You guys are really going to have to hang with me on this tutorial. I took about a ZILLION photos and I had a REALLY hard time deciding which ones to put in here ha! The result is this post has a l.o.t. of photographs. But maybe more is better?
Recently we began using our iPad in the kitchen for recipes and whatnot. The stand we had was ridiculously functional but so NOT cool looking. Since January is a fairly slow month for the Husbeast and I work-wise I had made myself a little pinky promise to try to keep all my projects in January zero dollar. Just use what I had on hand. Look around the house for bits and bobs to turn into something else. So when I saw a stack of wood in the garage it hit me – I decided right then to do a custom iPad/tablet holder for our kitchen! Our style is kind of a modern/tropical farmhouse so we needed something along that vein. Enter the fat cow tablet holder 😉
If you’d like to make your own custom tablet holder you’ll need the following:
- scrap wood
- sander or sand paper
- paint (dark and light if you want the aged look we did)
- wood glue
- band saw
This was what started it all you guys :
Since our house has a farmhouse feel I thought a cow would be darling as a tablet stand. Literally I just googled “fat cow outline” and found a shape I liked. I kept in mind that the iPad mini I have is rectangular so I wanted the cow “body” to be able to support that. Once I found the cow it was just a matter of free handing a pretty good shape.
Then the Hubs came in to make sure the iPad would fit with and without the cover. God forbid we take off that cover…..
Although given my history with technologies I really can’t blame him. I’ve destroyed no less than five iPhones by various (ridiculous) methods. I’ve actually lost THREE iPhones to toilets, and I was only drinking for one of those.
So once you grab your scrap wood and sketch out a vague outline you’ll need to grab up a band saw, or a hand saw with a very small blade like the one shown below. I’m certain there’s a technical term for this thingamajig but as the Hubs is busy installing a wall safe right now and I don’t know what to google for, “hand saw” is the explanation y’all are gettin’….
We used the bandsaw to begin cutting the outline of the cow. The easiest way was to follow the outline a bit and then make a cut straight across the wood to essentially just take out a chunk (see below).
(See in the pic above how Jason is cutting across the wood? He’s literally just cutting to meet up with the outline and get rid of a wood chunk. We followed that method along the edge, bit by bit.
He’s taken ladies sorry!!!!! 😉
When we got to the cutouts on the inside of the cow things got tricky. So you can see in the pic above there’s a little cutout between the tail and back leg. What we did here is used a drill to drill a hole, and then insert the saw in that hole and cut bit by bit. I didn’t lead you guys to believe this was another five minute project hopefully right? NOT five minutes by far. I’d say the cutting portion alone took us about twenty continuous minutes.
And one crap beer. (Don’t drink and drive power tools though as a general rule…..)
Yay we had a cow! Teehee.
Once we had our outline we used two more small scrap pieces of wood to create a shelf for the ipad to fit into. We simply cut the shelf long and deep enough for the iPad mini to fit perfectly. We glued the two shelf pieces and let them sit overnight. Let me just tell you I am the WORST with waiting. We had to wait overnight twice for this project and it about killed me. But I love my cow so much that I’m still happy
Jason added a triangular piece to the back of the cow to be a “kickstand” and then I did the overnight wait. Which I hate, did I say that? Then we gave the stand a coat of dark paint we had on hand. Once that dried I did two coats of a lighter paint and we had a painted cow stand! I wanted a little of a faded feel so I used my sandpaper to lightly sand the cow’s edges. This allowed our darker color to shine through a bit, you can see it below most pronouncedly on the shelf.
That’s it you guys! Overall I’d say it took us maybe an hour to an hour and a half to complete the project. But it came out so durn darling that I’d do it all again. In fact I think we’re going to make the work wifey a pig next to hold up her cookbooks. We’ll simply make the shelf deeper and the pig taller and it’ll be so cute!
What outline would you guys do? We’re dying to try a few more!