Introduction: Wooden Phone Charging Cradle
I could shop online or in person for a cradle for my phone, but I really didn't. Instead I designed and build one myself out of wood. That's always easier, right?
Step 1: Design
I chose to make this in three layers, which you can see laid out here on Draftsight [CAD file—DXF]. The yellow represents the middle piece of wood, and the red and white layers sandwitch the micro USB connector inside. Finally, the phone plugs into the top for a secure and convenient storage cradle.
Step 2: Wood!
Wood was provided by the pallet that the router itself came on. I'm sure I'm not the first person to recycle a machine's packaging like this. Each layer was 3/4" thick
Step 3: Cut Wood
The design was cut out automatically with a CNC router. This step could be done with a laser or even hand tools if that's what you have to work with.
Step 4: File, Glue, and Clamp
After quite a bit of filing, I inserted the cable into my phone, then hot glued the connector in place, using the phone as a sort of template. Make sure you have any cover you'll be using on it when glued, as this process will accommodate for it. Also, note that you should use a small spacer here between the phone and the cradle, so that the connector sits slightly higher than flush.
After the hot glue cooled, I used wood glue to attach the outer layers of wood to the inner portion, clamping everything together while it dried.
Step 5: Stain
Sand a bit more, then apply stain and urethane as desired.
Step 6: Enjoy
Plug your USB cable in and charge! Now you don't have to turn your cable over four times to get it to plug in, and can charge away happily.