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Hey remember that iPad holder/stand/slantboard thing I tried to whip up a while back? I went back to the virtual drawing board that is SketchUp, came up with a different design, and made the thing.

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I used scrap pine I had lying around for the frame, and bought a sheet of dry-erase hardboard for the top. What you don’t see is under that shelf-looking bit; I attached a piece of EVA foam that sits a little higher than the bottom of the frame so “Student” can use this on his lap as well. There’s an overhang all the way around the top so we can use binder clips to attach papers. 

All that planning, sawing, gluing, nailing, sanding, spraying… I ended up with a product that I’m proud of. However, “Student” was unimpressed and tossed it to the floor. Not a total loss, because I enjoyed the process and gained experience. 

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I was inspired to design and build a simple desktop book stand thingy for a student to use in place of a big three-ring binder. I thought I could bang it out today and bring it to work tomorrow. I’m not satisfied with the results. It came out shoddy and looks/feels makeshift, which it is. Project abandoned!

It was not all for naught. I had fun quickly designing something in SketchUp and I got to play around in the woodshop. I used scrap and spare hardware so it didn’t cost anything directly. Now I know my 20 minute design won’t work, so I learned something from the process. I’m going to research existing products and try again.

Even though the result is unusable, the process was rewarding. I practiced my skills. I got that “workshop zen” feeling where my mind quiets down for a while. I don’t get to show off a cool finished product tomorrow, but I don’t regret spending my Sunday afternoon in the shop.