Introduction: Android Tablet Desktop Dock (Nexus 7)
So many of your have been waiting for Google to release a dock for your shiny new Nexus 7 tablet. Making one yourself can be easier than your think. With only a old cd drive and some basic tools, you can make a techy looking dock that doesn't just look great but works great too. Don't forget to comment if you have questions.
Small screw driver
Philips screw driver
Glue (such as epoxy, rubber cement or any other plastic capable glue.)
Old CD drive
Micro usb cord
Old 30 pin connector
Heavy gauge steel wire
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Step 1: Disassembly
So first thing is to take apart your old CD drive. Carefully unscrew all the screws and gently pry apart the metal exterior, and remove the mother board.After that detach the connectors and pins holding it to the other components. Then gather your Micro usb cord cpu core and the 30 pin connector.
Step 2: Prepping the Board
The next step is prepping the board for the tablet to sit on. Use a pair of Pliers to pull and cut off all resistors and ports from the circuit board. Use the dremel to smooth down the loose with so it doesn't scratch your tablet then you can put your adhesive fabric on the board to act as padding
After all that is done it's time to cut out the port for the micro usb cable. Next use the dremel again to bore out the place where your micro usb port on the nexus 7 will line up while its in the dock. (use the picture as a reference). The cord should fit in snuggly in the the space you just created.
Step 3: Glue Down the Supports
Now its time to use those cores you have to some use (many other parts can be used for this but I feel that the chips look the best). Use the epoxy to secure the cpu cores to the bottom of the motherboard at a 90 degree angle this will be supporting the tablet as it sits in your dock.
Step 4: Making the Kickstand
In order to make the kick stand you'll have to use your 30 pin connector cord to make the kickstand. Bend your heavy gauge wire into 2 semicircles. glue the 2 semi circles to each side of the connector cable.
Step 5: Attaching the Kickstand
To connect the kick stand to the mother board i used small screw that i removed from the original cd drive. once you drill out the holes in the desired spots on the docks back. your going to use the pins in the cable to screw to screws into the dock itself. The kickstand on the rear is even capable of using the tablet in portrait mode. just by turning the dock sideways.
Step 6: Finished
Woo! your done now it's time to plug it in and make sure all is well if you have any questions just ask down below. Don't for get to rate it.
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