Making an iPad Display Stand from 150 Year Old Barn Wood

Making an iPad Display Stand from 150 Year Old Barn Wood

welcome to make something with me David Picciuto and today we’re gonna make this tablet stand out of reclaimed barnwood And it has a business card holder because I’m going to use this for my upcoming craft show and have my videos playing on loop. Stick around and see how it’s done. Somewhere in this huge, messy pile here is enough wood to make a stand. A lot of this is just useless crap: it’s plywood cut-off and small pieces. But I think we can find something, enough wood here to cobble something together and make a stand for the iPad. So let’s dig through here. Some old barn wood. I really like this, but I’m, um, I’m not sure… we’ll set that aside. So I have these pieces of old barn wood, at first I didn’t think I wanted to use it. But now I do. I think… this, uh, this could be the base here. We could have a little *click* *click* thing coming up to hold the iPad. This is white oak, and I don’t have any other white oak, but I do have some red oak that I think would be OK to have uh, use it as a brace here. So, I think we’re gonna work with this. and I think I’m just going to go through this pile here to see if there’s any pieces of white oak or good pieces of red oak that we could possibly use, so… We’re on our way! *grunt* Oh, shit, man: we got plenty! I don’t have a design for this yet, I’m just kinda gathering up what I have, and I don’t want to use too much of the barn wood so I might use just this little piece as the base and then have something where this, this kinda comes up right here Uh…I have some red oak that’s 1/2″ that you can use for the back. I don’t have a design, so we’re just going to browse Pinterest, and see if I can come up with something on the fly. I don’t want to do anything like this: I want a base ’cause this might hold my business cards as well. See, hmm…, see I’m thinking something like this. I mean that’s too much, it’s not going to be a floor stand. I think it’s going to stand up on a desk. But, I kind of like the idea of like a pedestal Looking through Pinterest, I see that a couple of them have a little swivel top. So, I think I’m going to take this microphone holder, chop it off, and whatever stand that we can build, we can, we can then adjust the angle here. Maybe mortise that out, and have this come up here Some kind of, uh, platform for the iPad to stand on. Maybe a little thing for some business cards down here. So let’s just start cutting things up and see where we go. Let’s work without any plans today. Let’s get crazy and have some fun. Can we just have some fun today?!? What if this doesn’t work?? Oh my God! What if this doesn’t work?? All the thumbs down… Imagine all the thumbs down we’ll get if this doesn’t work… Our first problem here is that this barn wood is… I don’t know what that thing is called. So, from the base, there’s going to be this, this thing that comes up, and I want a nice, thick, wood… The neck, let’s call it the neck Eric: Shaft!! The shaft… So, I’m going to cut up two pieces and glue it together so we have a nice, big…shaft… to work…with… Let’s….do, that… Coo’ Alright, so going to glue these little side pieces in here first. And then we’ll glue this guy in, we’ll cut it to length, and then glue it in there. I’m just going to use some super glue and some wood glue. CA glue for quickness, wood glue for strength. So, we’ve got this guy drying. The iPad is going to slip in here from the top. This will be the front. So I need to remove this material here. I drew my lines where the bezel is, and I don’t have a scroll saw to remove this, so what I’m going to do is I’m just going to cut this in half remove this material, glue it back together, and then glue it on here. “Run what you brung, use what you have.” I want to have a slightly rounded corner: I’m just gonna drill… holes in the corner here. That was violent… and, uh, then on the band saw, we’ll cut through here and, uh, it’ll look pretty. It is too tall, so I need to come down a little bit. I’m just going to do that over here on the table saw. That’ll do it. Alright, so our shaft is dry so what we’re going to do is we’re going to clean this up, square it up, then we’re going to just mortise a little hole in there. Ugh, are you kidding me?? Are you kidding me? Look at that! LOOKATTHAT!! YEAH! I’m selling my power tools. So now we are ready to glue the front onto the back. But before I do so, I want to align the front here with some… Microphone clip “Yo, microphone check, one, two, what is this?” that I would just want to drill down deep enough to get this in there and glue it in place. and, then, uh, *click* we’ll have a uh, uh, *click* Ah, perfect: we’ve got a nice snug fit. Before we glue that in, though, I’m gonna chop off this top part off here Alright so, now we’ll clean up these edges. I’ll sand this down sand that down, and