I hated having my Apple Watch take up so much space and get knocked off the night stand so I made a charging stand for it.
Design consideration: If you want to be able to use the 'nightstand mode' where the watch shows the time that dims then brightens before your alarm (and activates with a light touch), you must have the watch be oriented horizontally with the buttons facing up. There are a lot of cool docks that hold the watch vertically but then you lose the nightstand mode.
Other notes: This instructable assumes you know your way around a wood lathe and have done off-center/parallel axis wood turning. If either of these is new, there are some other great tutorials including Barbara Dill's incredible article on multi-axis turning.
- Wood lathe (with drive center, live center, chisels)
- drill press
- sharp chisels
- 1-1/8 forstner bit (I got mine as part of the porter cable 14 piece set at lowes)
- countersink bit
- countersink combo drill bit
- 5/32 drill bit
- spring punch or another marking punch
I used a 2.5"x2.5" x 2" piece of walnut
Step 1: Mark Your Holes on the Front Face
Drill your forstner bit hole 3/8 deep.
Step 2: Mark Holes on Side and Drill
Drill this hole with a 5/32 bit.
You will later need to chisel this out to open it up. Make some more 5/32 holes between the spot you marked and the surface to help.
Step 3: Find Your Centers
For me, this was 3/16ths towards the face
Step 4: Transfer This Distance/center to the Other Side
Step 5: Use a Countersink to Mark Your Center
Step 6: Drill Out the Bottom Cable Run
Now do you see why we created that center countersink and went a bit deep?
Step 7: Use a Chisel to Open Up the Drill Holes
Be careful here as it's easy to slip.
The bottom edge is fairly simple. The front hole where the charger sleeve goes through is deeper and takes longer. Note that the photo here is part way through the process and you will need to create a nice looking straight edge all the way to the bottom of that hole.
Step 8: Test Fit
You may find that you need to work on the chiseling a bit more or even drill the center deeper. It's much easier to fix things now while the piece is still boxy.
Step 9: Mount Between Centers and Turn
Spin the lathe up fast (I go 2,000 rpm) and take light cuts with a sharp tool.
I wanted the shape to be pretty cylindrical so I stopped to check for a straight line with a ruler.
Once you are close you will see those compass lines on the side are pretty spot on to your turning.
Be careful not to go too small or you may lose the flat face.
Step 10: Sand and Finish
Finish as you like but I used mineral oil and wax.
Step 11: Trim the Top and Sand/finish
Sand top to 400 and finish.
Step 12: Add a Base
The key to the base is to mount using a screw working as a hinge. Align your wood grains as you like and decide where the sides and front/back of base are. Drill and countersink a hole in the bottom offset about 3/4 inch to one side. Now use a center punch or a nail to transfer that mark to the bottom. Put a screw through.
Now you can rotate the bottom out of the way to put your apple charger in and remove it later if you decide to make changes or make a new stand.
To make everything extra secure, put a little piece of double sided tape in the disc.