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Project by AdrianM posted 10-15-2013 08:55 PM 1144 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was thinking of making these for my etsy store but I don’t think I have the design right.

Looking to get some honest feedback from the lumberjocks community.

Love it or hate it just tell me why.

Left one is Walnut and the one on the right is Oak.

The pockets on each are slightly different. The Walnut one is sunk 3/8 while the oak is flush with the top.

Made on CNC

Thanks,

Adrian





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Buche

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 09:05 PM

I think they look good workmanship wise – however, I am not quite sure about their usefulness. why would I spend money for a “dock” if I could just put the phone directly on the desk/table/nightstand?

Could you add depressions for spare change, the headphones etc. to make the item more usefull and desirable?
just my two cents.

Cheers

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 09:18 PM

since you asked for it – these look a bit bulky and non-functional.

if I was to pay for a dock for my phone – I would want one that would have the wire hidden, and I would want one that was more elegant and slimmer.

just my $0.02

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jeepturner

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 11:31 PM

It looks more like a solution looking for a problem. As Buche stated, one could just sit the phone on whatever your dock was set on.
That being said. Some folks like to have their phone by the bed side in the upright position. If you designed it with the wire hidden and the phone upright it might sell to those folks. The docks that can be purchased easily on line are normally plastic, and in no way look good as a piece of furniture.
I have seen some of these type of docks on LJ, and have considered making one for relatives who use their phone as an alarm clock/nightlight. There has to be some kind of market for them. If they are functional and look more like the furniture.

-- Mel,

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KENVO

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 02:33 AM

I don’t like the look of my wife and my phones sitting on my side table with cords hanging out, it just looks cluttered to me. But if you put a top on it I think it would be a very cool way to hide the phones and to dress things up. I like the heavy look.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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KENVO

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 02:34 AM

I don’t like the look of my wife and my phones sitting on my side table with cords hanging out, it just looks cluttered to me. But if you put a top on it I think it would be a very cool way to hide the phones and to dress things up. I like the heavy look.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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Joe

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 03:05 AM

They look very nice. However I must agree with some of the above comments. One could easily put their phone on the table just as easily…and take up less room. But I do think they look quite nice! Maybe you could use them as something else?

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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Mark828

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 12:47 PM

Perhaps you could ad a spot for wallet & keys. I could use something like that because those are the 3 things I never leave home without. Having a spot for all 3 leaves no hassle in the morning trying to find where you put each one.

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YoungWilly

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 12:50 PM

I like the idea, but I just leave my phone in a lipped shelf in my dresser when I charge it at night (it can’t fall out because of the lip). My wife on the other hand, has had a phone fall and break when it took a suicide dive off the dresser! If you want to stick with this idea, I would suggest gluing some rubber feet on the bottom if the point is to make a cradle that would avoid suicide dives. On another note, how about making a dock in landscape mode that has a tilt towards the back? So as to be able to watch a movie on the device. The border could be a little thinner too, but that’s my personal choice, I’m sure there are others that like the thicker border. Also, since you have a CNC, you can include some designs into the border.

One final note, keep up the good work!

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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jm82435

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 03:11 PM

I would want the cord captured into the dock so you just slip it in for charging. With a cnc it would be easy to get the size and position correct for this. also they are bulky looking. i would trim them down so they looked a little more svelte. leave some area for a thumb and finger access to retrieve the devise, but otherwise have it tight enough to guide the device onto the cord. I would also say you might want to go for additional features such as a place for your keys, change, wallet, whatever.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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WayneC

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#10 posted 10-16-2013 03:13 PM

I would also think about adding some curves and perhaps making it closer to the size of the phone.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Gerben

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#11 posted 10-16-2013 03:50 PM

I like the fact that the phone isn’t standing upright, like in most docks.
This design also works for all kinds of phones. Not just iPhone version X.
When charging my phone, it lays at the edge on the table. I’ve already had it almost fall to the ground, trying to unplug it. So like YoungWilly said; rubber feed would be useful.

I think its simple and elegant. I might not have the features that other docks have, but I thinks there is a market for this simple design. Though I’d try to make is slightly less bulky.

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 10-17-2013 07:01 AM

You have all that real estate + CNC, why not carve designs around the top edge.

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AdrianM

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#13 posted 10-17-2013 03:38 PM

Thank you for the feedback its all very helpful. I will post version 2.0 when its ready.

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jm82435

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#14 posted 10-17-2013 06:44 PM

I would also mill the slot for the cord from the bottom. At least capturing it, if not completely securing it for easy slide-in docking with the device. Maybe a small slot for the cord along the bottom, then a larger one through to the top for the plug to go through.
You may be thinking make one vanilla flavor any device can use, but as many iphones and ipods as there are out there – i think at least a custom design just for them would be worth your efforts.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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RexMcKinnon

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#15 posted 10-17-2013 07:03 PM

I like it. A path underneath to pass the wire would be great. I think the walnut design is better becasue you could place somehting on top of it without scratching your phone. Example; late at night your reading and half asleep you put your book on your nighttable. You could put it right on top of the phone and the phone has no weight on it because it is recessed. I also agree with others, since you have a CNC you can add a lot more to it with little work. Just a simple slot for a business card and people would put this on their desk.

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

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