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Electronic Accessory Charging Dock

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The problem: I hate wire clutter. With the batteries I need to charge on all my electronics (cell phone, Bluetooth headset, AA batteries, MP3 player, etc.), my power strip and desk get cluttered quite easily. I wanted a solution to this and I have it.

I created a dock for all my chargeables. It's basically a wooden box with a power strip inside and little holes in the top to let the charging interfaces through. A fairly simple build, if you have all the right tools.
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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Just a friendly reminder: Always know the proper use of any of your equipment - read any manuals and take all safety precautions. Safety glasses are recommended in just about any endeavor including tools, so if you think you need them, WEAR THEM. I am not responsible if you hurt yourself attempting this mod and I hope you don't.

Tools:
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill Press
  • 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" Forstner bits
  • 1/4" chisel
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nail gun
  • 3/4" brad nails
  • Wire cutters or scissors

Materials
  • 1/4" plywood (I think I used a sheet about 26" x 20", but yours will depend on the size you want)
  • 1/4" rubber grommets
  • 2x 2" hinges
  • Draw catch
  • Power strip (really any kind will do, but the one I used is an unusual one)

Step 2: Measurements

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Now it's time to figure out how big your box needs to be. I plugged all the accessories I thought I would ever have plugged in at once(ish) so that the maximum space would be occupied. Then I took rough measurements of the size I needed. Mine ended up being about 11" x 8" x 4".

Again, I'm using a rather irregularly shaped power strip for this. My dad got it from work and I doubt it was made within the last ten years. The most typical kinds, the long and skinny ones, will obviously have different measurements.
mikolynn2 years ago
Why do you use this screws covered with this ugly foam?
You can easily find a bold and nut with the exact measures...
frazeeg (author)  mikolynn2 years ago
I used the screws because that's what came with the hardware. Yes, you could use properly-sized nuts and bolts. Did I? No.
;) This is the DIY spirit! Do it with what you got and don't buy anything if you can do it with that.
akash.rao4 years ago
 dosent it like all get heated up ????
thdewey5 years ago
Nice! But I would add some vent holes in the back. Not for the equipment life but yours! There is a remote chance that enough heat could build up in the wooden box could cause a fire. Also, for the top, how about a raised wood bar, say 3/4" above the box that would cover the holes (or lengthen the holes into a slot)? Then the cords would kind of disappear.
Good , but it will take More space than Out Side. Think in my home There is two Same Mobile , & I have only one charger for two mobile Than , my plan to go out than which charger i can bring with us , I have only one charger & Two same mobile , I will Bring one mobile , I will left one mobile at home , Do you have any iDea ? What I Need to DO ?
spideyusa6 years ago
How does not having much ventilation effect the life of the transformers powering the chargers?
frazeeg (author)  spideyusa6 years ago
Either it doesn't affect the transformers or I haven't had this running long enough to notice. Well, let me put i this way. I've had my laptop charging brick running basically 24/7 for about a year and a half now (not inside this charging dock, however) and it still works. I'm pretty sure there won't be much difference between ventilated and unventilated, unless you have something that outputs A LOT of heat. Cell phone and personal device chargers I'm sure don't output anywhere enough heat.
jongscx7 years ago
ugh... someone beat me to a gadget dock... again... nice work!
I made one too. I just bought the case from Harbor Freight tools though.