This is a powerstation to get rid of the multiple cords and chargers on my countertop.
Step 1: The problem and the solution
Well, my counter top is a mess, with two cell phones, a digital camera and a digital camcorder charger, plus a pencil sharpener and a candle warmer. Takes up too much space and looks icky. I wanted to clean it up and make it look presentable yet still functional.
I have seen the things for sale, and for a hundred bucks, they will sell you essentially a closed box with a power strip in it. I can do that for less than $40. Want to watch?
Step 2: The initial materials
So, I go to Bed Bath and Beyond and pick up a wood bread box for $29.99 minus a 20% off coupon I had. Now I go to Lowes and purchase a power strip, two desk cord grommets (one with just a hole in the cap, and one with a swivel), some shrink tubing, and a three three hole power tap. Because of some of my big bricks, I will need the power tap.
Step 3: Cutting the holes for the cords
The first problem is that I have a 1.5 inch grommet but only a one inch hole saw. What to do? Get out the dremmel to finish the hole!
On the second hole, I have a 2 inch hole saw and a 2 inch grommet. Guess what, though. The two inch hole saw is internal diameter, not external. The kerf of the blade makes the hole too big. A little silicone glue and it is fine.
If you notice, I cut down the grommet for the 1.5 inch hole, but not the 2 inch. The 2 inch grommet has a spring inside to flip the little plate it contains over. I didn't want to mess that up.