Smartphone & Kindle "Docking" Stations

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Project by Tooch posted 02-16-2015 04:42 PM 1658 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the projects we do at School is a “Western Mirror Frame” (I posted one a while ago here ) The project teaches the kids about lap joints and also gives some room for creativity and laser engrave the mirrors, see Stevie’s project here-

If you’re confused as to why I’m bringing that up, its because this project spawned from me trying to figure out something to do with all of the “Oops!!” from the mirror frame projects. After some quick brainstorming, I found if I cut off the Lap joints on both ends, I have enough material to run a 3/4” Dado through and make 2 of these “docking stations”. The dado is run at a 22.5 degree angle in the base, and I decided not to glue the base to the stand to allow it to be broken down for transport if desired.

The ones featured here are made of mahogany with various color stains. They all have felt on the bottoms (3rd Pic), and have a charger slot to fit a standard USB cord. They are a perfect spot to charge your phone, play a game, or watch a movie. They do not hold an iPad, but that’s ok because nobody really likes iPads anyhow (says the man too poor to own one)....

I made a bunch of these for Christmas this past year, but never got around to posting them. I’ve just realized how far behind I am with posting projects… life just gets in the way I suppose.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 08:23 PM

I really like these. I def need to make some myself. Great job buddy. After using them for a bit, is there any design feature that you would change if you were doing them again?

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 11:19 PM

This is a good project for the kids Tooch! They do make nice gifts.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 12:35 AM

Hoss I would consider making the base a little bit wider (front to back). It really depends on the individual phone, though. some of the new iPhones are so big it moves the center of gravityand this design will tip over.

Tony the kids love these for two reasons- 1. They’re quick & easy to make, 2. They take them to other classes and watch movies on their phone haha

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 02-17-2015 10:43 AM

Those look great.

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 10:50 AM

Love this. So sick of not being able to find a cradle that will let me keep the case on my phone. Why the hell didn’t I think to make one myself?

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 12:52 PM

Simple and efficient

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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