What led up to this project was a long history of acquiring little devices that really want to be plugged into a charger ever now and then. First it was cell phones, then mp3 players, then book readers, and on and on and on. Like most people, we had a drawer filled with chargers, and when something needed charging we laid it on the counter and plugged it in.
That seemed to work fine until we added an iPod touch to the collection, and then a Kindle Fire. Suddenly the counter was finding itself filled with gadgets and wires were going everywhere. Several years ago I built a small charging station that I use in the bedroom, but it would only accommodate one cell phone, a camera battery charger, and an electric razor. The size of the Kindle Fire was what finally made me realize that we needed a new charging station, and for convenience it would be nice if it could fit inconspicuously in the kitchen. That's what led to the breadbox....
Step 1: Materials & Tools Required
In addition to the breadbox I used a small amount of scrap plywood & lumber, wood screws, a power strip, one rubber grommet, about 1.5 square feet of vinyl (leftover from a previous project), and some spray adhesive.
The tools required were simple: a drill & bit for drilling a hole for the rubber grommet, a screwdriver, wire cutters, soldering iron and solder, heat shrink tubing, and electrical tape.
Step 2: Build the Shelf
Step 3: Prepare the Breadbox
I then hot glued the power strip to the breadbox, although fastening it was probably not necessary.
In the 2nd photo you will see two small wood cleats that I glued inside the breadbox. These cleats keep the shelf centered, otherwise it could be pushed to one side or the other and interfere with the tilting door.
Step 4: Cover the Shelf & Plug Stuff In
Next, I plugged in the four chargers I needed.
Step 5: Done!
This was an easy project and only took about an hour and a half to complete.