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cradom
03-07-2015, 09:13 PM
So I was at Lowes buying some root killer for the sewer and I saw this.
A dim light went off over my head.
http://i.imgur.com/bAqUbkg.jpg
This is a stemware rack. You hang it from the ceiling for Champagne glasses and such.
It looked just the right size for something else.
So I bought it and a piece of poplar and went home. Started sanding and staining and poly and whatnot...
http://i.imgur.com/zCpe7ka.jpg
Mounted the rack onto the board...
Anyone figured out where this is going yet?
http://i.imgur.com/18ez953.jpg
Turned out fairly good if I do say so. Glued some leather to the bottom and a couple of rubber cushions on top and
Ta Daa!!!
http://i.imgur.com/94dDRld.jpg

chscag
03-07-2015, 09:19 PM
Very ingenious Craig. I thought for sure you were going to show off your Stemware collection. :P Nice job, looks really good. One question - How snug is the fit and any danger of marring the case of the MacBook Pro?

cradom
03-07-2015, 09:23 PM
Thanks.
It's resting on rubber and the rods are round and plated so I don't think they'll hurt anything as long as I'm careful.
The fit was just a smidge loose so I squeezed the rods together a little.

TattooedMac
03-07-2015, 09:23 PM
Hey Craig that looks awesome. Who needs wine glasses anyway lol I love seeing how some people think outside the box, and look like the MB has now got a nice home, and well out of you way.
Seems to be one problem though . . . .

:P
http://i.imgur.com/iJs22dZ.jpg

cradom
03-07-2015, 09:26 PM
Hey! I prefer Android. So sue me :P
Oh and chscag, it's not a pro. That was the last year they made the plastic unibody Macbook.

TattooedMac
03-07-2015, 09:30 PM
Couldn't afford it ;)

chscag
03-07-2015, 09:34 PM
That was the last year they made the plastic unibody Macbook.

I just noticed. Actually the plastic case will hold up better against being scratched or marred. Aluminum scratches and dents a lot easier. And nothing wrong with using an Android even if they are inferior. O:) ;P

pigoo3
03-07-2015, 11:30 PM
The fit was just a smidge loose so I squeezed the rods together a little.

Very nice Craig. I always love DIY solutions to things. And this one is so very simple/straightforward (not many parts)…that it looks very professional…and not at all "DIY"!:)

I was also going to ask you how snug/loose the fit was…but you answered it. I have a 17" MacBook Pro that I may try the same/similar idea with. In my situation…the problem is my 17" MBP is in a Speck hardshell case…so the additional thickness of the hard case makes it too thick for off-the-shelf clamshell laptop holders. So a DIY solution is what I need.

Thanks for the inspiration!:)

- Nick

cradom
03-07-2015, 11:52 PM
Secondary benefit: When I was using it laying down on the desk and playing Minecraft or Second Life, the fans would ramp up and get kind of loud.
I've already replaced one, $40 worth of fan. Using it like this, so far playing Minecraft I haven't heard the fans once.
Haven't tried Second Life yet. Heck it would ramp up on Netflix. Not any more :)

pigoo3
03-08-2015, 12:05 AM
Less fan noise/lower temps is always a nice bonus.:) Why haven't you tried this sooner!;)

- Nick

toMACsh
03-08-2015, 08:54 AM
Very clever! Looks like there would be room for the phone to go on the board next to the Mac - unless there's a danger of CyberWar breaking out... ;)

cradom
03-08-2015, 10:11 AM
Nah, they get along fine. Phone even shows up in Finder. Stopped using Airdroid when I got this one.
Samsung Galaxy 3

vansmith
03-08-2015, 01:08 PM
Stands are a great way to save space if you organize them properly. I've got one which I used to push my MBP off to the side of my desk (it's now under my desk on my filing cabinet).

All I could think the whole time when looking at that picture was "there's way too much going on there!" When you see what my desk looks like, you'll understand why (http://1drv.ms/1aVeQ4I). And before people start circling things (*cough* TattooedMac *cough*), yes, that's an old Android phone (I need to start testing my apps on actual Android devices).

