Charging Station

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Project by DonJ posted 09-29-2010 04:06 PM 3263 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this charging station with inspiration (and permission) from a jewelery chest built by Ed Sallee. I also used his source for the cocobolo. The contrasting wood is birdseye maple. The finish is sprayed on lacquer. The size was dictated by the power strip (13” wide; 8 3/4” deep; and 4” high). I still have to build a little protective shelf/cover over the wiring at the toggle switch. With the toggle switch, I can leave the power strip on all the time, but only give it the power when a phone is plugged in via turning on the toggle switch (which has a red LED light that turns on when power is on to the power strip). The top rests in a dado and can be pulled back to expose the power strip and then another compartment towards the front of the box. The strip of cocobolo on the front of the box appears to be a handle for a drawer, but is only decorative. This was a prototype before I build three more for Christmas presents for my three boys. The only changes I’ll be making is to add a half inch to the width and put a small radius on the edges of the cocobolo on the top of the box.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 04:17 PM

That is a neat idea and it is well done.

We need one of these for cell phones, I-pad and Kindle.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 04:37 PM

Looks really good.

BUT… you need to let the heat out! Give it a vent or you run the risk of starting a fire. Just put a few holes in the back to allow for air circulation. Especially if you are going to be giving these as gifts.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 08:21 PM

Very cool. A great way to clean up the ugly mess of charger wires and plugs. I love the wood selection you used.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 04:15 AM

Wonderful work. You turned the mess of wire into a beautiful accent piece. Love the contrast of wood.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 10:05 PM

Very nice charging station and the power is finised as good as any I’ve seen.

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

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 10:29 PM

By the way, I have a SketchUp model of this if anyone is interested.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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