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Tablet Stand

Put your electronic tablet or e-reader to work on a make-it-yourself stand you can build for less than $20.

Tablet stand

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter box and back saw
  • Cordless drill
  • 3/16-in drill bit
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood glue
  • 180-grit sanding sponge
  • Paintbrush


  • 5/8-in x 36-in square dowel, #27695
  • 2 - 1/2-in x 36-in square dowels, #27692
  • 5mm x 24mm nickel-plated shelf pins, #36755
  • Rust-Oleum gray aerosol primer
  • Valspar Signature, Can’t Miss Lime (#6011-10)

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Project Resources



Step 1

Cut 5/8-inch square dowels for the legs (A) and back legs (B) (Project Diagram). You can use oak or poplar stained your favorite color. We used poplar, which we’ll paint later. Cut 1/2-inch square dowels to length for the rails (C). Sand the wood parts with a 180-grit sanding sponge.

Step 2

Assemble the frame with spacers and clamps.

Cut four pieces of 1/2-inch dowel 1-1/2 inches long to use as spacers. Assemble the frame using clamps to hold the parts together while the glue dries (Photo 1). Assemble the leg frame using the same process. The 1/2-inch dowels sit flush with the back of the 5/8-inch dowels. This recess on the front side keeps the tablet from shifting on the stand.

Step 3

Drill two 3/16-inch holes 1/4-inch deep for the shelf pins. The 5mm pins are slightly larger than the 3/16-inch holes for a snug fit with no adhesive.

Step 4

Hold the assemblies together with tape while the glue dries.

Tape the back frame to the front while the glue dries (Photo 2).

Step 5

Apply a primer and paint following the manufacturer’s instructions. When the final coat dries, gently tap the pins into the holder.