Wall-Mounted Charging Station

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Introduction: Wall-Mounted Charging Station

Are electronic gadgets taking up your work space, and hogging your power outlets?

This wall-mounted charging station takes care of cord clutter, while keeping your countertop free of smartphones, e-readers, cameras, etc. It can be made in an afternoon from a single 6' length of 1x6 board.

The keyhole-shaped grooves help hold your various charging connectors in place, and Velcro straps keep the cables tidy.

Step 1: Gather Parts and Materials

- 6' length of 1/2" x 6" lumber. Note: 1/2 x 6 is the "nominal" size; the actual measurements of the board will be 7/16" x 5-1/2". Select a straight piece with no cups or bends, and no large knots. I chose hemlock. Pine, fir, or cedar would be fine alternatives.

- wall-mounted power strip. I like the Tripp Lite PS2408, which has eight outlets and a long (15') cord. It comes with two mounting clips that make it a snap to attach to any wall.

- 5 or 6 hook-and-loop ties. I used Velcro reusable self-gripping cable ties, 0.5 inches x 8 inches.

- other stuff: carpenter glue, 1-1/4" finishing nails, 2 wall-mounting screws with sheetrock anchors, 4 small panhead woodscrews for cable ties.

Step 2: ​Cut Top, Back, and Brackets

Using the diagram as a reference, cut the various pieces:

a. Rip the board to desired width. In my case, I had a nicely-edged piece of hemlock so I just left it as it was at 5-7/16".

b. Cross-cut the board to a length of 30". This will be the top of the charging station.

c. In the remainder of the board, saw a 45-degree cut, then a cross-cut, to make the brackets.

d. Rip the remaining part of the board to 4-1/2".

e. Cross-cut to a length of 20". This will be the back of the charging station.

Step 3: ​Sand All Surfaces

Use coarse (100-grit) sandpaper to smooth all surfaces, then repeat with fine (220-grit).

Now test-assemble the charging station, and note which edges will be the "outside edges." Slightly round or chamfer those edges using a sanding block.

Tip: Don't round the edges that will be joined; leave them "sharp." Likewise with the edges that will be against the wall. This makes for tighter-looking joinery.

Step 4: ​Cut Cable Channels Into the Top

The key-hole grooves in the top help keep your charging connectors in place after they're threaded up from the power strip below.

To shape the key-holes, drill a series of holes with a 1-1/2" spade bit. (Place a piece of backing wood on the underside to avoid tear-out.)

Then cut the slots leading up to the holes, using a tablesaw or circular saw.

See diagram for spacing of holes.

Step 5: ​Drill Mounting Holes

Use a countersink bit to drill two holes for wall-mounting screws in the back piece.

No countersink bit? Use a combination of a small spade bit and a screw-thread-sized drill bit. The through-holes should be large enough for you to snugly push the mounting screws through. The countersink should be large enough for the screw panheads, or a small washer if you go that route.

Step 6: ​Assemble

Glue the brackets to the back, and secure with 1-1/4" finishing nails.

Glue and nail the top to the back and brackets.

You don't need many nails; just enough to hold the wood together until the glue sets.

Sink all nails with a nail set.

Step 7: ​Fill and Stain

Apply wood filler to nail holes.

Tip: lightly wipe the surface with a damp paper towel after smoothing the wood filler. You want to remove as much excess wood filler as possible, otherwise it affects the stain.

Then wipe on a stain. I used a MinWax Jacobean stain. Let dry.

Tip: to apply stain, put on a latex glove, then wrap a cloth around your hand. Tape the cloth with masking tape. Then just dip into the stain and rub it into the wood. Makes for quick and easy clean-up.

Step 8: ​Attach Cable Ties

Attach a series of Velcro cable ties to the back of the charging station, using small panhead wood screws.

Step 9: ​Mount to Wall

Hold the charging station level, and tap in the mounting screws just enough to mark the wall. Attach your sheetrock anchors accordingly, and screw the charging station to the wall.

Install your power strip using the included mounting clips.

Step 10: ​Charge Away!

You may want to vary the dimensions of this Instructable for whatever size power strip you prefer.

As you can see in the photo, I added a second power strip below the first one, because, you know, outlets.

I've found the charging station is convenient for keeping electronic gadgets and wires out of the way. And it helps you reclaim your counter as usable work space!

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That is just cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Functionality and style; fabulously done. [tipping my hat]

I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you!

Very nice. I might have to do this myself for 2 devices. One addition I would make would be adding a nub of some sort on both sides of the cable channels to assist in holding the devices vertical and preventing them from sliding off.

Yes, that may be a desirable added touch. Perhaps some kind of a small wooden ridge, or even a stick-on ribbon of textured tape would help the devices grip to the top surface.

I like this charging station a lot! We've needed one at my house for a long time, and this is a style I may actually duplicate. Thank you!

Thanks!! Good luck with it and do let me know if any of the steps aren't clear.

Thanks!

We have found that multi-port chargers work the best, in fact this 5-port multi charger http://tinyurl.com/nvcub74 develops 2.4A per port and is the most popular charging device in our household. It works great with multi-color 8" micro USB cables from China / EBay (I tend to buy all 10 colors as they are only 90c/ea and they get lost / wear out - http://tinyurl.com/o9sf82w) We also use a number of Chinese 2-port apple-style white wall-cube power blocks - 2.1A + 1A. I use a black magic marker to mark the topside of each USB cable so I never have orientation problems - FAR cheaper and simpler than Steve Jobs's idiotic lightning adapter idea!

Looks like a good unit, and the price is right at 12 bucks!

As far as marking the topside of USB cables... GENIUS. Why didn't I think of that?! Thanks!