Intro: How to Create the Ultimate Ipod Touch DOCK!
Ya I know you've seen this before. Or have you?
Cuz today I wanted to make myself a little dock.
And what I noticed was there was Instructables to make a "charger dock" and then there were those Instructables on making speakers that dongle sorta.
So I though how about make those two cool things together. And after lots of thought, a free Friday tonight, supplies, and much work I came up with this.
So sit back get your iPod touch and have at it.
***I'd like to give a big thanks to dchall8. He helped me out with my CAPSLOCK problem.
Step 1: Gather All Your Materials
Wow. Im excited how (for real) I made this with household items for free YAY! (btw this is my first instructable, hope theres enough photos!) ok. now for the steps.
-small cheapo headphones( i got a pack of two for five dollars, these ones are not very good as headphones anyway becuz they arent sound cancelling, they sound like regular speakers anywho.)
-Some sort of box(big enough for wires and cables and accesability
-ipod touch usb cable(be aware if u dont use the new ipod touch usb for the ipod touch it may not fit correctly without modification)
-ipod touch dock adapter, now look close at mine and compare it to yours(go ahead take a second); yes thats right i have a hole in mine; its for the speakers; this will be explained later
-crazy glue for the headphones CAUTION: dont be impatient and stupid like me and use crazy glue i figured out it can melt the plastic, and it did a little bit on mine but still for a neat set up use the hot glue gun
-needle nose pliers; used them to pry off the housing of the head phones
-regular tape; used for the headphone wires; also you guys just use electrical tape for the wires, like i said I wanted to get this done fast so I could have it; i was being impatient; i could've took my time on it spent a feww days; but i got to have this and a report on it by wednesday; and i want a good weekend too so. when i suggest u do something different from mine you might want to strongly take that into consideration
-Paper to trace out the headphones and put under the glue gun
I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A HUGE THANKS TO ari6126 FOR MAKING THE CUT OUT TEMPLATE
Time: About 2-3 hours considering to let the glue dry
Use: unlimited i would say
Step 2: CUTTING THE HOLES
Print out the hole template for the dock.'
carefully cut out the template
Step 3: MODIFYING YOUR DOCK
As you saw at the beginning my dock is different from your dock.
Well thats all about to change.
First put your iPod near lighted area and make it shadow a little to see the hole for the headphone jack take a sharpie and mark a dot on the shadow spot(or could measure it) then drill at that dot like a gold mine till you get something like this.
Now stop and put ur iPod on the white dock and line it up plug in your earphone jack thru the little mod-hole u just made keep enlarging it slightly until you can spin the jack around in a complete circle without it skipping this means its fully plugged in.
Step 4: APPLYING THE DOCK TO THE HOLE
Now we attach the dock.
Fit the white dock into the hole to make sure you now which way its going.
When you put your iPod on it the back should lean against the biggest fattest part.
Once you now the direction and placement of the dock applying hot glue to the bottom of it and hold it secure for a few seconds.
Make sure your remove any excess glue that may cover any access port on the dock.
Step 5: THE EARBUD DEMOLISHUN
Strip the speakers of the earbuds from there housing.
Trace around the outside of the stripped speaker; this will be your template.
I wish I could make you guys a template but every earbuds can be different.
Take your speaker template and cut out two holes on the sides.
Step 6: STOP PERIODICALLY
Stop every once in a while after cutting,gluing, attaching, modifying, etc your earbuds and plug them into your iPod to make sure they are still working, you'd rather stop now and get new headphones in than have to start the whole project from complete scratch again.
Step 7: ATTACHING SPEAKERS TO BOX
Apply glue to the back to secure your loose wires, those of you soldering awesomeness people, solder it. Then apply glue (in the pics im using crazy glue, agian this was the reason that part of the plastic on my speakers disenagrated. So use caution) to the outside rim of the speakers and apply them to the holes in the box.
Let this sit. This is crucial because in the next steps your will be dealing with the black rubber/wire caseing attached to the speakers and makeing hard pulls and tugs to make your dock tidy, this may cause something to break so just take a break and looking back at your masterpiece in the making.
Cuz were almost done.
Step 8: CLEANING IT UP
Here you will wrap up all those very long untidy wires
first wrap the wires in electrical tape( I used regular, being lazy)
squeeze to ensure firmness
next fold it in half and repeat.
Next repeat number two.
Do this until you are satisfied with the tidyness. Make sure before you do that you have let your glue sit.
Secure the wad of wires down with more tape.
Step 9: FINALE
Secure every thing up.
Make any additions you'd like.
Cut a hole in the back for the USB to exit thru
connect the USB to the bottom of the dock in the appropriate hole.
Thread the end thru your hole!
Now your done !!!! Enjoy! Your ultimate iPod touch dock!!!