Aluminum sheet, about 22 gauge about the same
size as the footprint of your tablet computer or
e-reader. For an iPad, you can use the heat sink cover
from a Power Mac G5.
Wing nut, ¼", nylon
Non-roll elastic, ;" wide, black, 1 yard
Craft foam sheets, 9"× 12", 6mm, black ( 2)
Craft foam sheet, 9"× 12", 2mm, black
Velcro, 1" wide, double-sided, black, 2 yards
Monopod ball-head, with quick release plate
Drill, with ¼" and 5" bits and countersink
Scissors for cutting foam sheets
Tinsnips for cutting aluminum and wing nut
Needle and nylon thread, black
Hot glue gun or flexible epoxy
Cyanoacrylate glue aka super glue or crazy glue
4. Cut the foam to fit the plate: two 6mm
pieces and one 2mm piece. Hot-glue the 6mm
pieces together and set the 2mm piece aside.
5. Cut straps from the yard of elastic: 1 piece
11" long for the flap strap and 4 pieces 5¾"
long for corner straps. Super-glue the cut
edges to keep them from unraveling.
6. Sew the straps to the backing plate with
black nylon thread, stitching through the
holes you drilled. Make about 25 stitches for
each end. Start with the flap strap and then
sew the corner straps over it (Figure A).
7. Put the glued-together foam on the plate.
Make sure your e-reader fits under the corner straps with the foam in place. It should
fit securely, but not be difficult to secure. If
needed, re-cut the straps and re-sew them.
8. Remove the e-reader and stick a pencil
through the ¼" hole from the back to mark
the foam. Remove the foam and use the
X-Acto knife to cut out a 1"-diameter circle
around your mark.
Hot-glue the foam to the plate, centering it
over the ¼" hole and aligning the edges flush.
9. Attach the quick release plate to the backing plate, fastening the wing nut through the
hole you cut in the foam (Figure B).
10. Check the placement of the quick release
plate in relation to the monopod’s ball head. It
should click in and out easily, in approximately the orientation you’ll primarily be using it.
(You’ll make fine adjustments later, using the
11. When the quick release is in the right
position and the wing nut is tight, use snips
to cut off the wings.
12. Glue the 2mm piece of foam over the
other 2 pieces, covering the hole with the
13. Cut the double-sided velcro in half,
making 2 straps. Secure the e-reader in the
holder (Figure C), attach the quick release
to the monopod, and then use the double-
sided velcro to attach the Stickstand to
a table or chair. ;
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