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.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.