I decided to make this car dock for all those drivers out there who are far too attentive and safe. So if you have your will in order and have made peace with God, all that is left for you to do is build this project.
Disclaimer: I don't suggest you use this as previously stated and would hope you give your full attention to road safety and driving. In fact, don't make this car mount... unless of course you have a self-driving robotic car. And if you have designed and built this car yourself, please send me a link to your ible.
Step 1: Coming Up With a Plan
First, measure the length of the device. That can be the overall length of your mount. Then measure the width. I would use a slighty smaller amount for the width of your mount. That way, the mount will hold your device tighter and more securely. Last, measure the thickness of your device. This is where you can leave some play. I made mine fit rather snug because my iPod is the only device that I plan on putting in there. Although my wife has an iPhone, this dock is going in my work truck. And the phone the company provides has no video capabilities. In fact, I think my phone is called the Alexander Graham Bell addition. Anyway, these are the measurements for holding my iPod.
All the wood I used was 3/4in pine, but I ripped it down to 1/2in thick. The dotted line on the top piece shows where you cut the wood down to 1/4in thick (below the dotted line). And the lines on that same part show where you need to cut small grooves for the screws. The lower piece is just a block of wood with a large section in the middle cut down to 1/4in thick (between dotted lines). The small part on the right you'll need to cut four of. They are 1in wide in my design.
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
The best solution to the problem is to find a carpenter with both his/her thumbs and have them show you how to do it safely. You will be working with small pieces. And the smaller the pieces, the better chance for one to lose one's digits. If you don't have the proper knowhow or access to the proper tools, you can use a handsaw. This of course takes more time and requires more patience. I don't know how you'd cut the grooves without a Dremel. Perhaps a sharp wood chisel or multi stabs in a drill press would do the trick.
Step 3: Assemble
Step 4: Mount to Auto
The picture shows the basic assembly of the mounting plate. The carriage bolt goes through the back plate between the grooves. It then has a nut on both sides of the plate to hold it in place.
Step 5: Done
Please feel free to write comments or questions. Both are welcome.