Wooden IPod Dock W/ Speaker

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Introduction: Wooden IPod Dock W/ Speaker

Okay, This is my first instructable.
Today, i will show you how to do a wooden ipod (Touch but can be other) dock.

So let's go!


P.S All Comment Are Welcome!

Step 1: Materials

Okay, This is what your need to do this dock:

1. Box (i use a VERY soft wooden one).
2. Speaker (i use USB one and i have keep only one speaker.
3. iPod Computer cable.
4. iPod Dock Adapter.
5. X-Acto Knife
6. Hot Glue Gun and Glue
7. iPod
8. Time and Patience.

Step 2: Modifying the Dock Adapter.

Okay, you have all the material? So Let's start by modifying the dock adapter.

1. remove the little plastic clip ( easy with small plier)
2. cut a hole for the 3.5 MM jack with an X-Acto kinfe.

Let's go to the next step; cutting the box.

Step 3: Cutting the Box

Okay, so now, cut the box! I use a VERY soft wood so i can cut it with an X-Acto Knife.

1. Take your X-Acto and put the dock adapter on the box then just do a line in the wood,do not cut it now.
2. If you are satified of your drawing , cut the box.
3. Do an big hole for the volume control and Headphone jack.
4. Do An hole for the wires.

Step 4: Finish

Finish your dock by glue everything in the box.

Step 5: Hope You Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy my very first instructable. Post your own creation.

I will try to upgrade it. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

Step 6: Pimp My Dock

Okay, post a your suggestion for Pimping This Dock.



Did someone know how to do sound reactive L.E.D? I see somewhere it need a audio amplifier (LM386 AUDIO AMPLIFIER).

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    Listening to Green Day on my iPod -> Finds Green Day on iPod dock. Whatever this means, I think it's good.

    generally the speakers dont have a voltage rating... they will have a wattage and an Ohm rating... the amplifier will have a voltage rating... but hey some things may be different

    if you want some sound reactive leds you will need a transistor a led a capacitor (any size idk what you need) maybe a resistor... for each signal you want. Then follow the diagram that is included. So use a NPN transistor, a resistor if needed, a led or more, wire, and a capacitor, and anything else you would need. .... tell me if it works!

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    if you drilled a hole in the wood before it was a box then you can use a bandsaw to cut the hole for the ipod and the volume (also before it was a box obviously) Hope that helps people who have those items

    on some old computer speaker. Sorry if I reply lately, it's because i am moving in France

    thanks, but how much voltage is the power can i use 12volts battery??

    Some speaker are 12 V but the one i used where USB powered, so it was 5V. Look on your speaker for the voltage

    Sound reactive L.E.D.

    I don't know why they put the LM340 voltage regulator there, they didn't even use it properly. Just pretend it isn't there and the two wires that connect to it are connected together.

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    Thank you very much. I will take a look at this.

    On Some old computer speaker. Sorry if i reply lately, i am moving in France.

    Okay. I lost the dock adapter that came with my 2nd gen nano. Where can I get a new one (cheaply)? Apple is selling them for AUD$13

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    I saw some adapters at Myer, David Jones and JB Hifi for $5 AUD. Pretty Cheap.

    Thanks, I'll check them out.

    yea just check the bargain bins because nobody really buys them.

    did ya know. Insead of having a headphone jack you could wire into the dock connector and use the audio lines from that. Same way the iPhone dock works and all other ipod docks. But great instructable