Small Electronic Device Charging Station

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 05-30-2009 05:06 PM 11321 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been meaning to make one of these since I saw it in Woodsmith issue 176. I was reminded of it when I saw this one here:

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So, I took a day off an got off my duff and built it. I also went with walnut for the sides and maple for the front and trays. I finished it with Watco Danish Oil followed by de-waxed shellac and a couple coats of Formby’s wiping varnish. The most expensive part of it was the ball catches for the front door, which cost $8 each! The 3 outlet strip was bought at Ikea for around $3 for a 2 pack.

While I am pleased with the outcome, I was disappointed in the instructions. Usually I build these in Sketchup first just to make sure everything is correct; but I just went ahead and built this one from the plans. There were a couple dimensions that were wrong, and I missed one and had to cut the maple pieces down by 1/4” to compensate. They also didn’t give a location for the pivot hole for the support panel, so I guesstimated and the brass pins are slightly too long to fit behind the closed front door. They look ok sitting on top, but I was still disappointed. Next time I’ll make sure to build any projects in Sketchup first.

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 05:10 PM

That’s one fine charging station looks great


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#2 posted 05-30-2009 05:27 PM

I need to make one myself. Nice job and good choice of wood colors. Like the bal catch. Gives it a cleaner look.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 05:29 PM

Great work. These things are really handy.

At least yours is getting used. Mine has not even been set up yet.

Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 06:52 PM

I made 3 of these and had the same problem with a few dimensions also. In spite of that, you did a great job!

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 07:43 PM

looks good. Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 08:28 PM

Very nice, I like that alot.. I totally need to make one of these for my family. we have 2 phones, 4 ipods and 2 bluetooth ear pieces. Cords all over the place and not enough outlets. Thanks for the idea.

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#7 posted 05-30-2009 11:53 PM

This is the nicest charging station I have seen so far. Elegance and utility and beauty, well done!

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#8 posted 05-31-2009 03:46 AM

handy thing to have and quite useful. I bet you can sell this if you offer custom designs. Nice work, Everything works good together and it’s not an eye sore on any end table.

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 08:29 AM

great results on your charging station… been meaning to build one of these myself but they are now coming out with the charging matt system for our electronic devices… Going to wait till they come down in price and then build it into the charging station…

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