Apple iPad Stand

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This is my attempt to make an Apple iPad stand and combine contemporary and Arts and Crafts style designs.
It’s also my first try at marquetry.

The stand is made from mahogany that was leftover from a G & G style ceiling light I built.
Cutting the veneer for the Marquetry. It’s approximately 5/64” thick. 

Removing the band saw marks.


Routing the rabbit in the shelf that holds the iPad. I used a clamped shim to keep the shelf from tilting into the router bit. 

Drilling a starter hole with hand drill w/spring using a 0.028” bit I bought from mikesworkshop.com 
I added a brace to the the saw donkey to hold  the fretsaw in place to make it easier to lock in the blade
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Using the double bevel technique to cut out the Apple logo.
I used black artist oils to paint strips on the apple and leaf to give it a retro look. I’m glad there aren’t  teeth marks on the logo. 

Gluing and clamping the veneer field with the Marquetry to the back of the stand.


Parts of the stand on my bench before  finishing and assembly. 
After applying 5 coats of poly I painted the 1/4”mortices with black oil paint to give them depth. 

Thanks for  viewing this project. 

James McIntyre

33 Comments

Really nice James, Very fitting for a stand. First photo it looked like you had square pins in the corners to lift the I-Pad a little for ventilation. I like the back of the stand and your adjustment that one can make for the viewing angle.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks Eric. Your a good sport and friend. Sorry about what my wacky neighbor put as a comment when I was in Lu. By the time I found what he did it was to late to change it. 
I’m not letting my iPhone open to Craftisian while he’s around again. 

James McIntyre

Looks nice & beefy James, you do a fine job of keeping everything clean and smooth in your designs!.


My wife would love something like that, but of course she'd insist on some bluetooth speakers installed underneath. A few weeks later, a drawer for "stuff", then even later a cup holder and tissue box.
Nicely done! Looks good. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Beautiful work! Much better than propping a tablet up on some books 😁
Thanks splinter. Sounds like your wife has some good ideas for a stand. You better get started. Don’t tell her about the motorized wheels your going to install on it. 

James McIntyre

Looks nice! I like the design:)

No name noobie here

Thanks Steve. I thought I was the only one who used books as a prop. 

My son works for Apple and got me the iPad when he saw the 10 year old one I was using. 

James McIntyre

Thanks Ryan G. 

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Don’t tell her about the motorized wheels your going to install on it. 
Ok, now you've done it! Grrrrrr!

It'll just be easier to build the MIL extension to the house and suffer 😝

James, you change avatars more often than I change my socks!
That’s one high end iPad stand. Nice work
Thanks splint. I also change my socks. My planes have socks too. 

James McIntyre

Thanks Corelz. I won a Standy award at the annual iPad stand awards. 

James McIntyre

Thanks Yrti. I almost burned the branding iron in to much. 

James McIntyre

real nice stand my friend. great job on your first marquetry. looks like you'll be building a chevalet next huh ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Pottz. I don’t know about the Chevalet. I think I’d rather have a Corvette. It also sounds French. You asked me to post it no matter how the marquetry turned out. My lovely wife said it looks like a zebra apple.  I was going for a black and white version of their old rainbow logo.  Go figure. 

James McIntyre

🤣 i think id take the corvette myself !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Very nice Stand. Beautiful design. I like the build photos. Good job James.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Thanks Devin T. 

James McIntyre