then we’ll take this over to the table saw and we’ll cut a nice clean edge right there. So, the next thing we need to do is figure out how to attach it to this guy. That is glued on there with epoxy. That’s a pretty strong bond, but this is going to be holding an expensive tablet, so I’m going to reinforce this with a bolt. I’m just going to drill through here. I don’t have an actual counter-sink bit anymore, I don’t know what happened to the one I have but… So, we’re going to brand the bottom of this with my sticker. So now we’re going to glue this piece right on here I just have this scrap piece here to give it something to rest against. Let that dry. Alright, so the plan is to glue these little pieces on here then we can put our business cards on here just like that. So what do you think? Fresh. Dougie Fresh. “Excuse me, but are you fresh?”
“Yes!” Alright, now is the time in the video when we talk about me. Who do I like to talk about most? Me. Anyway…ha ha ha… anyways If you want to support Make Something, you can do so by visiting Patreon members get all kinds of perks. We do giveaways all the time, what else do we got? We got one-on-one Skype calls We’ve got some plans, plans just for our Patreon members. So, you can visit to find out more. I would like to thank my top Patreon supporters. We’ve got: Derrick Jacobson, Jonathan J. Katz Moses, David Flores, and Nathan Bird. If you would like to find out how you can get your name mentioned on the show with links to your websites visit Many of you are asking about my new book, the cutting board book. It is at the printer right now. I should have copies by the end of the month, and they should be for sale, on my website, signed copies, by December 1st. That is NOT a guarantee. I guarantee NOTHING. I will let everyone know when it’s coming out, plus we’ve got new T-shirts coming out very, very soon. Let’s get back to the project and finish this up. Time to put this guy together. Aww! [falsetto] perfect! Change the angle. Do it up! Here’s a fun little trick: my business cards? Actually stickers. And then my information is on the back. So, yeah, that’s how you do it. That’s a two-for-one right there. I am very happy with the way it came out. I have my craft show coming-up this Saturday I’m going to make a loop of my videos and just have them playing in the background. I have my business cards here which are actually stickers. Aaand, um, this middle part here is just for branding. This is out of reclaimed barn wood. All of this here is from like 150 year old barn wood that I got recently, so it’s really cool, I’m just going to leave that all nice and uh, nice and raw. I like it raw. As I’m getting set-up for the craft show, I plan on shooting a video on setting-up and some tips and tricks of how I set-up, what I like to display. I think we’re going to go over pricing, and that’s going to be on Make Something 2. And then after the craft-show, I’m going to do a follow-up and say “Hey, this is how I did.” Hopefully, it is a positive video, and I did well. But we’re going to talk about some prices, things I could have done better, things I liked about it. And we’re just going to, uh, shoot. We might even introduce some other people at the craft show and get their take on it. So, my wife is doing it. She makes baskets, and she’ll be selling baskets there. So I think we can talk her into getting into some videos. So, very happy with it. Uh… Yep. So, a lot of you are gonna ask “How do you get it out of there?” You kinda have to… You have to work at it to get it out of there. I don’t want it to be really easy to get out so somebody doesn’t walk off with it. I’m thinking about maybe putting a latch on here and then bolting it down to the table. I don’t know… If I’m going to be there the whole time, I’ll be there to watch it so… I, uh.. you know what? I don’t think I’m going to do any of that box stuff. So, come to Maker’s Mark this Saturday and steal my iPad! *laughs* Uh, yeah, it’s cool, ’cause I can tilt it just right, and you know you’re at these places, you never know which way the glare’s going to come from. So, very happy with it. Uh, like I always say, new videos every… [Eric]: Usually Tuesday, generally Thursday Thank you: *chuckle* that is true. Usually Tuesday, generally Thursday. Depends on what’s going on in my life. But I try to do two videos and then I want to do a video every Wednesday on my other channel, but that is not working out right now because life is in the way. Alright, so, once again you can visit to find out how you can support me you can visit for all kinds of plans and stuff. We’ve got T-shirts coming up real soon. We’ve got a new cutting-board book coming out real soon. And you’ll be able to buy the old book, the band saw book, I’ll have signed copies on the website real soon. So. Thank you very much. I’m talking really fast., As always: be safe, have fun, stay passionate and make something.

