How to Make a Phone Stand Using LEGO

LEGO is known for its versatility and wide range of shapes and components that can be combined to create pretty much anything the mind can come up with. But did you know LEGO can also be used in practical applications around the house? Sure, you can spend $15, $20, or even $50 on a decent phone stand that doesn’t take up a lot of space, or you can build one with LEGO for much less. Recently, a member of our community over at BrickTrix submitted a video demonstrating some basic designs he’s come up with to turn otherwise ordinary LEGO pieces into a functional and capable stand for an iPod touch and a smartphone.

Josh Hadley-Dottin‘s designs are pretty genius in their simplicity and aesthetic qualities. The stands themselves look pretty good, despite being made out of extremely simply LEGO bricks.

Here are the basic components for his iPod touch stand design (LEGO model numbers appear in parentheses):

  • 1 – Brick 1×2 (300426)
  • 2 - Brick 1X6, Ø4,9 (389426)
  • 1 - Plate 4X8 (303526)

By placing the 1×6 bricks on either side of the iPod touch, he was able to provide enough support to keep the iPod touch from falling over without creating a stand that was either too bulky or too distracting from the iPod touch itself. The holes in the 1×6 bricks aren’t required to replicate his stand design, but they do make for an attractive extra. By placing a 1×2 piece behind the backing 1×6, the backing piece received the additional support it needs, again without making a design that appears too bulky or cluttered.

Another stand he created for the video was intended specifically for his LG Viewty KU990. This phone is significantly thicker than the iPod touch, and that required a sturdier design. Here are the components of Josh’s KU990 stand:

  • 1 - Plate 6X8 (303626)
  • 1 – Brick 2X2 (4211060)
  • 1 - Brick 1X6, Ø4,9 (389426) (An additional 1×6 brick is recommended for maximum support)
  • 1 – Brick 2X4 (300126)

In this design, he accommodated for the wider footprint of the phone while maintaining the same basic appearance of the iPod touch stand. With a thicker base and backing bricks, the heavier device will be less likely to fall or break apart the build. Josh does recommend using an extra 1×6 stud if you intend to use the phone’s touch screen while on the stand itself to provide additional support to the front piece.

So, what are your LEGO stand designs? Please feel free to leave a comment or submit your own video to the BrickTrix channel.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder how long it will take Facebook to block this.

  • http://twitter.com/GJMurray Garry

    Let hope not until I get all my albums copied and transferred!..Get going hackmanj

  • William Reading

    Can’t you just download your entire facebook history from facebook directly and use a different tool to push the pictures online? (How to do that: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=18830)

    • http://twitter.com/VadersGirl Cassandra

      This “Download Your Info” feature on FBook mysteriously stopped working yesterday

  • http://twitter.com/JSP0421 Joel Parker

    An even better method is using PhotoGrabber (http://code.google.com/p/photograbber/) and then uploading to Picasa yourself.

  • Andrea Rossi

    You can also simply ask Facebook for your data (the option is somewhere in the Facebook mess). It takes some hours to go but, when they collect all the data, you have a great zip file with the albums divided into directories. Take these directories and simply upload the photos with the awesome google+ uploading interface! Done! :D

  • tom heller

    You can also use http://fbdownloader.com (which was chosen twice as the best Facebook photos downloader)

    • Max Airborne

      Looks like this is only for windoze.

  • Max Airborne

    Tried testing the Fotolink app for copying one photo album from Facebook to Google+. It seems to be a great full-featured app, however it doesn’t work properly. I could only get it to move some photos, with no indication of errors except that some of the photos didn’t appear in the new location. Subsequent attempts to copy and past the missing photos simply failed. I ended up moving a bunch of them by downloading them and then re-uploading. Tedious. And unfortunate that all photo captions are lost in the process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000892313572 Rob Bromwell

    wow this guy has his head on straight, I wonder id he’ll ever make a stand for something maybe like chicken strips!!

    • http://twitter.com/wirelessspider James Loftus

      Well if he was to make a stand for chicken strips he would need one for some tomato Sauce as well OBV!!!

      GOD SOME PEOPLE!

  • Robert Fletcher

    genius!

    • http://twitter.com/mandmvaught Melissa Vaught

      That is awesome!! Im gonna be raiding my son’s lego collection for sure now!!