Wireless Phone Charger - With a Woodworker's Flair

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Project by Thepps posted 01-31-2016 09:51 PM 1981 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I recently purchased a new s6 edge plus phone that supports wireless charging. As a woodworker, I’m always looking for a reason to build something new, and this was no different. The actual wireless charger doesn’t look that great on it its own, so I decided to spruce it up a bit. Plus, you have to center your phone on the charger rather precisely in order for it to charge. This stand took care of both of those issues.

Built out of maple, walnut, jatoba, and bloodwood. I initially built it just like a cutting board. I then routed out a rectangle cavity for the phone. I figured out where the charger needed to be placed exactly for perfect charging and routed out a circular cavity for the charger. I left a very thin film of wood in between the charger cavity and the phone cavity. This allows for charging but still looks like a solid piece of wood. If you leave too much material, the charger will be too far from the phone and will not work.

Angled all of the sides at 19 degrees and cut a groove at the bottom for the ‘kick stand’.

Pretty simple project but it was a lot of fun to build. Now, I have a piece of art on my night stand and charging is a snap. :)

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 10:20 PM

Sweet, like it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 07:09 AM

Thats pretty cool.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 12:16 PM

Cool project! Do you have any pictures of your glue up? Must have been a bit fiddly!

Thanks for sharing,


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#4 posted 02-01-2016 01:21 PM

Very nice. how thin is the “very thin film of wood”? i assume that area would almost need to be translucent.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 01:30 AM

You put a tuxedo on a cell phone charger!
That is one nice little project and I bet a lot of people would like one of those!

Do you have any in process photos?

Where is Freeburg Illinois? I lived in Freeport for 27 years.

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 07:30 AM

Nice inlayed curves , looks very elegant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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