Christmas Gifts #2: Cell Phone Stand Assembly Line Started

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-06-2017 05:33 AM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cell Phone Stand Prototype Part 2 of Christmas Gifts series Part 3: Ten More Sapele Phone Stands Prepared for Finish »

After making the first prototype, I began the process to make many more of these cell phone stands for Christmas gifts. I need to make thirty-two gifts this year.

I gathered all of my 1/4 thick pieces of resawn lumber plus planed a few more boards to 1/4 inch thickness on my Grizzly planer. With a rip blade in my Saw Stop I ripped all of my 1/4 inch thick lumber to 2 7/8 inches width. I then place a crosscut blade in my table saw. Then with my crosscut sled I set a stop block so I could cut my long strips to 7 1/4 inches. I also placed a pencil mark on my sled at about 5 inches from my saw blade. This way I could cut the 7 1/4 piece and then follow that up with a cut next to 5 inches in length. By cutting these two pieces that would make one cell phone stand I could keep the two pieces stacked together.

I ended up with the following set of stands for these hardwood types: 17 sapele, 10 maple, 9 select pine, and 5 poplar. If I do not make any mistakes I will end up with 41 stands ready for gifting.

These photographs show the stacks of cell phone stand parts paired together by hardwood type.

Most of my hardwood parts were planed to 1/4 inch thickness. A few pieces were slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. For those I have set aside for routing their slots. I will select a straight router bit that is smaller than 1/4 inch diameter in order to route its wide slot so the short piece will fit into the slot snugly.

Also I have a photo of the first few stands that I have close to final assembly; l to r: maple, sapele, select pine, and maple. These four stands still need to be sanded so there are no sharp edges and to get ready for their finish coat of Danish Oil. I have a walnut dye mix that I will test on a test piece of pine before committing to using dye on that wood spieces The few stands I will be making with poplar I already know will work well with this dark walnut like dye. The formula I have comes from Charles Neal. It amazing makes poplar look like walnut hardwood when finished.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 11-06-2017 06:27 PM

Just a thought – as an added touch you could have their name or initials laser cut in to the face of the stand. HTH

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 10:35 PM

Northwest29 that was a great idea to laser engrave their initials. With your suggestion, I have started to shop for laser engravers. I saw one as cheap as $56 for a 1000 mW and $130 for a 1500 mW machine on I need to understand and research these machines a bit more before I jump in.

I welcome any suggestions.


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