Desktop organizer with a modern twist

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Project by jmartel posted 175 days ago 1656 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friend of mine wanted a desktop organizer, and decided he wanted to make it a bit more modern by adding in some inductive chargers. Basically, you put your phone/laptop on top of the chargers and it charges the battery wirelessly. No cords to worry about, just toss them on and go. So, he asked if I could put it into a box. Ended up routing out the panel top to about 3/32” thick so as to minimize the amount of interference from the wood. I have no idea if it will work since I don’t have his phone/tablet with me, but it should. Theoretically.

Wood is maple that I found at Home Depot with some decent figure, and the panel/drawer front is Mahogany Crotch veneer.

Finish is Deft satin sprayed with HVLP, then rubbed out with 0000 steel wool. First time spraying a finish.

EDIT 11/14/2013: Box arrived to him, and he took a video for me showing it in action. The hot glue failed during it’s rough shipping journey (USPS lost it at one point, but it was found and kept going), but he is repairing that and just did a quick duct-tape job apparently to make sure everything worked.

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#1 posted 175 days ago

Thats a good idea. Let us know how it works out.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 175 days ago

Cool idea! Definitely need a follow up to find out how it works. Also, where did you get the inductive chargers?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 175 days ago

No idea. He sent them to me in the mail, and I just installed them. They are attached with hot glue so they are easy to take out and replace if needed.

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#4 posted 175 days ago

Looks nice! If it works, I can see a lot of LumberJocks making these.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 175 days ago

Great build, making modern warm and inviting

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#6 posted 175 days ago

Well done. Gonna buy sumpin’ fun with the proceeds?;)

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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#7 posted 175 days ago

Welll done and good idea. Will be interesting to see how well this works.

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

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#8 posted 174 days ago

Very nicely done – neat concept and I really like the contrasting wood selection. Let us know how it works out.

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#9 posted 174 days ago

This turned out very nice. You’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 174 days ago

This wonderful ,unique and beautiful ,Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 174 days ago

Nice job. Great idea.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#12 posted 174 days ago

Thanks everyone. And Red, I already bought the Spindle Sander with the proceeds several weeks ago. I’ve got a couple more builds for people that will hopefully help get me on my way to buying a jointer.

Forgot to post dimensions: It’s about 15”Wx12”Dx5”H

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#13 posted 174 days ago

Really clever with the inductive chargers and a very handsome piece.

Nice Work.

-- - Terry

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#14 posted 174 days ago

Very nice desktop organiser….the contrasting woods look great. You have done an excellent job…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#15 posted 174 days ago

Great work and very interesting idea, give us a follow up.

-- Tom D

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