How-To Projects | August 21, 2020

Studying Solution: DIY Laptop Stand

We all remember our last year of school, so we know senioritis is real. Now with a teen of your own, we have a DIY project that can at least make sure their back pain and neck strain don’t have to be. Whether it’s homework (here’s to hoping) or late-night Netflix binges (if we’re being realistic), this DIY laptop stand is the best solution for those device-driven posture problems.



Measure and mark your desired cuts on the 1/2” plywood sheet and cut down as follows:
  • (1) – 1" x 19" (stop board)
  • (2) – 2-1/2" x 20" (cross supports)
  • (2) – 17" x 24" (legs)


Step 1

Cut all material using the Lumber & Cut Sheet Layout Guide. 
Group the straight cuts together, starting with the smallest panels first. Create a fence, using the straight board and clamps to help guide the edge of the circular saw, so you’re able to make a straight cut.

Cut the small boards first. Clamp the panel to a sturdy support—measure the panel height and clamp the fence in the proper position. When setting your fence, make sure to check the measurement of the edge of the blade to the edge of the circular saw base plate. Move the fence and clamps back and continue cutting the panels. After you made your 17" x 24" cut, realign the fence to cut the angles on the Z legs (A&B).

Step 2

Use the diagram to draw the dimensions for the Z legs on the (A&B) panels. 

Step 3

Using the 5/8" spade bit, drill holes in the (2) inside corners of the Z legs.

To help prevent the holes from tearing through the underside of the panel and damaging your workspace, take a scrap board and clamp it tightly to the bottom of your panel. Drill through the top panel into the bottom board.
Using the jigsaw, cut out the (Z) shape, matching the tangency of the (2) 5/8" holes to the jigsaw cut. Repeat this step for the second Z leg. 

Step 4

Measure and mark the locations for the (2) 2-1/2" cross-supports on both Z legs (see diagram). Then use the jigsaw to cut the 1/2" deep slots.

Step 5

Use the countersink bit to drill holes in the locations shown in the diagram. Drill holes on both ends of the (2) cross-support boards. Each hole needs to be 3/8" from the from the ends–and 1/2" from the sides.
The 1" x 19" stop boards have (3) holes: (1) in the middle, (2) set at 1" from the end and 3/8" from the bottom edge.
We recommend wearing safety glasses while operating power tools. 

Step 6

Center the stop board on (1) of the cross-support boards, making sure to match up the bottom edges. Clamp together using the countersink holes as a guide. Now drill a 1/16" hole, 1/2" deep into the cross-support board. (This helps prevent the board from splitting.) (insert diagram) Glue then screw the boards together using the #6 x 1” wood screws 
PRO-TIP: Wrap masking tape around the drill bit to set the depth of the hole. When the tape meets the wood, stop drilling.

Step 7

Attach the (2) cross-supports to the Z legs, using the same method as in Step 6. Let the glue dry before finishing the project.

Step 8

Sand to your liking and then paint, stain or leave it natural for a fresh, modern vibe.


Your kid is going to be rocking high school this year. If you build one, post your pics and tag us at #DoItWithHART. 
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