I had been debating creating some kind of dock for my Iphone to sit on for quite some time. This desire coupled with the first week of my summer holidays has led me to create the Steampunk Iphone Dock.
Before we get started I just want to point out that this project can be made from anything, old cans, bottles etc. So have a hunt around your home before you start, grab as much junk as you can find so that you have an idea of the kind of shapes you need to work with.
Next its a great idea to understand the Steampunk style and that in essence what you will be making needs to look like a steam powered machine. Therefore I began by googling steam engines etc and identified an array of various parts I could use in my design. Typically you will see valves, pipes, gauges, tanks, whistles and governors all wrapped up together with rivets and sometimes even wood (wood was typically used to provide insulation to hot parts like boilers). When you have an idea of the kind of stuff you want on your dock and you have identified all of the materials available to you, you really need to take the time to draw up some ideas and take it from there. I ended up toning down my idea as I thought the paper sketch would look too complex for the docks size.
Step 1: The Base
You need to decide on a suitable base. As all of my junk is pretty much scrap wood I went with that. I would suggest you do the same as it makes cutting and shaping quite easy. Mark out the approximate size (mine was 150mm in length) and cut it down. I then drew around a coin to give myself a radius for each corner and sanded these down on my disc sander. As I want my boiler to smoke the best way I could think of to do this would be to use incense cones making my dock a sneaky incense burner as well :) It would be nice if there were a place to store the cones so Ive marked out a drawer.
Using a scroll saw or coping saw cut the draw out.