Slydude
03-08-2015, 04:09 PM
There's something seriously wrong with that picture. It's way too neat.

vansmith
03-08-2015, 04:17 PM
Oddly enough, I'm very bothered by the messy cord situation underneath my desk. It's driving me crazy...

Slydude
03-08-2015, 04:31 PM
If that bothers you I won't show you my desk or the wire situation underneath. It would make you positively catatonic.

pigoo3
03-08-2015, 04:41 PM
Oddly enough, I'm very bothered by the messy cord situation underneath my desk. It's driving me crazy...

Velcro.:)

- Nick

vansmith
03-08-2015, 05:26 PM
Oh yeah, Velcro's a good way to go. Good idea Nick.

The real bother for me is the existence of the power bar itself. My feet inevitably hit it but it's sort of stuck where it is as I've got cords stretched in either direction. Perhaps I need to make use of Craig's recent interest in building solutions. Craig, feel like building me something to hide the mess? ;)

pigoo3
03-08-2015, 05:46 PM
Oh yeah, Velcro's a good way to go.

Computer electronics places sell cord organizers/tamers made of velcro. Just wrap around...and good to go.:)


The real bother for me is the existence of the power bar itself.

Here's a solution::)

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcS5QhGT7oSahOh1pNTIQAVEo_-kIwVar9OJ-GWny9Tigkdw_pTxlWdZJgi5jAeaUA072O4he00z&usqp=CAE

- Nick

vansmith
03-08-2015, 06:19 PM
Computer electronics places sell cord organizers/tamers made of velcro. Just wrap around...and good to go.:)In the meantime, I used some old brackets that I had and screwed them into the wall underneath my desk (http://1drv.ms/1ATHNmh). It's not elegant but it gets the job done.

TattooedMac
03-08-2015, 07:54 PM
And before people start circling things (*cough* TattooedMac *cough*), yes, that's an old Android phone (I need to start testing my apps on actual Android devices).

All good, it seems to be taken with a iPhone 6 ;)


Oddly enough, I'm very bothered by the messy cord situation underneath my desk. It's driving me crazy...

Im like that, and I'm in the process of building a new Desk top, stained, with posters and stickers glued down then will be covered with a coat of clear lacquer. Im going to build a cord channel at the back so you can't see them at all.


Velcro.:)

- Nick


In the meantime, I used some old brackets that I had and screwed them into the wall underneath my desk (http://1drv.ms/1ATHNmh). It's not elegant but it gets the job done.

This is what I use, in my car and at home where I have a lot of cords. Couple of $ a metre, can't go wrong

http://i.imgur.com/FjhHlaf.jpg

cradom
03-08-2015, 08:25 PM
I use brackets too (hooks actually) but screwed into the back of the desk. My power block is screwed to the back too.
That way if I ever want to move the desk...
Still have junk on the floor. Power warts for the printer and external drive. You know, not the kind that plug in, but are inline with the cord.

vansmith
03-09-2015, 10:42 AM
Im like that, and I'm in the process of building a new Desk top, stained, with posters and stickers glued down then will be covered with a coat of clear lacquer. Im going to build a cord channel at the back so you can't see them at all.You want to come clean up my cord mess? That would be great.






This is what I use, in my car and at home where I have a lot of cords. Couple of $ a metre, can't go wrong

http://i.imgur.com/FjhHlaf.jpgThat's pretty cheap especially since, being my desk and close to an outlet, I'd only need 0.5 metre or so.

lclev
03-09-2015, 12:32 PM
Love the stand. If you get the cords neat and tidy you know the cord demons will just come in the night and mess them up again. 😉

At least that is my theory...and I am sticking to it! 😊

vansmith
03-09-2015, 12:43 PM
Love the stand. If you get the cords neat and tidy you know the cord demons will just come in the night and mess them up again. 😉Cords do seem to have an amazing ability to get messy again. That and falling down cracks regardless of what you do to hold them up.

Apple3.14
03-12-2015, 02:33 AM
Nice! You could sell them on etsy and/or eBay. :)

CarpathiaMan
03-15-2015, 11:13 PM
Very clever (regarding the OP's project). :)