I have been wanting to make a phone holder for a while now, but I haven't had much time with tennis and school and life. So every night I think about how I am going to make a really nice phone holder really fast. This is what I came up with.
Great pun I came up with: If you can't stand waiting for you knight in shining armor, then build this night stand.
Step 1: Materials/Tools
- 3d printing filament
- Charging cable
- Danish oil
- paper/shop towel
- Double sided tape
- Table saw
- Chop saw
- 3d printer
- 1' Forstner bit
- Drill press
Step 2: 3d Print
You can find my 3d model on thingiverse. 3d print it at 30% infill, and .2 mm layer thickness. You will likely not be able to use my file because your charger is probably different, and it is designed for a samsung GS7 with a SPIGEN phone case
After 3d printing, sand the surface which will be exposed. Prime and paint if you don't like the way it looks sanded.
Step 3: Cut the Base
The base is a simple laser cut box made with boxdesigner, insert the dimensions you want (3.6*4.4*10 is what I used) and download the pdf. If you want to be able to open the box, draw in a square on the panel that will end up being the top. I was thinking about not making it a box, and simply a platform.
Step 4: Assemble Base
Sand all the sides of all the plywood. Then apply glue to the finger joints and assemble the base box. Chamfer the edges of the rectangle cut out of the box that is to be the lid. Also, cut holes in the top and side to bring the cable through.
Step 5: Cut Wood & Finish
- Using a jointer, make 2 edges of the wood flat
- Depending on length, cross cut it to the length
- Rip to width
- cut into lid and phone holder
- Using a Forstner bit, remove as much wood as possible for the channel that the 3d printed part will go in.
- Drill a hole through the center of the slot made in step 5 for the cable to go through.
- Using some sort of oil or finish, finish the wood so it looks good, I used Danish oil.
Step 6: Assemble
- Glue the phone holder in place.
- Stuff paper towel in the box and apply double sided tape to the rectangle cut out of the box, lay the rectangle on the paper towel coming out of the hole. Push the nice piece of wood onto the double sided tape on the rectangle to it lines up well.
- Drill a hole or two in the side of the phone holder and the slot it goes in so that the phone holder won't come out. Put the phone holder in, then the nails, and you're done!
Step 7: The End
I hope you learned something about quick and simple woodworking. I sure did! I have used the nightstand twice so far and it is awesome. I am really satisfied with how it urned out. Vote for me if you liked it, and comment your thoughts.