Most charging docks aren’t exactly stylish. A lot of the docks available are downright plain looking. Why settle for plain when you can make your own charging dock with these simple steps?
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHARGING DOCK
ASSEMBLE YOUR SUPPLIES
For this project, you’ll need:
- 1 block of wood
- 1 charging cable
- Paint or decorative items
For your tools, you’ll need:
- Miter saw or chop saw
- Safety goggles
STEP ONE: DRAW IT OUT.
You don’t need architectural drawing skills or expensive design software; just a rough pencil sketch will work to help you visualize the final design. Since this is going to be a customized charging dock, get creative if you want. Just don’t make it so complex that it gets beyond your skill level. Make sure you include measurements as this will make the project much easier to complete, and ensure your success.
STEP TWO: CUT THE BLOCK TO SHAPE.
Use your miter saw to cut the wood block to the dimensions you want your charging dock to be. Be sure to wear your safety goggles during this step.
STEP THREE: MARK AND CUT THE SLOT.
Use a pencil to mark the position of the slot where your phone will sit. Make a second mark on the side to indicate the depth of the slot. Angle your miter saw to make the cut to the correct depth so the phone can rest against the back of the wooden block while it’s being charged.
STEP FOUR: DRILL THE CONDUIT.
Next, drill a hole down from the slot to a depth of ¾ of an inch from the bottom of the wood block. Now, drill a hole from the back of the block at a height of ¾ of an inch from the bottom of the block. As you drill in, you should match up with the first vertical hole you drilled.
STEP FIVE: INSERT THE CHARGING CABLE.
Now, guide the charging cable through the hole from the top down and through the horizontal conduit. (Note: You may need to widen the hole at the top end so the top of the charging cable is flush with the top hole.
STEP SIX: PAINT OR DECORATE IT TO YOUR DESIGN TASTES.
If you like the way the dock looks while it’s unfinished, then you’re done! If you want to spice it up a bit to match your space, then take this time to paint or stain it any way you’d like. Other fun decorative ideas are to incorporate washi tape, use stencils, have fun with decoupage or glue on rhinestones to give it a glam look.
And that’s it! You’re done!