Using a laser printer I cut a 1.15 inch thick wooden phone stand that appears to be two of the letter A because my name is Andrew. It is simple but still looks nice and gets the job done and is sturdy. It is essentially three pieces and can easily be glued together to bind them. There is simply a flat piece of wood with two slots in it for tabs that are on the two A's. Insert the tabs into the slots and the stand is together and can hold many phones.
Step 1: Step 1: Drawings
I used drawing software, in this case Inventor 2015 to type a letter A in a font that had some sort of a tab naturally protruding from the bottom as the basis for holding the actual phone. Once I found the font that i thought was best, I then adjusted its size so it would be able to hold my phone. I then used a spline feature, which allows you to click a series of points and it connects a line, to trace the edges of the A that I knew I was going to keep the same. I created different, straight lines, right under the tab for holding the phone in order to make tabs to insert into a stand to hold the A's upright. i converted the drawings into a dxf file in order to use them on the laser printer in my school that cuts wood for designs.
Step 2: Step 2: the Connecting Piece
At first my plan was to have a rectangular piece with hard corners and a third slot in the middle so the space between the A's could be adjustable. I later decided that if I simply moved the two outside slots closer together I could remove the middle one and still be able to hold my phone in both positions. I also decided to curve the hard corners for a much less rigid look. I then laser etched my name between the slots for added personalization.
Step 3: Step 3: Laser Cut Out the Pieces
I used a laser printing machine from my school that cuts very precisely to make my pieces. However with the right tools you could easily cut out these shapes without a laser cutting machine if you cannot access one. Once you have your pieces you'll want to sand them to get a nice, smooth, finished look to them. Also you may need to sand the holes for the tabs slightly in order to to get the tabs to fit in easily. I used a small file type tool to sand the inside of slots but you could just as easily sand the tabs in order to make them fit comfortably.
Step 4: Finished!
Now you have a small phone stand you can take on the go or leave at home!