DIY CNC Phone Dock




Introduction: DIY CNC Phone Dock

I wanted to enter the Reclaimed Wood Contest and I also wanted to make a charging phone dock for my desk. The following Instructable is my afternoon attempt at it.

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Step 1: Materials Needed

Many tools were used to make the phone dock all of which were available to me at a local makerspace.
- CNC Machine
-Miter Saw
-Belt Sander
-Handheld Drill
-Drill bits
-End mill
-V Carve Bit


-Old Wood
-USB Charger
-Aluminum Spacers
-Wood Screws

Step 2: Prepping

First I disassembled the old wood I obtained from tearing down an old house. Be sure to remove any screws or nails. I cut mine off with a Miter saw.

Step 3: Planing

Now that the wood is stripped of screws and nails we can plane it. The planer never ceases to amaze me with its restoration magic.

Step 4: Glue and Cut

My camera decided to die during this part. But I glued the Cedar panels together and clamped them. There were 2 panels 2 layers thick. I let them dry overnight and then cut them to size with the Miter saw. Whatever size you are comfortable with sitting on your desk is fine. Mine was a 3.5" x 5.5" x 1.5" block.

Step 5: CNC

I used V Carve Pro to generate gcode. It ended with two tool paths with a vcarve bit and an end mill. I have included the Vector files for anyone interested.

I cut the depth of the phone and pen pockets at 0.8" to give a good depth to hold the phone.

The width and length of the pocket depend on your phone and the degree of slant you want. I have galaxy s7 edge with a case that I always on it. I wanted the dock to be able to house my phone with or without the case.

Also I was thinking of Full Metal Alchemist that day.

Step 6: Sanding and Staining

First I used white spray paint for the enfgraving. I used a belt sander to sand the excess paint off and round the edges of the wood.

Then I used a dark walnut stain to color the wood being careful around the white engraving.

Then I used some wipe on polyurethane to put a layer of clear on.

Step 7: USB Charger and Aluminum Standoffs

I thought about using the CNC machine to have exact sized holes for the USB and headphone ports but I will probably make more and phones ports are not universal.

So I used a drill bit smaller than the port and moved it around until it was press fit into the dock.

I then used aluminum Standoffs from the openbuilds part store to raise the dock to give more clearance for the cables.

I had smaller Standoffs but I wanted a taller stand. Whatever suits you.

I used 3" wood screws to secure the Standoffs from the bottom.

Step 8: Enjoy

My DIY phone dock worked exactly as planned, accommodating the phone with and without the case.

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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    what are the measurments


    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi! The measurements of the phone hole are 85cm x 18cm x 20cm.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Sorry mm.