It’s been a while since I made any LEGO office equipment. I had to fix that.
I found my desk getting cluttered with a few bits I always had hanging round:
- Pens and pencils
- Short USB cables (for charging my phone etc)
- Couple of small backup drives
- USB memory sticks
- USB adapters
- Capo (I play a bit of guitar)
- Plectrums. Should that be plectra?
All necessary, all needed at my fingertips, but messy to leave lying around. So I built a desk tidy.
It’s got a place for everything, and everything in its place. Somewhere to put my plectrums/plectra.
A pot on top for USB memory sticks and adapters, and any other small knick-knacks.
Cable hooks on each side. I decided against a more complicated system to store cables as … well, it’s not needed.
Round the back is a bracket for my capo. There are actually two brackets, not that I have two capo (capi?) but I needed the unit to be symmetrical.
And there are two caddies for storing the backup drives. I’ve also got an eraser in there, too.
This was a fun little project to build! But I need to stop, as my wife is starting to think I’m strange. Or rather, stranger than she already thought I was.
Oops, I did it again.
The arrival of another laptop meant I had a requirement for another laptop stand. Yes, of course I made it out of LEGO!
I decided on a simpler design this time, with no attempts at making it adjustable.
I also made the cable tidy smaller and more integrated.
And finished it off by adding a few mini figs, including Spiderman.
I have to say I really enjoyed this, and am trying to think of other office equipment I can make out of LEGO. Any ideas?
In May 2020, as every year, I attended the wonderful All Day Hey conference. This year, due to The Pandemic Situation, the conference couldn’t be held in the wonderful Yorkshire city of Leeds, instead it was online. The attendees were encouraged to post pictures of where they were attending the conference from, and I was embarrassed by my lunchbox laptop stand.
I could have ordered a proper stand online, but thought I could make one instead. Out of Lego. Because why not.
Everyone here loves Lego, right? Of course we all do. It’s perfect for building office equipment. Here’s the finished product, just visible underneath my laptop:
I have to be honest, I’m a massive Lego fan. I don’t get much chance to dabble these days, but when I do I remember just how much I enjoy it – Technical Lego especially. Here you can see how I constructed the stand to ensure it provides a stable base:
And if we look a little closer at the back, you can see the stand has springs to help sit the laptop better. I did plan on making the height adjustable, but this is good enough for now.
Of course I needed minifigs to guard my laptop! I chose Batman and the Terminator, because nobody would mess with them, right?
And I incorporated a simple cable tidy into the stand:
Overall I’m pretty pleased. As a beta product I think it works well, but I would like to investigate how difficult it would be to make the height and tilt angle adjustable. That will have to wait for another day, though.