Charging Cradle

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Project by SawdustTX posted 08-16-2021 01:41 AM 784 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cradle to hold a wireless charging pad and phone

Came from a need – the USB jack on my son’s phone died, so he could only charge with the wireless pad. No problem at home, but hes’a always on the go, and in the car, walking, etc, it was very hard to keep the phone positioned on the charging pad.

Goal was to make a cradle for the charging pad, cord, and phone, as light and compact as possible, that would hold the phone in the optimum charging position/location.

Made from cutoffs, the two shaped cutouts from 1/2” thick 9-ply, and the bottom from 3/16” thick 5-ply.
I cut the shape of the phone in one piece, the charging pad with it’s cord in the other, glued them all up, trimmed, sanded, and put a quick coat of poly on it.
My son uses it in his pocket and in the car, says it’s working well.
Fun little 90 minute project.

What I should have done is cut the charger notches in the middle of the sides all the way through the top piece, toi allow for lifting the phone out. As it is, you have to tip the cradle up on it’s side or partially upside down to “drop” the phone out.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#1 posted 08-16-2021 03:48 AM

Good job. Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s got nice form as well.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-16-2021 11:15 AM

Nice work on the custom fitting cradle!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 08-16-2021 08:32 PM

I have thought about doing something like this for my charger since I either miss or bump the phone such that I awaken to a phone lacking charge. Never anything this slick and gorgeous tho.

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#4 posted 08-17-2021 05:31 PM

You might be able to clamp it on the drill press table and drill out the recesses with a forstner bit.

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#5 posted 08-23-2021 04:35 PM

@Steve, that would work. Next version (see drawing below) I’ll make the whole thing narrower, so the charging pad will actually be exposed on the sides, and the “frame” to hold the phone will only be at the corners, left open in the middle, allowing better cooling, access to the side buttons, and easy insert/extraction into the holder.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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