Making a Laptop Stand using Dovetails - Woodworking How to Make
Watch me make this cool and unique laptop stand using Pure Bond Plywood and joinery using Dovetails. Hello! My name is Adam Noe. Thanks for watching! Making a Laptop Stand using Dovetails. Done in iPhone 4K 60FPS!! Click the bell on my channel to get updates when I post future videos!
The making of the laptop stand started out with cutting down the plywood pieces to the proper dimensions that I was looking for. I measured my laptop dimensions and then built the stand based on that. I also measured how much space I wanted to be able to fit a keyboard below the laptop as well as a little more space for anything else like a mouse etc. In addition I planned for the amount of width and height that would be eliminated once I joined the pieces together using the dovetails. I used the birch pure bond plywood left over from the french cleat wall project which made for some really nice character. After I had all 4 pieces cut to proper dimensions, I started marking the dovetails using a dovetail marker. You do not need a dovetail marker, you can use any kind of bevel gauage or something like a T-Bevel tool or an angled rule or precision Triangle. After I was happy with the dovetails I started to make chisel lines with the chisel so that when I began removing material that it would not tear out beyond the dovetail line, this is a vital step in creating clean dovetails. The actual dovetail marking and cutting process is somewhat tedious and I think that in hindsight I would probably create fewer dovetails if I could go back and do it again. I cut out a total of ~16 dovetails for each of the 4 corners (64 total!). After cutting I needed to refine them some to get the fit I wanted and then it was a matter of joining the pieces together. I started joining and then left gaps to add in the glue then used my mallet to tighten them all the way. Once together I clamped and then let is sit for an hour or so then removed the clamps and let the stand dry overnight. The next day I added epoxy to the gaps that were left in the dovetails, after all, this was my first attempt at dovetails and with plywood at that. After several more days of epoxy pouring and drying it was time to sand. I started with 80 grit then went to 120. With the 120 I sanded down until some of the layers were sanded off to give it more character then I proceeded to sand with 220 grit. Once I was satisfied with the smoothness, I used Minwax Clear Brush on Lacquer for the finish as this gives the piece a shell like feel, exactly what I was going for, think plywood school desk. Fits nicely on a desk. I did 4-5 coats of lacquer. Hope you enjoy the video and message me with any questions.
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