Introduction: Adjusting Phone Holder

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What inspired me?

Now, this projects wasn’t much as a planned project, but something to do in half an hour while I waited for someone. It was just an idea that later led to a cool idea. I make a lot of projects with a scissor lift like structure. I think this adjustable nature just makes any design cool. However, as I mentioned, I just wanted to test an idea. So, keep your eyes out for another updated version soon. This is how I made my adjustable phone stand.

What will you need?

-I used two different pieces of woof for this project, but because they were scraps, im not entirely sure on the exact type. I used a length that was 2m by 18mm by 90mm. You will only need 380mm of this wood.

-I also used a length of 30mm by 20 by 2m but I only used about 400mm of this


-Saw of some kind. I used a jig saw with a wood working blade

-Counter sink tool

-4x 25mm wood screws and a 4mm drill bit

-5mm drill bit

-3x M5 nuts and bolts

Step 1: Step 1 - Marking Out the Wood

First, place your long piece of wood (with a width of 90m) down and begin to mark on the three pieces. I used a tri square so I knew each piece was 90 degrees, this made it look a lot better and made it fit together a lot easier. I used the ruler to mark out one piece that was 20mm by 90mm. The next two pieces were both 180mm by 90mm.

I also wanted to mark out the other length of wood. I marked out two lengths of 170mm and two pieces that were 30mm.

Step 2: Step 2 - Cutting

Using the jig saw, I cut these three pieces out. During the cutting process of all pieces, I made sure to hold the piece I was cutting so that it wouldn’t just drop to the floor once I had cut all the way through. This can lead to splintering of the wood and an uneven surface.

I also used the jig saw to cut all four of the other strips if wood, completing the same process as before, making sure to hold the piece I wished to cut to ensure no damage occurred on the surface.

Step 3: Step 3 - Drilling

Once all of the cutting was done, I then chose to complete the drilling. This was a very easy step as I only used two drill bits. I marked the centre on both of the larger pieces using the x method, then used a 4mm drill bit to drill this hole. I then used a 5mm drill bit to drill holes in the arms of the design. I made each hole 15mm from the ends on all of the four pieces. The two 170mm arms need two holes whilst the 30mm arms only one. I also clamped the smallest 90mm length (90mm by 20mm) at the bottom of the 180mm by 90mm piece and marked on the centre line and 20mm from the edges, using the 4mm drill bit I drilled two holes and I finished the holes by counter sinking them by around 3mm. I then fired two 25mm screws through it.

Step 4: Step 4 - Sanding

The next step was to sand each piece. This was a very time consuming process and took my around half an hour to sand each piece. I used the orbital sander and a file to get some rounded edges on the wood as I didn’t want any sharp edges. I made sure to run over what will soon be the arms of the product. I wanted these to be ever so slightly rounded to make the product look softer and less sharp.

Step 5: Step 5 - Assembly

I now had to put the product together. I first fired a screw into the base into one of the 30mm lengths using a 25mm screw. I did the same with the top piece (phone bed) and then connected an arm to the base with a nut and bolt. Once this was tight enough, I then connected this to the other arm with an M5 nut and bolt. I then connected this to the top phone bed and made sure it was as tight as it would go before the wood cracked.

Step 6: Finished

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