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Bamboo and Walnut Dresser

by: modgrain

I’ve been busy in the shop building this new dresser inspired by IAONNE Design. This piece is a personal project for our master bedroom. The exterior is bamboo plywood. The drawer fronts are walnut plywood. It has softclose Blum Tandem drawer slides and custom made aluminum and bamboo legs. It’s one solid piece weighing in at 150lbs (at least)! I sprayed it with a water-based satin finish. Natural, unstained walnut and bamboo make a beautiful blend.

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Simple Vanagon Drink Console

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I just built this console for my 1984 Vanagon. The whole point was to keep it low and out of the way, for easy access to the back. It’s made from scraps from around the shop. A perfect fit.

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Modern iPad Stand

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This wood iPad stand has a modern design style, featuring Apple plywood and aluminum bracket that can be mounted to a wall or simply sit on your desk. The viewing angle is adjustable, landscape or portrait. The design allows for easy access for your USB connector most audio jacks. This stand comes standard with a easy to use thumb nut to attach it to the aluminum bracket. We’ve upgraded the wood from Euro Birch plywood to a higher quality Apple plywood.

The aluminum bracket can simply sit on any surface or can be mounted to a wall or table top**.
**Note, if you are planning to mount the iPad stand in the landscape position, you will need to order a shorter bracket which can be purchased for $10.

Each piece is finished with durable a low-VOC waterbased topcoat.

+ 3/8 inch Apple plywood
+ Aluminum
+ Thumb nut (easy to use)
+ Easy access for your USB connector and most audio jacks
+ Adjustable viewing angles
+ Low VOC satin finish
Fits iPad 2, 3rd & 4th Generation

$79.00 USD + Shipping

Typical time frame is 2 weeks plus shipping. If ordering from outside the US, additional shipping charges will apply. Learn more about our shipping or contact us .

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or are interested in bulk orders and associated lead times.

Wood iPad Stand Front

Modern Wood iPad Stand

Wood iPad Stand Back

Back of Wood iPad Stand


Shown with iPad in the Horizontal Position

Shown with iPad in the Vertical Postion

Thanks to WOD Club and Northwest Crossfit for their orders! We are excited to see iPads around the gym for easy access to members daily workout information. How cool to be able to upload my crossfit wod time right from the gym! Nice idea and kudos to WOD Club for developing a great iPad application for Crossfit workout tracking.

Modgrain is not responsible for theft or damage to iPads or iPad stands.

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Custom iPad Pedestal Part 2

by: modgrain

Modgrain just completed a custom iPad Pedestal for LOUD Technologies Inc. They are using it at the NAMM conference – in Anaheim, CA. Below are a few photos of the finished piece. The pedestal features 4 iPad stands, a black base, and a natural maple top. In a previous post you can see some of the production photos.

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Custom Tradeshow iPad Pedestal

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Modgrain recently shipped a iPad stand to to Woodinville, WA. The buyer (LOUD Technologies Inc.) loved it so much that they contacted me about doing a custom piece…. and ultimately commissioned Modgrain to create and build a custom iPad Pedestal for their upcoming tradeshow NAMM – in Anaheim, CA.

Thanks to the good people at LOUDtech (they are very nice), It was a very efficient and simple process. A few emails, a couple discussions a a preliminary estimate and a quick design, including 3D drawings and animation (see below). Also, below are some of the process photos so far. I’ll update them as the project progresses.

This is the first project that I have been challenged with creating a “ebony” like finish (not included in this 3D animation). And, I’m happy to say that after 3 coats of water based black die mixed with India Ink and 2 coats (so far…. a couple more to come) of a ECO friendly satin topcoat, that it’s looking really nice. I can’t wait to mount the top and 4 custom, secure iPad stands. It’s going to be sweet!

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Workstation Concept

by: modgrain

I’ve been working on a design that can replace you current workstation (aka your kitchen counter). This is a functional workstation that can also be a conversation piece in any room. Especially if hand painted doors are incorporated. I would rather sit here and stare endlessly at Facebook or Twitter. And, once you see the status you were hoping for, you can close the laptop and fold up the top door to hide your obsession from any guests that might show up in person.

This is a concept drawing that is as fluid your daily status updates. I’m currently leaning towards the bamboo and walnut plywood combination with a white melamine highlights on the interior. The painted door on “graffiti” has a very urban or industrial feel. I like this juxtaposition of a brand new satin finished piece with a loosely drawn and painted illustration. The possibilities are endless for colors and subject. Commissioning your favorite artist to paint the doors could be a reality! Let me know what you think!

home office workstation graffiti

Workstation Prototype: Graffiti

home office workstation painted

Workstation Prototype: Painted

home office workstation natural

Workstation Prototype: Natural

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“Joule” Jewelry Box Concept

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On this cold, gloomy Labor Day in Seattle, I have found myself working out a new jewelry box design. The construction will be the same as my previous jewelry box design… but with the a potential new flare. I’m thinking (in addition to laser engraving the walnut) of adding color or painting the graphic before applying the satin hand rubbed finish. These images represent some of my preliminary thinking. I’ll update you on this project as it comes together.

joule jewelry boxjoule jewelry box

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Customized iPad Stand

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A photographer in Florida, Manolo Doreste – In Focus Studios contacted me with a specific design requirement. He is planning to use 2 or 3 iPads at tradeshow type events where he will present his photography and video work. He needed a way to secure the iPad into the stand. Here is my design and prototyping exploration. On the last photo, I am considering adding a c-clip style locking washer… that will prevent anyone from slipping the rods up and out. Contact us if you are interested in ordering a Secure iPad Stand.

Custom Wood iPad Stand

Custom Wood iPad Stand with Aluminum Brackets and Bars

Secure iPad Feature

iPad Stand Bottom Detail

iPad Stand Top Detail

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Wood iPad Stand (Early Prototype)

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iPad Stand by Modgrain

Wood iPad Stand by modgrain

iPad Stand by Modgrain

Wood iPad Stand (Cross X) by modgrain

This is a beautifully designed modern wood iPad stand that features an aluminum bracket that can be mounted to a wall or simply sit on your desk. This is a great stand, especially if you’re looking for a hand made, unique and contemporary design style that is way cooler than the metal and plastic stands currently available. The viewing angle is 45 degrees and can be mounted for vertical or horizontal iPad presentation. The design integrates a thumb knob on the back for easy adjustments to either viewing angle. There is a 1 inch zinc coated flat bolt countersunk in the center of the final stand that is not present in the above photos. The design allows for easy access for your USB connector.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or are interested in bulk orders and associated lead times.

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iPad Stand Concept and Prototype

by: modgrain

A new product prototype in the works! I’ve been asked by Wodclub to design a custom iPad stand or dock. Something made out of wood vs. the standard, plastic/rubber stands that are commonly used with iPhones and iPods. My client wanted something a little more urban and environmentally friendly. Below is a quick sample drawing of where I’m headed with the design. The “X” shape is inspired by “Crossfit”. The stand must do two things…hang from a wall or sit on a desk or common area throughout Crossfit Gyms. Trainers need easy access so they can record a members time or load quickly and efficiently into the Wodclub’s Crossfit workout tracker. The design also allows a trainer to grab the iPad from any of the four sides of the stand. If you’re spending $500 for a iPad, it makes sense to have a safe place to set it!

I’m working on a variety of ways to put this together, including laser cutting the back and designing an aluminum bracket that will attach to a wall or sit on a desk. Stay tuned for updates.

Ipad Stand

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