Rock Climber IPhone Dock

About: My sister and I like to make things! And even more than making things, we like to share our creations! We want to create beautiful and compelling content that really helps people to get what they need!

This Instructable will walk you through making a cute little rock climber smart phone stand. I made this so It could old my phone while I bake, which I do a lot!! I've found that it's great for displaying my recipe in a hands free, butter smear free place.

We will be using the following tools:

1. Scroll Saw
2. Router (or table saw)
3. Nail gun (or drill)
4. Sander

And the following supplies:

1. 1' X 1.5' of 3/4" thick plywood
2. Polyurethane (or other sealer)
3 Paint is optional.

Let's get started with making this little guy.

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Step 1: Cut the Plywood

You will need to cut the plywood into three pieces.

1. 5" X 5" square for the climber
2. 6" X 4" rectangle for the back
3. 5" X 4" rectangle for the base

Step 2: Print Off the Schematic

Click on the image of the rock climber and print it off. You shouldn't have to adjust the zoom as its already sized to be approximately 5" by 5". Check out the video for an idea of how big that is next to an iPhone 6S.

Step 3: Glue the Climber Schematic to the Plywood

Cut away he excess paper around the climber. Spray the back of the climber with 3M adhesive. Flip him over and press him against the 5" by 5" plywood square. You can also use a glue stick to do this step if you don't have 3m adhesive

Step 4: Cutting Out the Climber

I used a scroll saw to cut out the rock climber, but if you have a jig saw you can also use that. Just follow the lines of his body and try not to cut in too deep.

Once the guy is completely cut out, peel off the paper and sand all the edges down.

Step 5: Making the Smartphone Trough

We need to make a long trough to rest on the climber's hand and hold the phone. To do this, you can either use a router with a 3/8" bit or a table saw to cut a trough approximately 3/8" into the plywood. The trough should be at minimum the length of your phone with ledges that are about 1/8"-1/4" inch thick.

Once you've cut the trough, sand down the edges and drill a hole directly through the center for the charging cable. For an iPhone lightening cable, you will need to drill 2 3/16" holes side by side.

Now it's time to glue the trough to the climber's hand. Make sure the slit is facing up towards his head. Clamp it and let it dry.

Step 6: Building the Base

Take the 6" by 4" piece of plywood and cut a slight angle on one of the 4" end grain sides. I cut an angle of 15 degrees. This is so that the stand doesn't create a 90 degree angle, but rather 115 degree with the surface it's resting on.

Using wood glue, fix the angled edge to the surface of the 5" by 4" piece. Shoot some nails into it to hold it in place or use a screw to hold them together.

Let that dry and then sand it down. If you want to paint the stand, now would be the time!

Step 7: Attaching the Climber to His Rock

Make sure the climber you cut out sits flush against the 6" by 4" back. Both of his legs and his arm should all be resting flat against the back. If they don't, use a sander to flatten them out.

Apply some glue to the three limbs, and push him against the back rock. Allow him to dry for a couple of hours. Make sure that you use a decent amount of glue because that's what's holding your phone up!

Step 8: Finishing the Wood

I love the way that polyurethane finishes plywood so I basically use it on any plywood project. So lather on the polyurethane and let it dry! Of course, you can use finisher that you like :)

Step 9: Some Photos of What Your Product Will Look Like

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    12 Discussions


    9 months ago on Step 2

    Can i know where did you get that pic Cause I cannot find it


    1 year ago

    Cool project, could you link to the template for the climber? The one here is just a screen shot of you printing it. Am I missing something?

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hello and thanks! So this is both weird and embarrassing. It looks like the template is no longer on instructables! And I can't find it in my file archive. You can download an SVG or a PNG of a stick figure. The way I custom made mine was by importing a stick figure into Adobe Illustrator and then drawing over the parts I wanted and then adjusting them to make it look like a climber. Sorry about losing the template, thats a little unprofessional


    2 years ago

    Where can we get the template?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Man, if I had a 3d printer.... Or a CNC router, that would be awesome!!! I would be mass producing these things ;)


    Reply 3 years ago

    If I had a 3D printer, I would need a private 3D Printer filament factory only for me, Because I would print so much

    Uh-oh... :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    Hahah I hear you! I think I would be in the same boat :)


    3 years ago

    wich I can make this, because this is beautiful!!!

    1 reply