cell phone stand

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Project by CameronD posted 07-02-2013 03:02 AM 1532 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a couple intermediary projects, such as a drill press stand, a second attempt at a box, a few odds and ends, I wanted a stand to hold my cell phone while watching Netflix or other youtube videos while eating or laying down. I had a few pieces of red oak and poplar, so I thought “I can make a stand.”

Turned out cutting the small front catch was much more difficult than I anticipated. I finally settled on taping a small piece of wood to a piece of plywood and using that as a sled to rip the angle (22 degrees, or so). I am glad my fingers are still attached. Since that attempt, I’ve made a small parts jig and learned a few other approaches to avoid that idiocy again. The dowel supports were cut freehand by placing them in a vise and using a chisel. Were I to do this design again, I would use a miter saw and determine the angle, cut long and then cut to size.

I may make another or something larger for a tablet using plywood and dados. Can dadoes but cut on an angle, or is that saw and insert-plate dependent?

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 07:23 PM

I have to take out the plate to cut dadoes on a angle, my saw wont accept custom plates. if you plan on making a lot of cuts you can tape down some thin ply than raise the blade through the ply, just remember to set up your guide first.

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 11:30 PM

Nice design…looks like the openings are for the power cord/headset…

Did you stain the wood? Looks like oak?

-- Take care.....Ed

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 12:07 AM

Thanks for the tip on making my own plate. I’ll try that some time if this comes up again.

Yes, Ed, the back is red oak, the bottom is poplar, and the dowels are…pine? Whatever is standard at the big stores. I used a red oak stain.

The holes were intended to let audio out, as the speaker is on the back, offset. The intent was to allow the phone to be oriented either way and charge easily. Turns out audio sounds better reflect off the wood as a sounding board than out the back.

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 03:04 AM

Neat project. I’ve seen those cool little passive amplifiers where the speaker plays into a small horn or cone.

-- Rick M,

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