Stand for tablet #1 and #2

I made a little stand for my Nexus 7 a while back, before I had this blog. My mother recently bought a Nexus 7, so I decided to make another one for her. In this post I will show you how I made this. All measurements are in metric, with an approximate translation to inches given.

CedrelaFor this second stand, I used the same wood as for the first stand and for my tea box: Cedrela or Spanish Cedar. I had a bunch of this. It’s cheap, smells nice, works easily and I think it looks pretty.

IMG_0240First, I marked off the pieces needed for this project: 1 vertical “back” and one horizontal “foot”. The “back” is 14x26x0.8cm (5 1/2″x10 1/4″x3/8″), the “foot” is 14x12x0.8cm (5 1/2″x4 5/8″x3/8″). I used a knife, because i had it on hand. You can use a pencil, though. Precision is not that important in this step. Do make sure you cut square, though, otherwise your stand will be unstable.

IMG_0241IMG_0243After cutting everything to size, I smoothed up my pieces with my trusted Lie-Nielsen 102. I use this thing for everything.

IMG_0252 IMG_0253Next, I marked out the two feet on the “back”. These are 4cm (1 9/16″) at their widest and 6cm (2 6/16″) apart. Note the square area for the “foot” to rest in. I eyeballed the corner, but I guess it’s about 20 degrees.

IMG_0255I cut the waste out with a coping saw and cut to the line with a wide chisel.


Now to lay out the “foot”. This part needs two notched the width of the other part, and 4cm (1 9/16″) deep, so that it fits between the two feet of the “back”. The notches start a bit more than 2.5cm (1″, that’s an easy one) from the front.IMG_0257

To get the width of the notch accurately, place your knife in the marked line. Push the “back” board up to the knife. Hold it steady and mark. IMG_0258

Mark the ends of the notches 4cm (1 9/16″) from the sides. IMG_0259


…and chisel out. IMG_0262

And now the two parts should fit together! Stand #1 to the left and unfinished stand #2 to the right. If they don’t fit, pare away high spots with a sharp chisel until they slide together with little pressure. Don’t force, the cuts you made makes the board prone to breaking easily, with most woods (found this out the hard way with my first stand). IMG_0263

Last thing before sanding and finishing: the feet of the stand need a bevel to stand flat. You could use a bevel gage and such or get all mathematical. I just put a flat piece of…well you could use anything actually, up to the wood, and drew a line. I used my saw, chisel and block plane to cut to this line and fine tune it until it stood completely flat. IMG_0264

After sanding and planing my corners to cut them a bit, and sanding everything to 1000 grit, I applied my oil-and-wax finish. First, I coat everything with mineral oil. This saturates the wood.IMG_0265 IMG_0266 IMG_0267

Then, I coat the wood evenly with a thin layer of Clou Hartwachs (hard wax). I bought this stuff in Germany, and I’ve only seen it for sale there. It’s a mixture of linseed oil, beeswax and carnauba wax. It dries hard. I let it sit for ten minutes or so, and then rub it out with 0000 steel wool. This is a really easy, fast and durable finish for wooden items that get touched a lot, such as tables and wooden planes.

Stand1nexusStand #1 with my trusty Nexus 7.



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