Cutting Board Into iPad holder

Give props to your favorite online recipes with an iPad holder for the kitchen counter.
  • Click through our slideshow for instructions on how to turn a cutting board into an iPad holder. 

    Photo by Lori Eanes

  • What You'll Need

    • Scrabble tile rack
    • Cutting board (it should be at least slightly bigger than your iPad)
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Wood glue
    • Plate stand

    Wendy Becktold

  • Step 1: Place the Scrabble tile rack and iPad on the cutting board to get a sense of where you want to position the rack. Make some light marks with a pencil. 

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  • Step 2: Use the ruler to draw a straight line across the bottom of the cutting board. 

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  • Step 3: Measure and mark the same distance in on both sides of the cutting board to help you center the Scrabble rack. 

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  • Step 4: Apply the wood glue to the back of the Scrabble rack and press it to the cutting board for a minute or two. Use a rag to wipe away the excess glue and let it dry flat overnight. 

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  • Step 5: Place the cutting board on the plate stand and your iPad on the cutting board. Start cooking. 

    Wendy Becktold

Growing up, I was a mall rat, but now the idea of a climate-controlled labyrinth filled with shiny new consumer goods is depressing. I prefer the overflowing racks and shelves of the local thrift store, with its back-of-the-closet scent and eclectic selection. Apparently, I'm not alone. In 2008, 14 percent of consumers regularly shopped at thrift stores; now 20 percent do. 

Jenna Isaacson, a lifelong thrifter and a photojournalist who has been visiting secondhand stores around the country and taking pictures for the past three years, says a lot of people tell her they shop at these stores to reduce their footprint. She has also noticed how thrift stores capture the character of the community--"what sports teams people like, who they vote for, their religions," says Isaacson, who blogs at All Thrifty States. "A thrift store in Kansas had a whole rack of overalls. You don't find that on the East Coast." Maybe that's why malls feel soulless by comparison.

For this project, I picked up a cutting board and a plate stand at a thrift store. I glued a Scrabble tile rack to the cutting board and propped the board on the plate stand. Now when I'm cooking from online recipes, I have a sturdy countertop perch for my iPad that is out of the way of spills. I could have bought something similar at Pottery Barn, but this was much cheaper and simply has more soul.

Difficulty Level: 1

Construction Time: 20 minutes. Nothing to cut, measure, or drill.

Based on a project by Jane Edwards at bit.ly/ipad_stand.

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