DIY: Nexus 7 Stand of the Garage Variety

While waiting for the Nexus 7 dock to become available for order, I was also trying to make my brain become useful over the holiday season and persuade it to think of a DIY stand idea. I discovered it is quite difficult to convince the brain to do anything during the holiday season.  But I continued nevertheless, and started looking at some materials I have in our garage, because really, what are the chances I might be able to find something that might be remotely useful for a tablet? In the garage? Practically zero. Until it is not. And so here is my own Nexus 7 stand (calling it a docking station is a stretch, of course).

Bookend

The bookend bent at an angle

The bookend needs to be at an angle. At 90°, the device will, of course, fall forward. The back of the tablet is made of rubber material so scratches are avoided when in contact with the metal vertical end. The bottom of the bookend is a different story though, since it touches with the edge of the tablet. This is where my excess weather strip comes into the picture (quite literally in this regard).

Weather strip

Weather strip

The weather strip has its sticky side stuck to the bookend, which probably needs no explanation.

Weather strip on bookend

With both materials I found in my garage, it is quite simply, of garage variety. So with a 5 min hack job over, it is time to “dock” the tablet.

Nexus 7 landscape on bookend

Note the additonal weather strip foam on top of the bottom forward strip.

Nexus 7 portrait on bookend

There is no more excuse in not continuing to watch Breaking Bad’s first season!

Nexus 7 portrait on bookend

Note the additonal weather strip foam on top of the bottom forward strip.

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