100 thoughts on “Making an iPad Display Stand from 150 Year Old Barn Wood

  1. I think having the camera guy really adds to your work. He videos stuff that you might not think to add. The interaction doesn't hurt either. Good stuff!

  2. love the mic clip swivel action. One thing Ive done in the past to mount my headphone amp on a mic stand was take the actual clip part off and replace it with 2 little L brackets facing the opposite way then screw it whatever you want to mount!

  3. Dooode love it.

  4. You mean the peeep standing up??? THE WHAT??? Oh man it's just reminding me on my Day today??? Great build man

  5. I really enjoyed watching your process here! Great job!

  6. Hey great video ?
    What about the home button ?

  7. may be add a hole for the charger, play video all day, may be the battery will last 2 hours

  8. Just have fun dammit! Very nice! We can have battle of the shows this Saturday!

  9. wishing you good luck at your craft sale

  10. I float like gravity, never had a cavity.

  11. Dude… How you gonna rock your 58 without that clip? LOL! Rock on man.

  12. "Sand in the place where you live" literally laughed out loud…literally

  13. You really nailed it with this video David. Best one yet!

  14. No dickjokes were harmed during the production of this video.

  15. After you create a video on a given project that you plan on selling, does that hurt the sell-ability of the piece since others who watch the video generally have an idea of how much you spent in the project?

  16. Awesome project ! Lucky you with all of these DeWALT boxes and this is flexvolt ! Hope you'll like them

  17. who doesn't like it raw? iykwim

  18. Can you do a video about the dewalt flexvolt tools? many people will like it

  19. The seat of the pants videos are the best. I also noticed my Dewalt tools you are waiting to ship to me in the background. I will email you the address. Thanks, David.

  20. how do I get one of those stickers?

  21. "I like it raw" and you did not play some ODB – Shimmy Shimmy Ya? WOW! I thought you would have busted that one out.

    Anyway, that is a sweet piece. Great looking.

  22. I see u got some new flexvolt dewalt tools. Nice

  23. cool make! maybe i will make a baby1 for my i phone

  24. "Oh my god, WHAT if this doesn't work?!"
    David you are one very funny and awesome guy 😀 This is one of the reasons I love you, man! 😀
    This is a great build, it'd make a brilliant EPOS stand!

  25. You really come across as being in your element when doing craft show stuff! Love the craft show videos!

  26. Nice work David!

  27. you have great music taste 7:20

  28. I like it. Good job.

  29. You lost some weight man? Keep it up!

  30. Tough couple of days and this made me smile. Thanks David! ?

  31. I have been thinking to take to craft shows that looks like a great idea.

  32. business cards/stickers! great idea!

  33. Nice!! I had fun!

  34. No plans…unsubscribe

  35. David…did you make a "port" to put a charge cable through?

  36. Looks like you are ready for that craft show! 🙂 Good luck!

  37. Must… have… new… BOOK!

  38. At least you didn't say "squeeze the shaft until the glue comes out"

  39. Such a great idea!

  40. thanks for another entertaining video

  41. I love the idea of using the mic swivel, but wouldn't it have been easier to stick a dowel or something on the back of the iPad holder rather than cutting and gluing the swivel?

    Nice project, regardless 🙂

  42. Use what you got! I hear ya! Nice work .

  43. RIP Phife

  44. Can I buy your bandsaw since your a bad a$$!

  45. I like this. I might do something like this for my iPad mini. Good stuff David, just havin fun!

  46. Really sweet project here!

  47. Very nice

  48. Did I just get rick rolled?!?

  49. The rampant glue abuse! The horror! Nice idea.

  50. it's the 5ft assassin with the rough neck business

  51. I literally just choked on my coffee laughing at the unexpected and wonderful "Sand in the place where you live"! Plus, I do my work in my apartment, so in my case it is literally true!

    Also, I want to thank you for giving me something joyful and creative to focus on, because I have been numb and grieving since Tuesday, and I really, really need to return to the land of the living.

  52. did you leave a slot on the side to plug it to a charger/battery bank? Otherwise the video loop won't take long to drain your battery!

  53. I've been subscribed for a long time and that is probably my favorite video so far – great job!

  54. You make woodworking fun, man. Thanks.

  55. that looks Bitchin! great work, is there an opening to charge it?

    p.s. diggin the "quarter rest" 😉

  56. Love the stand, really looks cool. i want to build myself a coffee bar "hidden one" i have a nice coffee maker and nice coffee but people sometimes don't respect my stuff. So i thought a "bedside table" type deal. Again i live in a place where all i can get is pine and tools are scary expensive "not to mention" space is a problem "since i live in a room and not a house" So any ideas on something inexpensive that could do the trick? Also how to i stop it from becoming a termite feast? i do have basic power tools it is just cutting will be manual.

