|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 08-14-2012 05:59 PM||2879 views||4 times favorited||2 comments|
Here’s a way to use up some of your scrap wood lying around, and it comes in very handy too. I wanted to pass the idea along.
Apple Computer makes remotes to serve some of their devices like computers, iPods and their Apple TV interface. It is a beautifully made little thing, but quite small, about 1/4” thick by 1” wide by 4-1/2” long or so. We were forever losing ours in the settee cushions, etc., and being small it was hard and frustrating to find.
Using a piece of scrap cherry solved that problem! I chiseled out a pocket for the remote and installed a clamping piece to keep it in place, oiled it all and put it to work. It works like a charm too, and is very friendly feeling in the hands. The pictures explain it pretty well, and the only thing to keep in mind is the business end where the infrared eye is must be kept clear for it to work properly. The clamping piece must be made so it exerts sufficient pressure on the remote to keep it securely in its socket. I just undercut the faying surface about 1/16” and angled it slightly. A round head #6 brass screw was used to maintain the ‘warm’ feeling.
I can envision someone building a router jig to make multiple copies to be sold on the internet – they would probably go for up to $25 or more. If anyone decides to do this, please give me some credit and send me a royalty of a few cents each!
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