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Wooden Comfy Chair iPhone Dock

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My phone works hard for me. It takes pictures, gets me pictures of what my friends are eating, twitterates, and sometimes even makes a phone call. So I figured that it deserved a nice comfy spot to sit in when it was on my desk. It was certainly better than just tossing it on a pile of tools like I usually did.

 
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Step 1: Materials

OK, let's make this thing! Here's what I used

 - 1/4" plywood (just a couple square feet)
 - 1/4" neodymium magnets
 - Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue
 - Gorilla Glue
 - stain
 - clamps
 - sandpaper
 - USB charging cable

The pieces were cut out with a laser cutter, but the same thing can be done by hand as well. 

Step 2: Cut the pieces

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Like I wrote in the last step, these pieces were cut with a laser cutter so it was quick and precise. Just use the attached files and you're good to go.

If you don't have a laser cutter, which you probably don't, you can use one at a local TechShop, or get them cut at Ponoko.

Barring that, you can always do it by hand as well. Yes, it will take a lot longer, but it's an option.

Step 3: Glue!

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Now is the time for lots and lots of Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue and clamping. You can glue the pieces together a few pieces at a time or go for it all at once, it's your choice. 

In this chair, I used this arrangement for each half:

Left Side:
 - 2 arm pieces
 - 4 regular seat pieces
 - 1 notched seat
 - 1 notched seat w/ holes for magnets

Right Side:
 - middle piece (in 2 parts)
 - 2 notched seat pieces
 - 4 regular seat pieces
 - 2 arm pieces
I like it ?
Jonzy---13065 months ago
Hey pls could make a file for the I Pad mini aswell I can't do it myself!
raydanial11 months ago
I like the way u do the vhair
So do you have the files for an iPhone 5 charger, or do you have to make those yourself? If so, would it be difficult?
fungus amungus (author)  Mythbuster4251 year ago
This should work as is for an iPhone 5 as well. You can replace some of the seat pieces with the cutout for the connector with pieces that don't have cuts if you want.
CandyLV1 year ago
I'm thinking for wood challenged people like me,.......cardboard! I could use a pattern and a boxcutter :)
devalpha_11 year ago
Great idea applicable for many requirements. Thanks.
Jayefuu1 year ago
Clever cord solution. You guys definitely need a bead blaster to get rid of that horrible charred edge though! It's much easier/more effective than sand paper.
abente Jayefuu1 year ago
Great idea on the bead blaster. I've been considering adding a nose cone to my laser to decrease the charring, but I like the idea of adding another tool to my collection!
Jayefuu abente1 year ago
Definitely go for the nose cone. I had one on a previous laser cutter and it was amazing the difference with/without. I'm amazed they don't come as standard on the Epilog laser cutters.
abente1 year ago
Nothing like a comfy chair for your phone! I can't wait to cut one for myself. Thanks for providing the EPS.
Maybe an Ottoman for your headphones?;-)
joshmt20121 year ago
you should build a couch one that holds your phone sideways to charge
or two phones side by side:)
DoctorDv1 year ago
Our phones deserve the same comfort that we get! Awesome project!

-Doctordv
fungus amungus (author)  DoctorDv1 year ago
Thank you, my phone is now quite relaxed
That is so cute. Great job. :)
fungus amungus (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
Thank you!
viraj19261 year ago
ya its truely very nice
very nice ;)
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