Introduction: Smart Station

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The "Smart Station" is a "Station" that charges iPhone and Andriod phones while keeping the chargers protected from people walking off with them. This can be placed in your household, Workplace, Classroom, etc. It also offers some security for your phone while it is being charged. This prototype is designed with two bays but can easily be adapted for multiple ones.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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1- 12" x 48" x 1" pine shelving

1- Power cable

1- Old Iphone charger(30 pin to USB cable) http://store.apple.com/us/product/MA591G/C/apple-3...

1- New Iphone charger(Lightning to USB Cable) http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD818ZM/A/lightn...

1- Andriod Charger(Micro USB) http://www.amazon.com/Andru-Android-Robot-Travel-C...

1- Clear acrylic piece(Or Plexiglas) 10 1/2 x 7 12/16

Links on where to purchase the chargers are in the links above. You can also find them cheaper at local convenience stores.

*Other materials that are needed

-Drill

-Table Saw

-Nail gun(or screws)

-Screws

Step 2: Cutting the Wood

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Starting off with the 12ftx4ft pine shelving, label and cut the other measurements with a table saw.

Measurements

12x12(1)-The bottom of the station.

3x12(2)-The front and back of the station.

3x10(2)-The two sides of the station.

2 1/4x7(1)-Dividing piece between the two sides that hold the phones.

2 1/4x10(1)-Dividing piece between the Power cord and the phones.

4x12(1)-The top piece protecting the power cord and the chargers.

Step 3: Assembling

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Once you finish cutting the wood, it is time to assemble the Smart Station.

First, take the two side pieces (3x10) and cut a channel 1/2 an inch from the top(using a table saw or router). This is for the clear acrylic to later on slide into place. The channel should be the same size as the thickness of the acrylic you are using (In my case 4/16ths of an inch).

When I finished cutting the wood, I took all the pieces and I placed them to where they fit in according to my sketches.

12x12(1)-The bottom of the station.
3x12(2)-The front and back of the station.

3x10(2)-The two sides of the station.

2 1/4x7(1)-Dividing piece between the two sides that hold the phones.

2 1/4x10(1)-Dividing piece between the Power cord and the phones.

4x12(1)-The top piece protecting the power cord and the chargers.

Once you placed all the pieces in the correct places began to tack the pieces together using a nail gun or screws.

If you use screws I would recommend drilling pilot holes into the wood because pine is a softer wood and you don't want the wood to split.

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

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Once the station is finished being assembled, now its time to drill the hole.

For the first hole, drill an inch and a half hole on the side of the power chamber(the side that holds the power strip).

-Really anywhere works, but it looks best when it is centered.

For the second and third hole, drill a hole in each bay(5/8")

-Again try and center it

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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Once the holes are finished being drilled, now its time to start plugging in the power cords.

Once everything is plugged in and put through the correct holes(One side is for iPhone, Other is for Android) then it is time to put the top on.

Put four screws into each corner of the 4x12 top to the Smart station.

Now slide in Plexiglas.

The prototype pictured here is not finished, it can be finished with either wood stain and polyurethane, or spray paint.

Please leave you comments so i can improve on my design, thanks!

Comments

tytower (author)2014-11-07

So what stops someone walking off with the lot then?

Csoutter5 (author)tytower2014-11-07

Wouldn't it be noticeable if someone walked off with a big box in there hand? Opposed to someone slipping a phone or charger cord into their pocket?

smh -_-

paulell6 (author)Csoutter52014-11-08

Their hand****

iambiggerthanu (author)2014-11-03

I wish my school had this, my phone dies like all the time...

Csoutter5 (author)iambiggerthanu2014-11-03

Thats actually what inspired me to make this, hahaha.

soutterhannah (author)2014-11-02

Great idea!

Jeffd663 (author)2014-11-02

WOW THIS IS SO COOL I AM GOING TO MAKE ONE!

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