  57. instead of a sticker you should brand the circle in your laser engraver.

  58. you know what, you peep this,
    La di da di, we like to party.
    We don't cause trouble, we don't bother nobody.
    We're… just some men that's on the mic,
    And when we rock upon the mic,
    We rock the mic (Right!).

  59. Awesome idea. good luck today.

  60. Would make an awesome stand for iPad cash register!

  61. for the face piece a router wouldve worked too, instead of cutting/gluing the separate pieces

  62. great project but how can you plug it into power without access to put the power cord?

  63. HOW? . . Is your Ipad?

  64. Great project, and you were extra funny made me lol

  65. To answer a lot of questions…The craft show was 10 hours long. I pulled out the iPad for 30 minutes to recharge it while I took a diner break. Otherwise it played the entire event without needing to be plugged in. It's an iPad Pro and I put it in airplane mode and turned down the brightness to about 35%.

  66. An open invitation to all my favorite maker YouTubers: Please make some videos on hardware. Specifically fasteners (screws, nails, brads – phillips, star, hex), cutting blades (metal/wood), and drill bits (stepper bits, blade-bits, forstner, metal-cutting, etc.). Cover types of materials (carbide, galvanized, titanium, stainless steel, diamond coated, etc.) and appropriate applications for each. Videos similar to Jimmy Diresta's series on tapes and glues. There are so many options in materials, coatings and quality grades — and the applications for each — it would be helpful to have your expertise edify us on what we can/should use for the job at hand. And it would save ME a lot of time and money at the hardware store!

  67. 150 years? That's just barely after the Civil War ended!

  68. I feel as if I know you now …..

  69. Really looking forward to your craft show series, taking part in my first craft show at the start of Dec!

  70. Excellent…!!

  71. This is such a great format you are developing. And just curious, with all this reclaimed wood: are you gunning for Lutes's position on the RA podcast? Because I know people…

  72. This one was funny! I bet someone could cut a hole in the side where the port is for a card swiper thingy too. I might have to try that out. Keep up the good work!

  73. I miss "Drunken Woodworker" I wanted to send you a beer from Poland ! 🙁

  74. It's sucks 🙂

  75. Excellent work as always, David.
    My fiance is an artist (abstract paintings & fabric art, mostly) and I'm looking to build something like this that we can use to collect information from people interested in commissioning her work. Perhaps also as a POS system.

  76. I liked this format. It is so much closer to life in my shop!

  77. 9:19 I see some flexvolt boxes!

  78. Really cool mate!

  79. That turned out amazing. Love this idea.

  80. No double entendre there.

  81. Deserve so much more views and subs

  82. where did you get your business cards

  83. Digging the energy in this one, seems more you. Keep it up!

  84. Hey! Could you possibly send me a cutting list for the iPad stand? I'm doing a similar project but I'm putting a Apple logo on the back

  85. This is such a great format you are developing. And just curious, with all this reclaimed wood: are you gunning for Lutes's position on the RA podcast? Because I know people

  86. Where do you get your sticker business cards?

  87. i'm clueless about the screw/nail holding the tablet up against the mic… did you sand that off? is it in the way of the tablet?

  88. I think this stuff s an amazing idea, and you did a fantastic job on it!

  89. Should've put a spot for a charger to be hooked up

  90. Awesome, as always! ???

  91. Talking about a nice big shaft and then the glue dripping out of the bottle..

  92. This was great! I would gladly purchase plans for this. I am starting a bee farm and will be selling items so I would need a stand for my iPad Pro when I use Square.

  93. Cool thingy thing. 🙂 The corners could be rounded tho. 🙂 Nice job! 🙂

  94. For the upper frame I would have tried to breake it apart so the grain lines up better after gluing the parts together. But nice work.

  95. @3:26 Nothing like blunt force trauma in the workshop!! LOL

  96. 3:05 LMAO!

  97. Thanks for the inspiration. Made one of my own to use for the same thing.

  98. There are also these wooden iPad stands:

  99. David likes it raw… in case any of you were wondering! Awesome video, I think I may have to do this with my iPad pro to make it a square POS essentially.

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