Custom Apple Watch Charging Stand





Introduction: Custom Apple Watch Charging Stand

About: We are Mike and Lauren. We make videos on YouTube about money, travel, homesteading, and DIY.

I built this Apple Watch and iPhone charging station for my friend. We used black walnut and UHMW plastic. It turned out better than expected!

Step 1: Cut Pieces to Size

I ripped the walnut on the bandsaw and cut the UHMW plastic (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) to size on the table saw. We wanted it to have a layered effect with 1/2" walnut on the bottom, 1/2" plastic center, and 1/4" top plate.

Step 2: Cut Phone Slot

I used the scroll saw set to 18 degrees to cut the slot for the iPhone. A sharp chisel cleaned up the edges.

Step 3: Finished Base

I cut a 15 degree bevel on the front face of the base. I also cut a cavity in the bottom to hide the cords and add LEDs to light up the plastic.

Step 4: Trip to the Emergency Room

I was cutting a piece to small on the table saw and it kicked back at my face. I sliced through my nose requiring 11 stitches. I should have used the bandsaw to cut a piece that small. I've learned my lesson! Video above for those that are interested how it happened.

Step 5: Watch Stand

Using the UHMW plastic, I cut a half-moon shape and used a forstner bit to drill a circle on the face to hold the magnet charger for the Apple Watch. I cut a slit in the front of the watch stand to run the cable. It was held in place with a dab of super glue.

Step 6: Spray Lacquer

After taping off the charger magnet and holder, the dock was sprayed with 3 coats of satin spray lacquer.

Step 7: Finished Charging Station

Overall this project turned out to be one of my best. It looks and feels solid and professional. The phone and watch slide into place and charge with a nice positive click.

Step 8: Light Up Base

Next week I'm going to install white LEDs into the base so the plastic glows when plugged in. Here was a little test we did with a flashlight.

Step 9: A Reminder...

We used the piece that kicked back and hit my face in the finished product. It's a nice reminder to always wear eye protection!

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Can you make the watch stand upwards instead of sideways? I would like to use this for my new apple watch.

Can you change the charging cords easily or are they fixed into the stand?

This gives me a reason to buy a new watch. Haha! Thanks for a great tutorial.

I should have included a phone holder / charger in my design! I would reccomend what I did for mine because the watch faces right side up and you can see it, also the cable is nice and hidden. . Any way looks beautiful, now i'm thinking of redoing mine, I'm jealous!

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We did the watch horizontal on purpose actually. In Watch OS 2 they are going to have it so when the watch is charging sideways it will display a clock. They are calling it "nightstand mode."

real nice. some of my best gifts to people include a story about a trip to the er, usually because I get in a hurry and do something dumb even though I know better. but, sitting in the er gives you a break to think about the next step in your project! where do you get the plastic? good job, looks awesome

Wow. That's awesome, and beautiful, one thought would be to conceal the wire of the apple watch charger, but is amazing, and wow, that emergency room thing must have been scary, glad you're OK

This turned out looking awesome!

I'm glad your table saw accident wasn't worse, kickbacks are scary.

That main photo in step 3 . . . that one makes me nervous. Perhaps a pair of push sticks and a lower blade next time. Gotta keep those digits! :)

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I generally go by anything smaller than the width of my hand requires a push stick, or thick pieces that require you to push hard into the blade. So, by my standards he is pretty good for that piece, but everybody is different and it also depends on how steady your hand is and how well you know the saw and the material. What I find more interesting is that he has done what many of us have and that is to remove the guard. For fine cutting where you need to see where the blade is a guard is a real nuisance. It's to bad that they have still not developed a system that allows you to see while still preventing contact with a blade.

There was someone who developed a special stopping mechanism that was amazing in how well it worked. It used a sensor that could tell if anything like skin came into contact with the blade. Much like how a touch pad works. When it was triggered it released a bar that jammed into the saw blade teeth and instantly stopped it. It worked fast enough that the most that would happen to you was a small shave mark. The inventor demonstrated it by putting his fingers into a running saw blade. It triggered and shut everything down and left only a tiny mark on his finger. The problem was it was an expensive system and it had the tendency to destroy not just the blade but sometimes the drive motor as well. So as far as I know it never became mainstream. It was in a way like air bags. One use and expensive to replace.

I have also found, at least for me, that push sticks tend to put you more into the line of fire for kickbacks. I always try to stay to the side rather than behind the material being cut so if it does go flying it will miss me. But push sticks often require you to be more inline the the material being cut. So you are more likely to get hit when the saw starts throwing stuff. pretty cool

wow, that's really nice, love the walnut/plastic contrast. table saws are lethal, mine kicked back a small piece a few weeks ago into my stomach, left a bruise that lasted for over a week.