own iPad display stand.
Let’s talk tablets, and their cool accessory, the tablet stand. I’ve been eying plenty of styles sold at plenty of price points, but what we needed was something versatile, something that could transition from the kitchen, where I make at least one dinner a week from a website-hosted recipe, to the living room, where it’s nice to have it propped up on the coffee table. When it came right down to it, I realized that making my own model would be easy (and free, thanks to a pretty piece of reclaimed wood that I already had), so that’s what I set out to do.

How-To Tip: Click in the corners of the how-to photos to bring up a gallery where you can view the instructional images up close.


Step 1

 Open GallerySet the chop saw to the angle which you'd like to cut at.Determine the angle at which your device is most useful, and set your chop saw angle accordingly. For me with my iPad, it was between 10 to 15 degrees.

Step 2

 Open GalleryTest the angle of the cuts and the depth of the cuts with the chop saw on a piece of scrap wood.Find a piece of scrap wood and do a lot of test cuts to test the angle you’ve chosen, and also test the depth of the cut. Use the blade like a dado to shave away the area, creating enough space for your device to rest within.

Step 3

 Open GalleryMake cuts through your good wood once the settings are to your liking.Once you’re satisfied with the test cuts, bring in your real wood supply. If you have special reclaimed wood like I do, be sure to angle and position your piece so that the natural weathered wood edge is exposed and will be the front of the holder. This is less important if you’re working with new lumber, like a poplar or pine, or a rare wood that you can find at certain lumber stores. Make cuts repeatedly.

Step 4

 Open GalleryMake cuts in wood to create your own reclaimed tablet stand! Mine is for the iPad.Be extra diligent in trying to make your dado cuts smooth, with as few ridges in the base of your cut as possible.

Step 5

 Open GalleryCut your reclaimed wood to size so that it won't be bound to tip under the weight of your tablet.With the angled cut made, test it with your product. Once the fit is perfect, trim your board to length. Mine is approximately 7″ deep, creating a very sturdy base beneath the iPad.

Step 6

 Open GalleryMake a reclaimed wood stand for your tablet.Enjoy your stabilized tablet and its pretty, reclaimed base!


  • Lumber of choice (mine was free reclaimed wood, well weathered in nature)


  • Chop saw
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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