Custom Apple Watch Charging Stand

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Introduction: Custom Apple Watch Charging Stand

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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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Inspired by your idea, here is what I have

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9xffMhZX9s

Thanks!

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. https://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Watch-Charging-Stand/ . Any way looks beautiful, now i'm thinking of redoing mine, I'm jealous!

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."

Oh cool! yeah mine was Android so a bit different, not sure if they have this setting...yet.

That looks really good.

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