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Picture of Interlocking Plywood Laptop Riser - With Plans
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How do you clear up space on a limited desk? Build a laptop stand, also known as a riser.

This'll keep your laptop at a nice ergonomic height for ideal posture - no need to hunch over as you work. It also gives you space to store your laptop beneath, out of the way when you want to do some old fashioned writing with that antique technique of pen and paper.

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After measuring the dimensions of my laptop base and keyboard, I realised that the top of the stand could be narrower than the bottom. So I designed it in AutoCAD as a splayed stand with angled legs.

These pieces nest into each other to save material.

I cut the pieces on a laser cutter out of 9mm plywood, with half lap slots. Note that the half laps are exactly half of the depth of the pieces, i.e. 12.5mm out of 25mm.

When laser cutting, you have to account for the kerf, or width of the laser beam, as you design. This is to make sure pieces fit tightly.

However I overcompensated, and the pieces needed some heavy hammering with a mallet to fit!

ERALPD4 months ago
wow thats a great idea and looks so stylish.
Thanks for your efford and sharing.
AnandM544 months ago
Wow nice space saving project !!
njwade4 months ago
Thank you for offering and yes I would love to have a copy of the plan for the Plywood Laptop Riser. I can see this being a very useful item to have if you have limited space and so many other things I can think of.
I use a scroll saw and, for me, would make an excellent project or gift.
Thank you once again. njwade2010@gmail.com
ucn (author)  njwade4 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
jcrisman4 months ago
I would love access to your autocad drawings. I might cut one out of wood or acrylic.
ucn (author)  jcrisman4 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
ucn (author)  jcrisman4 months ago
Sure. I'll upload it soon
ArnoB14 ucn4 months ago
It would be great to have acces to the Autocad files.
I want to make a 3D-printed version but i would have to use a dovetail connection on the leg pieces
ucn (author)  ArnoB144 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
cgriffie ucn4 months ago
It's a cool project. I'd love to see the plans too.
ucn (author)  cgriffie4 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
ucn (author)  jcrisman4 months ago
Wow I can imagine this would look really cool in clear acrylic!
amy.fish4 months ago
I would also love the file if you are still sharing. Very cool project!
ucn (author)  amy.fish4 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
4currans4 months ago
Great design! Would love a copy for my laser students.
ucn (author)  4currans4 months ago
Thanks for the interest. I've just uploaded plans in DXF and PDF. Do share images if you build this!
DavidH11264 months ago
If you were making a stool the legs would need to be more upright so that the major load on them was compression.
ucn (author)  DavidH11264 months ago
Totally agree with you. Will work on that version one day!
SylviaW374 months ago
This just has to be one of the most brilliant designs I have seen for a long time. I'm trying to think who I can get to make one for me.
terrefirma4 months ago
I like when makers discuss mistakes and changes they made. From the drawing I thought at first that you put wood across the top- edited.
Looks nice though, but I think you still need some hardware.
ucn (author)  terrefirma4 months ago
Thanks! I'm not sure what you mean about putting wood across the top. If you mean whether a flat top like a table is needed, then no. The open lattice design also helps to keep the laptop cool.

This design is extremely strong and rigid without any hardware. I could scale this up and make a weight-bearing stool no problem.