Go hands-free and mount your tablet on a monopod.
By Tara Wheeler
THE STICKSTAND IS A PLATFORM THAT
mounts an e-reader (in this case an iPad) to
a monopod by means of a quick release. It
can easily attach to table legs, chairs, or just
about anything you can get a loop around,
and can be adjusted to a better height and
angle for reading.
I also use my Stickstand to turn my iPad
into a handheld, mobile, lit sign (mostly to
get autographs from celebrities). It works
equally well as a display in a booth or in any
number of attention-grabbing situations.
The Stickstand is designed to hold an
e-reader secured in a folio-type case for
added security, so it’s got a strap to hold the
case’s cover flap. If you’re not using a folio-type case, make the corner straps tighter
and use care when moving the Stickstand
with the e-reader in place.
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1. Cut a suitable backing plate to size. You can
use either a piece of aluminum cut to fit the
e-reader, or for the iPad, the heat sink cover
plate from a Power Mac G5 with the curved
edges cut off is a perfect fit and looks cool.
Sand the cut edges smooth.
2. Drill holes for the straps using a 5" drill
bit. At each corner, drill 2 pairs of holes
approximately 1" from the corner in either
direction, no more than ½" apart.
At each top corner, drill an additional pair
of holes closer to the corner for the flap strap.
3. Position the quick release. Mark the
backing plate 1½" down from the top edge,
centered, then drill a ¼" hole at your mark.
Countersink all holes to remove sharp edges.