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Phone holders

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Project by jamsomito posted 12-31-2019 03:28 AM 559 views 3 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these phone holders as gifts this year. I made a prototype first out of a 2×4, and it immediately warped, so that gave me the idea of the curved front and back pieces – two points of contact in the front, one in the back – if it warps, it will always be stable.

I also made a game-time decision to change the way the two pieces fit together. I originally had a horizontal slot, but with the hole for the phone charger, it made for a really weird looking cut, made the right-side of the phone rest a little flexible, and really sacrificed strength. So instead, I decided on a double notch and double tongue design. It worked great and it’s nice and strong, but now the pieces tend to slip a bit. I don’t think they’ll fall apart, but they don’t necessarily seat fully always after using it a few times.

On one piece I tried the acetone toner transfer again to put a logo on the back side. This one was by far my first attempt – I think I’m figuring out the best method. Lots of pressure with a flat-tipped stick, and just the right amount of acetone does the trick for me.

Finish is a few coats of spray shellac.

I made 6 of these in total, 2 maple, 2 cherry, and 2 red oak. The oak ones are my favorite; IMO they have the most character.





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