I noticed recently that my DVD drive wasn’t getting much love, but my iPod Nano was getting loads of use and needs charging all the time. An idea came to me suddenly one day that I should put the two together and make a simple dock for my iPod from my DVD drive and some materials I have lying around the place.
Credits for this go to the guys over at thepcreport.net where the original guide can be found
It doesn’t look the best, but at least it’s really cheap to make. Here’s how you can make it:
- An old DVD or CD that you don’t mind cutting up
- The plastic iPod docker that came with your iPod
- iPod charging/transfer cable
- The iPod iteslf
- Knife/scissors/pliers for cutting DVD
- Sandpaper for sharp edges
- Permanent marker
- Blu-tack or similar adhesive
- Oh, and your DVD drive (laptop DVD drives won’t work unfortunately; neither slot-loading drives)
Step 1: Prepare
Collect materials in a clean work space. You might make a mess cutting the DVD so make some room
Draw, on the shiny side of the DVD, a rough outline of the underside of the iPod dock. You only need some of the plastic coming through the other side of the DVD, so take a look at the above pic for an idea of what to draw.
You may not get it right the first time, this is understandable and you can easily make adjustments when you get to the cutting process