Mystery Mini-Project

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Project by jtriggs posted 07-09-2010 07:56 AM 4128 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What is it? Can you tell from the first photo?

I like having my iPod handy at work and that means standing up where I can touch it without having to pick it up. So, I made a holder for my new iPod touch this week. Works great on my desk too. I had one for an older iPod but this one needed the added feature of holding the iPod both vertically and horizontally plus having access to all the controls.

This has worked great. It slides into position with a slightly snug fit into grooves routed in the edges. It also has a ball bearing seated on a tiny piece of rubber in the back piece that detents into small dents drilled into the back of the front piece with a rounded router bit in my drill press. I then assembled it and ran it back and forth a few times to dent the walnut and then I put thin super glue in the track I created and into the detent holes to make them more durable. Works fine so far.

Well, thanks for looking. I love making putzy stuff that makes life easier or more interesting.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 08:01 AM

I like it! Good idea using the ball bearing and rubber for the detents. I’ll have to remember that trick.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 08:51 AM

Looks like a low tech solution for a hi tech problem ;-)) Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 10:29 AM

Very cool holder, for that I pod! nicw work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 11:59 AM

Very cool. I have a phone holder too, badly made, and it doesn’t rotate (landscape only). And even then, it’s nice to be able to put the phone up where you can see it.

So you’re just using a simple screw for the pivotpoint?

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 02:46 PM

Clever and useful.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 03:42 PM

You could sell these.

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#7 posted 07-09-2010 04:10 PM

Nice design! Something you get to use everyday.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 04:22 PM

Cool project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 07:09 PM

Kewl techie project

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 03:12 PM

I made a 60 second version of that for my Ipod in the garage. It was a 2×4 scrap that had been mitered at 45* on both ends with a thin pieces of scrap on the sides and bottom to hold. Your version looks much nicer. Lol!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 06:18 AM

Thanks for the comments. After a week of daily use I judge it a ‘sound’ project.
Nebulous-yes, it is just a screw for the pivot. If I find it starts to work loose I’ll probably put a couple drops of super glue on the threads.

Thanks again.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 06:19 AM

Unique and useful. Nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 08:36 AM

That’s frigging awesome! Two thumbs up.

-- Bud -

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