DIY iPad Frame

Cut mat 0.5 inch
Cut mat 0.5 inch
Glued eraser slice for button
Glued eraser slice for button
Carved groove with router
Carved groove with router
Almost done!
Almost done!
Nail in backing
Nail in backing
All done! Can use on counter or wall mount.
All done! Can use on counter or wall mount.

Once I got my Surface Pro my old iPad was sitting around collecting dust. At the same time I was still using a pen and paper to make my grocery list, I know, I’m getting old, what can I say. So I decided to step in the 21st century and mount my ipad in the kitchen and use it for a grocery list and other things like looking up recipes and listening to music.

First thing I did was look up “iPad wall mounts” and damn, between $80 and $150 for anything decent that covers all the edges and wires. Guess I’m DIYing it! Next step, find a decent grocery list app. I bing’d “Best grocery ipad app” and found Grocery IQ by coupon.com. It has a ton of features as well as apps for iPad, iPhone which my wife has and Android for me, perfect! I went ahead and downloaded it on all my devices, sync’d the grocery list with the Android and everything works as advertised so far so let’s get mounting.

Next thing I do is go to my garage where I can find just about anything being that I’m a pack rat of sorts. I find an old 4×6 picture frame and discard the glass. The iPad fit great within the frame but the mat had about a half inch overlay on the touch screen, no bueno. After trimming the fat with an old x-acto blade, I realize that I need a hole to hit the ipad button. Now I didn’t want to have to carve out a circle so I sliced the tip off an eraser and hot glued it to the mat, this made it so all we have to do is push on the mat to hit the button, tested it, worked like a charm!

I then plugin the ipad and framed it, another problem, damn plug doesn’t fit! No problem really, I whip out the ol’ router, carve out a nice groove and bam, fits perfectly.

Lastly, I add the picture frame backing, hammer in a few nails to hold it in place and 20 minutes later, I have myself a free iPad frame and wall mount.

Now for the hard part, hit the grocery store, ugh :/

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