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Project by Brit posted 06-08-2018 08:25 PM 1552 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I managed to grab an hour in the workshop last weekend and got to use a few tools to make this simple phone dock for ‘Her indoors’. My wife had a habit of plugging her phone charger into a certain plug socket in the kitchen and then balancing her phone precariously on top of the plug. Now normally I must admit my attitude would have been Her phone, her problem if it falls onto the granite worktop and smashes, but what hacked me off was the fact that balancing her phone on the plug meant that the socket beside the one she was using also couldn’t be used and annoyingly, that’s the socket I want to plug the iron into to press my shirt when I get up at 4.30am on a Monday morning.

So saw saw, chop chop in an offcut of hard maple and marital bliss has been restored.

When I took the photos of this little project, my wife was sitting at the breakfast bar watching me. The conversation went something like this:

Her: I worry about you sometimes.

Me: Why?

Her: Well I don’t worry about you, I just think you’re mad.

Me: Why?

Her: Well what normal person takes photos of a block of wood and posts them on the internet?

Me: I’m not alone you know, 1000s of people do this.

Her: Well there’s not much hope for the planet then is there?

The things we woodworkers have to put up with eh?

Thanks for looking!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."





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Don W

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#1 posted 06-08-2018 08:35 PM

I pressed a shirt once…...naaah, just kidding.

Cool project. Glad to see you made it to the shop.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 06-08-2018 08:40 PM

Ingenious doohickey Andy. A simple solution to a complex sociological and marital conundrum. Bravo.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 06-08-2018 08:49 PM

You iron your shirt in the kitchen?

Neat idea and funny story ;))

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 06-08-2018 09:23 PM

Lots of mad hatters on the net posting small blocks of wood cut from bigger blocks of wood. Some even make movies about it. What was she thinking?

Nice solution to a pressing issue Brit ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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summerfi

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#5 posted 06-08-2018 09:31 PM

You let your wife have a phone? Sad.

I have some washing and ironing saved up for next time you’re over this way, Andy.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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Gary

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#6 posted 06-08-2018 09:36 PM

Beautiful work. Nice proportions. Lovely rounded corners, elegant smooth finish. It would make a great party game, “What is it?”

-- Cheers -- g

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#7 posted 06-09-2018 03:31 AM

Love it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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woodcox

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#8 posted 06-09-2018 05:01 AM

Nice work, Andy.

Her indoors?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Brit

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#9 posted 06-09-2018 06:06 AM

Thanks guys.

Woody – ‘Her indoors’ = wife. As in “I can’t go to the football today. Her indoors has got me doing chores.”

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 06-09-2018 11:26 AM

Very clever.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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Marcial

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#11 posted 06-09-2018 02:40 PM

Great ideas- to flatter, I’ll make a couple of those this wknd as both DW and I could use them. Both our phones have taken tumbles from stretched out cords. Great bit of dialog b/w you and your spouse.

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Woodknack

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#12 posted 06-09-2018 03:01 PM

That’s quite clever. I don’t think our outlets over here would hold the weight for long.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 06-10-2018 12:14 PM

Brilliant!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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Joe

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#14 posted 06-10-2018 04:32 PM

That’s a great idea, you should sell that. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#15 posted 06-10-2018 11:56 PM

Ha! @ Wife busting your chops. Super slick solution!

-- ~Tony

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