Step 1: Materials
- wood chisel;
- bench vise;
- masking tape;
- water based varnish.
Step 2: Begin
Cut approximately the depth that you think might be enough to prop up your phone. Don't worry, if you don't cut deep enough you can always fix it later. ;)
* if you have any tool that allows you to hold the wood while you cut it, use it!!! I had nothing that went well, and it was an inconvenience to take the wood still while I cut.
Step 3: Cut, Cut, Cut!
Step 4: Almost Finished!
Secure the wood in the vise and with a couple of light hammered stuck the chisel in the wood. Remove it from the vice, place on a hard surface and with a few more shots pop off the wood. If the wood is good should pop off in one piece.
Step 5: Finishing
I wanted it to look rustic so I left the bark. I just sanded a little the sides and made shiny with varnish. However, if desired, you could also remove the bark, sanded, and finished with an oil or an enamel specifically for wood.
Another thing you could do is add legs to the base and make a hole to pass the wire of the phone charger so you can charge your phone while it is resting.