Introduction: DIY Wooden Phone Stand

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While I was tinkering around in my wood shop the other day I got a great idea for making a super simple and cool looking phone stand. I had so much fun making the first one that I made a second, and a third, and I'm heading out again today to make a fourth. Anyways If you've ever wanted a modern wooden phone stand, read on!

Step 1: Choose Your Wood

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You can use any kind of wood you want. So far, I've made phone stands from pine (I rescued a nice roughed up pine board from Habitat this summer and it has been great for this project) and oak. For my fourth stand, I'm going to use maple.

Step 2: Chop Chop Chop

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The size of your phone stand mostly depends on the size of your phone and how big you want it to be. The sizes for mine range from about 5.5 X 3.25 in to 6.25 X 3 in.

Step 3: Cut the Groove

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I used a table saw to cut the groove that the phone sits in. I adjusted the blade to cut a slit about halfway through the wood. I think the deeper the grove the better because it will hold your phone in better, but I'm still experimenting.

To make the groove wider, I just kept running my board through the saw adjusting the fence as I went. About three to four cuts did the job. The width the works best for my phone is just under half and inch.

Step 4: Angle the Grove

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Cutting a slight angle into tho groove allows the phone to sit at a bit of angle (which is nice). If I knew the degree of the angle, I would tell you but I really just adjusted it until it looked about right. You don't want too much of angle though!

Step 5: Smooth Out the Groove

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Since I ended up breaking out some of the uncut pieces from the groove it was pretty uneven. I found a piece wood that was just the width of the groove and wrapped sandpaper around it. It worked really well to smooth things out.

Step 6: Finishing Up!

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After I sanded everything down I sealed it with linseed oil.

Step 7: Optional Designs

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For one of the stands, I taped off the edge and painted it white. When it was dry, I finished it up with linseed oil. I did not put the oil on the paint since I wasn't sure how it would react and I didn't want it to discolor it. Instead I sealed the white part with a clear acrylic finish.

You could just seal the whole thing with some kind of clear finish but I liked the color the pine took when it was oiled.

Comments

Gofilord (author)2017-10-14

Hi! I made it but I still have many improvements in mind before it's complete.
I wanted to ask: Do you think the front part is really necessary? I mean the one between the phone and you. I think cutting it will not affect the functionality but will reduce a lot of space.


Also, Have you thought about cutting it into a square form-factor? I think it may hold the phone in both orientations just fine as a square.


Thanks for posting this great and simple idea!

silencio3k (author)2015-09-24

Muy buenos!! Gracias!

eshagh.kazemi.9 (author)2015-04-04

nice job,i like it!!

i made a stand like this .

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-11-16

Wow they are gorgeous, very classy looking!

Thank you!

nanchiang15 (author)2014-11-21

cool, i think i will make one for my cell phone, and put on my car's dashboard

KirstieLynn (author)nanchiang152014-11-22

that's a good idea!

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