Make Your Own Wooden Laptop Stand

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Considering we’re all just apes who’ve convinced ourselves to get about on two legs, it makes sense we’re happiest with bits of trees around us. Biophilic design uses materials like wood to bring natural elements into built environments – especially offices, where we can probably use a little extra health and wellbeing. For a small dose of workplace wood, we’ve turned to Tuckbox furniture designer Dan de Groot, who knocked together this exclusive DIY for a wooden laptop stand. If you feel like a spot of weekend carpentry (and a lot of weekday wood appreciation), here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own.


  • 2 x FSC- or Responsible Wood-approved 18mm ply boards, cut to 450mm x 300mm – we used ArmourPanel Spotted Gum from Big River Group (Australian owned and manufactured)
  • 3 x lengths FSC- or Responsible Wood-approved 25mm hardwood dowel, cut to 540mm each, plus 3 shorter off-cuts around 80mm each, sanded all over
  • Pencil
  • Metal ruler
  • Compass
  • Right angle
  • Clamps
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • 4 x 30mm screws
  • 25mm Forstner-style drill bit
  • Masking tape
  • Power drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Piece 80-grit sandpaper
  • Piece 120-grit sandpaper
  • Piece 180-grit sandpaper
  • PVA glue
  • Small brush for glue
  • Mallet or hammer with small wood block
  • Danish wood oil
  • Brush for wood oil
  • Clean rags
  • Medium-grade industrial steel wool (optional)
  • Water-based wood filler (optional)

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