Work Bench Phone Holder

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Project by Redoak49 posted 01-09-2015 03:14 PM 3380 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that I needed some way to hold my cell phone on my work bench so that I could see if there was a call or message but wanted it up off the work bench to keep it from being damaged by putting something on it. I came up with this adjustable arm holder. The phone is held in with a sliding hand which uses a rubber band for tension and the inside has some anti-slide material on it. The holder mounts in the bench with 3/4” dog holes.

I also made it so that I could put a different holder on it to hold a tablet. I have found a number of Youtube videos that I like to watch and use to build projects. Never did I think that I would want this much of the technology in my shop but found for me that it is useful at times.

It is made of red oak and Baltic Birch. The tightening knobs are made from red oak with a 1/4-20 nut pressed in.

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 03:53 PM

Kinda primitive, don’cha think? ;-)

Seriously, nice work. Clever design, and fine work on those “trusses”.

-- Cheers -- g

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 04:26 PM

What a great holding device. I could see using it with a clipboard to hold up paper plans out of the saw dust, too.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 05:00 PM

WolfDrool – what a great idea to put a clip board on it. I can easily make another head for it that can do that. I purposely made it so that it is easy to put a different holder on it for something else and yours is really great. But, if I put plans on it, where do I put my cell phone?

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 05:35 PM

Make another holder for your phone.

Very neat project. Great design. Just what I need to make.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 05:54 PM

Great piece of engineering! There’s no fighting technology….

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 06:13 PM

I don’t know why I love but I do. Nice work

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#7 posted 01-09-2015 11:59 PM

It seems some folks have entirely tooooooo much time on their hands. can I order one of those?? LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 04:20 AM

Fantastic idea. I have been thinking of attempting something like this to make videos with my phone since my regular video camera died.
This placed into a tripod would work nicely. Hope you don’t mind if I borrow from your design.

-- 25 years, 3 working lathes and I'm still figuring it out.

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 10:16 AM

Rube Goldberg would be proud !
That is a fine piece of engineering.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 01-10-2015 01:32 PM

I love this – you should sell them :)

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#11 posted 01-10-2015 01:36 PM


Very nice idea and execution. Frivolous? Perhaps, but I definitely have been inspired to do something similar for my tablet. Thanks for sharing!

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 01:44 PM

GREAT project! I will be “borrowing” this idea in some form in the VERY near future. GREAT job sir . . . WELL DONE!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#13 posted 01-10-2015 04:54 PM

I am not interested really in selling these or anything for that matter.

However, if you are making one for yourself, I am willing to give you information on how I made it and post some additional pictures of the various parts. I know that I ended up re-making several of the parts a couple of times until I got it how it worked for me.

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