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Old 01-21-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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DIY Bed Bookchair

Hello again,

I hope you like this simple bed bookchair I designed. This is the 1st complete prototype and probably the last one, because I have been using it for three days and I think it turned out better than I expected.


Prototypes II and III


The gadget is really stable and can be used placed on the lap to read sitting or on top of the stomach when laying.

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=v2CIOtQjR4o

Forgot to mention it on the video, the top flap is to attach the book light.

I updated the construction plans with two new prototypes. Hope you like them.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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Really well done. Can you explain how you constructed the device, specifically the rotation aspect.
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Just a screw, a wing nut and a couple of washers.

The trick, if any, is that the actual rotating square is made of two layers of plywood. The one on top has a 15 mm hole and the 2nd has a 4 mm hole for the screw. The screw head+the washer have to protrude less than 3 mm (or the thickness of the top plank).

You don't need to tighten the wing nut at all since the hole is more or less in the mass center of the reader and velvet makes enough friction to keep the arrangement static. But you don't need the velvet. Naked plywood makes good friction too.
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Just a screw, a wing nut and a couple of washers.

The trick, if any, is that the actual rotating square is made of two layers of plywood. The one on top has a 15 mm hole and the 2nd has a 4 mm hole for the screw. The screw head+the washer have to protrude less than 3 mm (or the thickness of the top plank).

You don't need to tighten the wing nut at all since the hole is more or less in the mass center of the reader and velvet makes enough friction to keep the arrangement static. But you don't need the velvet. Naked plywood makes good friction too.
So are you planning to sell them? Or are you going to offer more complete instructions and a list of materials used? I'm very interested in it.

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Old 01-21-2008, 06:06 PM   #5
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Hahaha! I am flattered.

My idea is to publish the plans and detailed instructions so anyone can build his/her own for free. I might, if there is an interest, consider selling the finished product, but I think that, although time consuming, the process is rather simple and everyone should try to adapt and build his own design having mine for reference.

The construction manual is almost finished. I only wanted to us the base a few days to find what I liked and disliked and then correct it, but happily it performs far better than I expected.

Is there a way to upload a PDF right away?
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neat idea, reminds me of a picture frame
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:35 PM   #7
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Is there a way to upload a PDF right away?
Click "Go Advanced" instead of "Quick Reply" (you can also use "Quote" button on a post). Then use "Manage Attachments" button to attach your PDF.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:36 PM   #8
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Brilliant bit of work there! Generous to share it, too. I look forward to going to the hardware store...
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Here you go.

Hope you like it.
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BTW, Igorsk, Kovid, thanks a lot.
And thank you for the plans. I'll be building two shortly.

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Old 01-23-2008, 12:47 AM   #12
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You should post a copy here also. Good site. Good gadget!
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Wonderful, downloaded it today and I am going to try it next weekend.
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Hello again,

I hope you like this simple bed bookchair I designed. This is the 1st complete prototype and probably the last one, because I have been using it for three days and I think it turned out better than I expected.

The gadget is really stable and can be used placed on the lap to read sitting or on top of the stomach when lying.

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=v2CIOtQjR4o

Forgot to mention it on the video, the top flap is to attach the book light.
Wow, dude you are a genius! I think you could make a mint on this. You could easily sell them to all of us.
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