|Project by Anapolis7||posted 12-08-2010 02:21 PM||20211 views||31 times favorited||18 comments|
I am going to start off by saying that I completely ripped this idea off. Please see www.koostik.com to view the original.
So in viewing this website, I saw the amazing results that a ported dock could produce in terms of amplification off of just the crumby internal speaker on an iphone. In studying the photos on the website I decided that this could be recreated easily enough with a plunge router and a few mdf templates.
I used my iphone 4 to get the basic dimensions for the templates, marked off a block of pine with center lines, used a forestner bit to get rid of the waste, and then made a nice little iphone 4 shaped hole. Then I used a circle cutting jig to route some channels to the speakers on the iphone. Please note that on the iphone 4 the internal speaker is only on the right, so you need to create a gap under the iphone connecting the ports for sound to come out both sides. With that completed, I glued the block back together and cut speaker holes.
The first pic is just the pine block in working condition. The others are after I made it a bit more visually appealing. Obviously, there are some visible errors in the depth setting for plunge routing that I made (it was my first time), but I think I can do better the next time around.
I am posting this because I am sure many of you out there have kids, significant others, office mates, or maybe even pets that have iphones. I made some really nice ipod docks last year for christmas with amps and speakers and such, and they cost a small fortune to make. This is a project that you could batch out in a weekend, including the time to make the templates, and thin out the burgeoning pile of offcuts and scrap in your garage as well. I made mine out of a piece of pine that had been sitting in the garage for 5 years that I was tired of looking at and then ironed on some walnut veneer.
As an amplifier, the results are pretty impressive. Mine are very similar to those shown on the website above in the video on the about page. My iPhone can easily produce enough sound to fill a 15×25 living room with music at a reasonable volume.
(For those interested, the drawing in the first few pics is part of a tattoo for someone I know. The female is being consumed in the flames of her situation and the covered part of the drawing is her rising as a phoenix from the flames. I really want to cut this as marquetry…wish me luck.)