A GPS mount made from PVC pipe fittings to fit the cup holder in your car. The prices of GPS units have drastically come down this year. So I bought a Tom Tom One 125 from Fry's Electronics. Next thing I learned, in California, its illegal to mount one on the windshield!
After searching the Web, I found a type of mount that can be used in the cup holder of your car. They cost about $20 buck for such a piece of plastic. Thats when I decided to try and make my own.
This is an ideal project for those with tools, as most Makers do anyway. With just a few tools and a bench, you can fix and make things that can save you money.
Step 1: PVC pipe components
Three inch PVC pipe is a little wobbly in the holder, however, a 3 inch pipe cap is just the right diameter.
Parts you will need:
1 piece of 3 inch PVC pipe, 2-7/8 inch long.
Two 3 inch PVC pipe caps.
One 1/4-20 flat head bolt about 1-1/2 long.
One 1/4 inch nut and washer.
3 inch disc, 3/8 thick made from plywood, plastic other material. The self-adhesive pad that comes with the GPS is attached to this disc. If you can find a PVC pipe cap that is flat on top, the disc is not needed. Mine was curved and needed a flat surface.
Hack saw to cut the pipe.
3-1/8 inch hole saw.
1/4-20 tap and #21 drill bit.
file to remove flash and sharp edges or sandpaper.
Drill press, if you own one.