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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 12-14-2009 06:40 AM 2216 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my attempt to use up some leftover wood and actually make something for me. I rarely do that, not sure why. Its made from two pieces of Walnut sandwiched to a piece of maple. This allowed me to cut the shapes roughly to size to hold the phone and then put them together after I had the sizes I needed. They are sanded to 320 and finished with Tung oil. the box fits into a window holder that came with my portable GPS unit for my car (only use the GPS when I go out of town). Walnut matches the dashboard better than I could have hoped for.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 07:17 AM

Welcome to the site. Nice looking piece, and a practical use for yourself. Almost feels like you’re getting away with something, doesn’t it?

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 01:13 PM

Very nice project and very useful. Welcome to LJ’s and keep the projects coming.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 01:33 PM

it loos SO Beautiful … nicely done.
and to match the car—cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 02:22 PM

Great idea, love the design. Looks great.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 02:26 PM

Nice job, Ron. Maple and walnut make a nice wood combination and contrast with one another well. The holder looks really good and getting it to match your dashboard was a bonus.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 05:09 PM

Nice, great idea making it fit your GPS holder.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 07:16 PM

Very beautiful, really beautiful – great work!
I’m afraid I’m more concerned to take good care of the holder than my cheap phone.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 01:00 PM

What a great idea, and I like that walnut!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 11:40 PM

cool idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 05:22 PM

Cool idea And a great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 03-07-2010 04:50 PM

Beautiful form and function.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 07:31 PM

Nice I have a BlackBerry Storm. Makes me want one. :)

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 09:38 PM

Thanks for the comment. Once the basic idea of laminating the front and back together with a spacer for the phone was clear, and I understood that it had to be hard wood (maple, walnut, purple heart, wenge I made a failure out of Cherry and Cedar) since the front and back are so thin. The build is relatively quick (1 day build and then several days to finish).

Every now and then I need one of those instant gratification projects. This was one of those. The headboard I just finished took almost 2 years but more about that project when I get the whole bed done.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#14 posted 04-16-2010 04:53 AM

No seriously it makes me want one. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie. lol kidding. Still very nice. You should make up some plans for it. :)

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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