Cell phone cradle

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Project by oldnovice posted 03-10-2009 06:02 AM 5730 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in my workshop (the garage) when my mailman asked if I could make him a cradle for his Samsung cell phone/ mp3 player. He wanted it out of ABS plastic but I convinced him it would better out of something like walnut or mahogany. Putting some finish on the mahogany was an easy sell over the ABS.

There is an opening for the charger to connect and a recess in the base to hide the charger cord.

It wasn’t easy but it turned out better than he expected.

The phone pictured is just a mock up, plywood with photos from the web glued to the front and back.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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Douglas Krueger

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#1 posted 03-10-2009 07:12 AM

Now that is an idea worth stealing, hope you don’t mind. With the popularity of cell phones/mp3 players, this has a lot of potential.

Nice functional design.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#2 posted 03-10-2009 07:28 AM

If you want a dimensional print let me know for whatever it it will do. There are so many cell phone/mp3 players on the market and no two of them are alike.

What you have to watch out for, something I found out a little too late, is the little elastic cover that covers the recharge opening. I had to go back a cut a groove from the top to past the charger hole. Luckily I had a router bit that fit and was the right size to kake the clearance I needed.

Good luck!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 02:38 PM

Cool idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-10-2009 03:48 PM

That’s very stylish. I’m sure your mailman is pleased. I like the two-tone stem.

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#5 posted 03-10-2009 04:46 PM

Great looking dock.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Kevin Depies

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#6 posted 03-10-2009 06:28 PM

That is really cool; nice job! Only problem is the phone will be outdated or broke within a couple years and whatever its replaced with will probably have different dims. Such is technology…

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-10-2009 06:31 PM

Very nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 07:43 PM

Excellent idea. I’m going to steal it but modify the plan to be adjustable for size! No planned technology obsolescence will get me.

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 11:42 PM

Good luck with that!

There are a whole lot of manufacturers each with a large number of phone/mp3 models and charger locations all over the place. As I said above, I do have some PDF prints of the one I made if you want them.

Let me know when you complete this!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#10 posted 03-11-2009 03:21 AM

great idea, and very classy.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 12:35 PM

I have to make one

-- I have a portable sawmill in the Detroit area

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