Charging Station

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Project by BillG posted 12-28-2009 04:16 PM 2912 views 17 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For quite a while now we have had a snaggle of cables lying on the kitchen counter for the purpose of charging phones, iPods, etc. This was a sore point with my wife, so I made this charging station for her for Christmas.

The body of the case is a piece of old growth crotch black walnut with the base moulding and top were made from heavily eyed birds eye maple. Granted, a little exotic for it’s intended use. However, function was still my first priority. My goal was to create a charging station where I could switch off the power when not being used thereby halting the wasteful phantom trickle of electricity. I also wanted to know when the power was on so that I would not accidentally leave it turned on. Lastly, it needed to be easy to access the charging cables and provide a practical platform for the devices to sit on while charging. Once these conditions were met, the appearance and wood choices could be made.

Exclusive of the wood, which I already had remaining from other projects, the cost of the electrical components was about $10. I chose to use a small scale colonial blanket chest as my model. The sides were machine dovetailed and I used a heavily figured section of a black walnut crotch for the face and another section of the crotch board with a knot hole in it for the back. This provided a nice place for some of the cabeling to exit the case.

The electrical components consisted of a simple black rocker switch, a green neon indicator light, and a compact four outlet power strip. My wife was happy.

Thanks, Bill Goodwin

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 04:34 PM

Very neat and clean charging station. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 05:22 PM

Very nice, I have a store bought one that I love. Maybe this will give me inspiration to design my own.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 05:23 PM

very nice design you nailed it on this project. all charging and wiring issuse covered and looks good too
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 09:21 PM

Great idea, and well executed!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 08:59 PM

Very nice. I could use one of these and just may build one now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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