I challenge you to find a better looking iPad stand at the cash register. You’ve probably seen a few small businesses using an iPad and a Square Card Reader to push consumer purchasing power into the future. I see it more every day. Many stand awkwardly holding the iPad as they ask me to jab my signature into the screen and (more violently) tap my email in for a receipt. This is the first stand I’ve seen developed for the pad-holding purpose that prevents the awkward holding and screams style to your patrons. It’s wood and, if you’re handy with a jigsaw, you can make it yourself.

DIY Wood iPad stand

When buying my coffee recently, I noticed the screen/stand at the cash register wasn’t the typical one you see. Jchon Paradise had made it himself. He knew he was using the iPad as the Point-of-Sale device, but an iPad flopping around on the countertop is just lame and unprofessional. Instead, being an accomplished woodworker, he set out to make his own oak stand worthy of a fine coffee purchasing experience.

He came across a wooden iPad stand on tinkeringMonkey.com. Perfect… except for the price tag. Instead, he snagged some oak plywood, measured twice and cut out the various pieces using a table saw, a jigsaw and concentrated batches of joyous laughter. He completed the look by banding the edges with oak veneer, then applying generous layers of stain and shellack. As you can see, it came out beautifully.

Tinker Monkey Stand for Square

This is the stand Jchon used as inspiration to make his own stand. You can buy it for $200 from the Tinker Monkey store. If, however, you prefer to make it yourself like Jchon did, you’ll want to see the video of the assembly down below. There are plenty of iPad and Square Card Reader models on GrabCAD for dimensional purposes. Pretty slick stand huh?

Square Register Stand from Tinkering Monkey on Vimeo.

Filed under: DESIGN FAB

  • mcheung5

    Nice job! Your results are much better than other DIY copies of our stand that I’ve seen. I’m just curious, do you know how long it took to build from start to finish?

  • modelguy

    I think the Tinkering Monkey stand is quite a bit more elegant, and since this is a stand that goes on top of a counter in a business, that does count for something. One thing that bothers me is that this guy took someone’s idea and flat out copied it, he didn’t take the idea and make it his own by improving it or changing it at all. He basically said, “Hey this is a really cool idea, let’s rip it off.” Then you publicize it and tell everyone else to do the same.
    This doesn’t say much for the integrity of SolidSmack.

  • http://twitter.com/theCadjunkie cadjunkie.com

    I don’t think Josh is endorsing the reverse-engineering of other people’s intellectual property–least of all for mass production/sale–but rather the ingenuity of an individual problem solver who managed to borrow (or steal, as you prefer) the overall form of a design and modify it to suit a material that was ready-at-hand (wood). Producing this product in its industrially-produced materials is quite a different thing from a wooden version, and the latter certainly could not compete with the former on the open market.

    We think there’s a big difference between making something for yourself and pirating the designs of others in order to undercut them on the market. If Joe Schmoe wants to build his own working counterfeit iPhone out of American hard wood, you’d better believe we’ll publish it!

    Adam

  • Jen

    This is beautiful! I went to school for product design but am not good at solid works. I hope you make this for the shopkeep version of the square. It is round and will not work. If you make one for shopkeep users I will buy you in a heart beat! Would you be able to make a custom one with a longer extention as well? We might have to mount it to the counter.

    Thank you!

  • Jen

    I hope this comes out for shopkeep. Do you do custom orders? Thanks Jen