In Tricks of the Trade

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A computer in the shop is becoming increasingly common. I use my tablet in the shop all the time; it’s where I keep project plans, cutting lists, etc. I also use it to video chat with other woodworkers when I want to show them a project or if I have a question. So I needed a place to keep it where it was close at-hand yet out of the way. When I saw this old camera tripod, my wheels started turning.

I made a platform from a leftover piece of laminate flooring. A short strip of quarter-round acts as a ledge to keep the tablet from sliding off. Lastly, I fastened a raised tab to the back side of the platform that fits my tripod’s locking mechanism. Now I can have my tablet anywhere I need it, and it’s not taking up any valuable bench space. -Gary Wilson




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