We have children. As a parent, I’ve learnt two absolute rules concerning children:
- Kids love using tablets/iPads.
- Kids break tablets/iPads.
In our household, we have one communal tablet that our three kids share. To prevent rule number 2, we bought an expensive, shock-absorbent, built-in-stand, bounce-when-dropped, would-take-a-nuclear-explosion-to-destroy-this-mother tablet holder. Which, after months of abuse, no longer stands up by itself.
Here is the tablet in its natural habitat: playing Peppa Pig. Here is what happens when I let go:
Cue endless crying from our kids.
Being the complete tight-arse that I am, I refuse to buy another tablet holder. This one still protects our tablet, it just doesn’t stand up anymore. So I decided to build a wooden tablet stand.
I dug out a piece of wood from my stash and cut it in half (pic shows full piece).
My table saw is adjustable to allow beveled cuts. I hadn’t used this feature before so I felt crazy-adventurous as I set the table saw to 25degrees. I’m so wild, there’s no stopping me now!
I adjusted the height of the saw blade to about a third of the way through my wood.
Then I cut two slits in the wood (those with a keen eye will spot my mistake immediately).
I ran it through the table saw again and again until I’d created a channel wide enough to slot the other piece of wood into. When I went to stand my back piece of wood up in the slot I realised that I’d cut the angle the wrong way, meaning the stand would have been back-heavy and probably toppled over.
So I flipped the wood over and cut a new channel. I smoothed the channel out with a hand chisel and tried again.
Yes! The back piece fits, it just needs to be cut at an angle.
I set my mitre saw to 25degrees.
I cut one edge at that angle and did a dry fit.
*Happy dance!* This is the part where any craftsman worth their salt would putty up the mistaken channel … but I didn’t have time so I left it. I sanded and stained the two pieces and then glued and screwed from underneath.
Now let’s pretend for a minute that I use this tablet for anything other than Peppa Pig.
Don’t mind me, I’m just whipping up some margarita carnitas.
This is one of my favourite dinner recipes at the moment – it’s so tangy! I have no innate cooking talent but I can follow a recipe (so long as there’s no fancy techniques going on).
I should point out that my tablet stand works really well for us – the tablet doesn’t slip down because the orange, rubber holder makes it non-slip. If I were making a wooden stand for a naked tablet I’d add a lip at the front so the tablet didn’t slip off.
Big thanks to Susan from Culinary Envy, for graciously allowing me to use her recipe for these non-Peppa-Pig shots.
I think if I had a long enough board I could crank out half a dozen of these from the one plank. They’d make great housewarming presents or hostess gifts. Mine was free but even with the cost of a plank these would turn out super cheap. They’d look good with a stenciled monogram or maybe some colour blocking. So many options!