Valet/Charging Station

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Project by joejt posted 07-11-2008 12:46 AM 4081 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little cabinet houses a power strip and is used to hide cell phones, mp3’s, camera’s and other small rechargables while they are being charged.

A benefit is that all items can be charged simultaneously while using only one outlet.

The cabinet is made of Walnut and Lyptus. The lyptus inserts in the doors are 1/4” thick with 1/8” inlaid and 1/8” proud of the door surface. The top corners of the cabinet are dovetailed and rounded. The side cove molding flows into the wider portion at the bottom of the cabinet. The lower front panel is dovetailed to the side panel.

The cabinet is finished with acrylic.

The interior back panel is baltic birch and has slots cut to allow the pass-through of the charging cords Likewise, the shelves are baltic birch. The interior is finished with a few coats of shellac.

The Exterior back panel is baltic birch and slides to allow the addition or removal of the charging transformers.

Cup hooks are inside the doors for keys. Notice that the interior shelves are cut back to make room for the hanging keys.

After completing this unit, I concluded that it makes one think of an old table radio.

-- joejt

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#1 posted 07-11-2008 12:59 AM

Neat. I could use something like this.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 07-11-2008 01:23 AM

Very Nice Joe. The dovetails look good & I like the wood combination.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 07-11-2008 01:27 AM

Very nicely done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-11-2008 01:36 AM

this is cool!!! I like the design—-especially the back—-looks like a good way to design an entertainment center or computer desk (to keep the cords nice neat and organized…)...

exceptional project…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 07-11-2008 02:20 AM

very nice you really did a great job I may just have to borrow your idea myself

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 07-11-2008 02:39 AM

I like that. Looks great and serves a purpose. Nice job.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 07-11-2008 06:14 AM

With I-Pod and cell and scrap wood this may be one of those excuses to get into the shop thank for sharing …cool idea… blkcherry

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#8 posted 07-11-2008 11:07 AM

Great idea!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 07-11-2008 03:22 PM

What a unique use for a nicely made cabinet – how does charging the wallet work out?

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#10 posted 07-11-2008 09:09 PM

Need to have one, thanks for the idea. Very nice detailed wood work.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#11 posted 07-11-2008 11:02 PM

Thanks for all the comments. Feel free to build on the design. There should be no limit.

This unit is made of 2 interlocking U-shaped structures … One is vertical and one is horizontal

I originally made oval lyptus inserts for the doors, but it took on the look of a robot or a cartoon bunny when placed over the keystone shape in the center of the base.

Note to Stanley2:
Charging the wallet really doesn’t work. The wallet (and the glasses case) are not being charged. They are there to demonstrate the “valet” function of this cabinet/box.

-- joejt

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#12 posted 07-12-2008 12:44 AM

I like it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-12-2008 03:03 PM

Very clever idea. And, yes is does have an old radio look. Nice build.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 07-13-2008 04:47 AM

Joe, Great Idea. I need to figure something out to handle all of our little items around this house.
I like the old time radio look.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 07-13-2008 05:49 AM

There are simpler designs to accomplish the valet/charging tasks. I have seen units that look like a desktop organizer with open compartments on top so you could drop in your chargeable items. Also some have a small drawer across the front to hide some of the stuff. Also the back could slide vertically in channels so you can have accesss to the power strip.

I liked the way this one turned out. It has character. It doesn’t look like anything you could buy in a store. I made a general sketch of what I wanted and went form there.

I have also thought about making it actually like an old table-top radio with knobs and dials and stuff like that. I could develop a front that would drop like a bread-box door.

-- joejt

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