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DIY Ikea box charging station black

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So I've been reading Lifehacker.com and found some really nice DIY charging stations. I really liked the Ikea box versions, but I decided to change a few things.

These were bluesman and PROD's instructables on making a charging station without switches or with individual switches:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-IKEA-charging-box---no-more-cable-mess!-Very-e/ (Ikea charging box)

http://www.instructables.com/id/IKEA-Power-Charging-Box-with-individual-switches/?ALLSTEPS (Ikea charging box with individual swtiches)

I was really excited about this and decided to make my own version. First of all, I like black, so it had to be a black box and I wanted one general powerswitch. I also wanted to make a few ventilation holes in the back.

I used the following materials:

Ikea Ladis (40x30 box, 70 eurocents)
Ikea Ladis (40 lid, 30 eurocents)
Ikea Koppla (power strip with general switch, you get 2 of them for 4,99 euros)
A few tie-wraps.

Tools:
Drill, different sizes (depends on the tie-wraps and chords you're using)
Vile (round)
Knife

Thanks to bluesman and PROD for their nice instructables!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials used:

Black box (Ikea Ladis) 40x30

Black lid (Ikea Ladis)

Power stip

This powerstrip would fit entirely into the box, but I decided to keep the part with the switch on the outside so I can easily flip it. The side with he switch is to the wall anyways!

Step 2: Fitting the power strip

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I made a hole for the powerstrip which was a little bit smaller, in this way I was able to push it in with some force, making it stay in place a bit more easily.

I just drew around the powerstrip's end holding it against the box and then cut the hole using a knife.

I chose not to cut all the material away, I didn't cut the bottom off, providing some support for the switch-part of the power strip.

Step 3: Securing the power strip

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I wanted the power strip to stay in place, so I drilled four holes in the bottom of the box, just big enough to fit my tie-wraps.

Two tie-wraps is more than enough to keep it in place, though I needed to combine two tie-wraps into one to be able to circle the power strip.
wiedo5 years ago
very nice.. i did a chargebox based on yours. It can be found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Charge_box/
gingertech5 years ago
hey i really like your idea and i plan on doing my own soon with a few differences:) oh and why bother buying a new power strip get some spray paint lol spray it black(not near the sockets though!)