Pair of Desk Caddies with 'Secret' Phone Stand

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 04-02-2016 06:12 PM 763 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

I made these as gifts for last Christmas. They are nearly identical to the caddy I made previously [link], except that these are the Mark II version. For these I added a ‘secret’ pull-out stand, good for holding up a phone, ipod or even a small tablet. Might be handy for watching videos or ‘face-timing.’

The wood is rescued drawer wood. I followed the same procedure making these as I did for the earlier one, but added a few cuts to the base to create the pull-out stand. I finished it with spray lacquer.

How I did it:

[Above] I started with three drawer sides that I rescued off the street at some point. [Below] After cutting the pieces out, I stood them up to see how the butt joints will fit together.

[Below] I’ve treated the edges with a chamfer to add some dimension to the joints and started the gluing with the tallest box.

[Below] With the center box complete I sart gluing the side boxes to it. Each side box needs only 3 sides since the center one completes it.

[Below] Here you can see my expensive clamps being used to hold down the box assembly to the base.

[Below] A view showing the pull-out stand and the slot that keeps it from just coming completely out. A dowel is installed underneath to keep it in place. The slot travel is limited by the dowel.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 04-02-2016 07:06 PM

Very inovative and modern design. I like hiden compartment.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 07:18 PM

Very inovative and modern design. I like hiden compartment.

- majuvla

Thanks, Ivan. It was another of those ‘seat of the pants’ projects. I thought of the basic idea and developed it as I went. It was fun the whole way!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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