Feel free to modify the design to fit your particular phone or car.
So, I bought a Galaxy Note recently. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Note, but in short, it is a Really Big Phone. Soon after, I bought it a sweet sweet wallet case, and it became Even Bigger. (Bigger, yet awesome, and now capable of holding my credit cards!)
This caused a bit of a problem in situations where I was used to having a more “standard-size” phone. Particularly, this became an issue while driving, as the phone no longer fit into the convenient cubbie in my car. I considered buying a car mount, but they were all slightly less than ideal in a number of ways, and to top it all off, would require me to take my phone in and out of its awesome wallet case multiple times per day. Oh, what’s a hacker to do?
Why, BUILD HER OWN CUSTOM CAR MOUNT, of course!
This device is intended to snugly fit a Galaxy Note phone in a Spigen wallet case. The back of the mount is custom-designed to fit in an empty compartment in my Hyundai Accent, and can be changed to fit whatever location you'd like. This design also features a hinge to enable the user to point the phone at either the driver or passenger, for radio or map usage.
This particular design is easiest to build with a laser cutter, but a jigsaw or other cutting apparatus would likely work just fine.
I recommend reading through the instructions before making any cuts to your material. Many parts of the design are variable and depend on your specific materials and setup.
Step 1: Pieces You Will Be Making
V-shaped items show on either side of the backpiece are the prongs that pressure-fit into the cubbie in your car. They fit snugly into the vertical slots in the acrylic rectangle. (The acrylic rectangle is designed to fit inside a cubbie under the radio in my Hyundai Accent. You will likely need to re-size this piece to fit your particular car.)
J-shaped pieces stack on top of one another (later reinforced with glue and wood screws), and adhere to the bottom sides of the backpiece to provide support for the phone itself.
Note the two acrylic rounded rectangles at the center bottom. These were later changed to wood for aesthetic reasons.
Step 2: Requirements
Required materials: wood or acrylic of your choice.
Step 3: Cut Pieces Specified in Cad Design Out in the Material of Your Choice
Step 4: Assemble the Plastic Mount
The prongs and hinge should fit snugly into the car_back, and can be held in place with SciGrip Acrylic Glue (16). On the opposing side of the car_back, glue the hinge snugly into place. (Note: I set the holes in my car_back off to the side to provide access to my car's volume controls. You may not need to do this, and may prefer to cut these holes in the certer of the car_back.)
Step 5: Assemble the Wooden Seat
Step 6: Attach the Rest of the Hinge
Step 7: Reinforce the Wood
Step 8: Finishing Touches
I added mahogany wood stain, to make my scheisty wood look a bit more like nice wood. I also considered laser-cutting sweet designs into the wood. You should! It would look awesome.