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Project by RVeCafe posted 02-27-2013 03:45 PM 1427 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gadget Charging Station
This project came from the Woodworking for Mere Mortals Website. I changed the design only slightly. I have some assembly views here if you want to take a look. I made this one for my son. I made one earlier for myself to learn of the problems/changes I needed to make before making one as a gift. I used birch plywood. The red “stain” is food coloring which works great as long as you are staining the entire board, otherwise it bleeds if you try to do only part of a board. Of course I sealed the entire project in polyurethane after the food coloring.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon: http://rvecafe.com/wood.html





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AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 03:53 PM

Looks great! He will love it!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 04:44 PM

Food coloring for stain, something new for me will have to try this on some test wood and see how well it works. Nice build, some else made something similiar recently and my only question was how warm does it get inside with the chargers? A friend built one and the poly melted some on the top from heat. Now he did use all the chargers all night every night so this would be an excessive load. We had a small discussion about the need for a charge every night on modern batteries as well as READING the owners manual. He modififed the side to accept a small speaker cover and the other side has a small computer fan that runs when the chargers are being used. It may not every be an issue but it takes a minute to put a thermometer inside and check ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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sink_tinkler

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 05:06 PM

Make sure and put a lot of breather-holes in there. Wouldn’t want you to start a fire…

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RVeCafe

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 09:49 PM

I hadn’t considered the heat the transformers might generate, I’ll check the chamber when in use to learn if there is a problem. Thanks.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon: http://rvecafe.com/wood.html

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Mark Gipson

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 04:09 AM

Ah, the charging station of doom! Looks great, one of these is on my list of projects to do soon.

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sink_tinkler

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 04:27 PM

I was kidding about the fire. Steve Ramsey took a MAJOR amount of flack over unfounded “derp, that could start a fire, derp” posts from the YouTube Safety Patrol over this project. His Mere Minutes video response to it had me in tears.

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RVeCafe

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 06:42 PM

Thanks, Sink_tinkler … I had not known that folks had complained to Steve about heat build up. I have now watched his response and agree with Steve … I’ve not noticed ANY heat build up in mine. I’ve also been in Steve’s position in the past where idiots talk negatively of an idea … I feel his frustration. Steve recommended unplugging the power strip for those concerned about power usage, I think the idiots should unplug their COMPUTERS and get lost.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon: http://rvecafe.com/wood.html

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sink_tinkler

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#8 posted 03-01-2013 08:37 PM

Totally agree. They need to quit bitching and go do something productive.

Have a good weekend!

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