In the past, the player has ended up dropped in the passenger seat, shoved in the glove box, or even on a lanyard around my neck, all to make sure it's nearby if I need to skip a track or pause it or something. But no more! With just a few minutes work with some sugru, I've got a mount on my dash that exactly conforms to the shape of my mp3 player.
This project should work just as well for a phone, iPod, media player, or whatever electronics you'd like to have within easy reach while driving!
Here's a little demonstration video with making instructions:
Step 1: Testing the Area
It's a good idea to test if the sugru will bond to your dash, as it doesn't form a permanent bond with all materials. I had plenty of other sugru related projects going on, so during one of them I pinched off a piece and stuck it to an inconspicuous part of my car's dashboard. I checked it in a couple of days, and it was pretty hard to remove! I'm glad I did it in an out of sight area, as it left a minor scar in the vinyl after being removed.
You may want to consider that, as if you ever remove this mount it may leave some minor scuff marks on your dashboard! I'm not overly concerned, as my car's 13 years old and not worth that much anyway, but for those of you highfalutin folks with yer fancy new horseless carriages, this may be an issue.
Step 2: Materials and Tools
- 1 packet of sugru
- Your mp3 player (or other electronic device)
- Hot glue gun
- Knife or sharp awl
Step 3: Building the mount
Find a position on the dash you like and open your sugru packet. Split it in half, set one half aside and then split the other into four roughly equal balls. Each ball should go on one corner of the mp3 player, avoiding any ports, buttons, lanyards, etc. Wrap the sugru just over the edge of the player.
Place the mp3 player into position. Taking the rest of the sugru, build up each corner until it rests firmly on the dash. Smooth the edges and press them against the dashboard (see the pictures below).
At this point, once you've smoothed the sugru into a shape you like, you're pretty much done, but there's a problem. The sugru is soft and won't hold in this position with the weight of your mp3 player on it. Remember that hot glue gun? Place a dab of hot glue on each side of the player. Hot glue is usually pretty nice for this sort of thing, it won't adhere too strongly to the dash, but it will last long enough to let the sugru cure. I forgot about this part, but luckily a friend showed up just as I was trying to figure a way to balance a cardboard box under the player long enough to get my glue gun.
Step 4: Remove the mp3 Player
Once I was done, I had to clean up the player a bit where the sugru had stuck to it, but it wasn't so bad. The final result looks a little weird when you don't have the device in place, but it looks fine otherwise!
Step 5: Final Thoughts
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