I wanted this to be a sturdy, clean make, I only wanted whole disks to be used and no glue.
For this make you will need
- 4 floppy disks
- 8 cable ties
- Drill and 3 or 4mm drill bit
- sticky tack/bluetack
- sharp knife
Step 1: Setting Up and Marking Out
Generally I try to hide the existing labels because they are a swine to remove and I don't have spares to overlay. I kind of like the handwritten labels (although in this make I'm using a disk with 'bereavement leaflet' written on it which is not so cool).
Laying out the side pieces, offer up the long edge of the base piece across the short width of the side piece. The difference between the lengths gives a really good indication of the best angle for the base. Line it up so the edges of the base floppy lines up with the edges of the side piece and trace a line with a pen.
Do this for the other side piece, ensuring the marked line is a mirror image of the first piece.
Step 2: Pre-assembly
Now sticky tack the back piece into position, I have tried to put it just behind the sliding metal cover of the base piece at right angles to it (although the actual angle depends on what angle you want your phone at)
Fix the second side piece into position with sticky tack. Frankly you could stop here, if you wanted, because this is strong enough to hold most phones and if it isn't then add more sticky tack!
I wanted something more secure however so... onwards!
Step 3: Marking Up for Drilling
Each of the side pieces will need 3 new holes
the back piece will need four new holes as will the base piece
refer to photo with four disks for exact positions
Step 4: The Base Piece
again using the knife carefully split the casing and remove the inner disc. It is possible to do this without breaking the casing just by gently prising it apart.
snap the sliding gate back into place and reinsert the spring, which is not essential but its a nice touch. The gate should slide easily to and fro, with the spring it should snap easily back into position.
We have removed the inner disc so that we can feed a charging/docking cable through the gates hole.
Step 5: Assembly
Once you are happy with the positions of all the pieces, start tightening the cable ties. Cable ties are excellent for this because they are easily positioned and adjusted whilst tightening
Step 6: The Finished Article
I'd be interested to see how this works with base charging phones like the iphone, but I don't have one so if anyone makes this for theirs, do let me know how it turns out.