iPhone 5 Dock

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Project by DBuonomano posted 07-09-2013 02:43 AM 3492 views 26 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start by saying that this is a blatant copy of Scott's project from a few months back. Since I upgraded to the iPhone 5 I’ve been looking for a decent dock for it, but just wasn’t happy with anything I saw for sale. The solution came as I was browsing LJ’s and saw Scott’s great design.

The only change I made from Scotts design was to fully incorporate the power cord into the dock, in the last picture you can see the cord comes out of the bottom of the walnut in the back. I just used a chisel to clear out a shallow path for the cord and then glued the whole thing together with the cord installed. This keeps the cord in place so I can securely dock the phone and remove it without worrying about pulling the cord out with the phone. Thanks for looking, and thanks Scott for the inspiration!

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 03:43 AM

Very nicely done

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 11:37 AM

Cool…such a neat idea…well done.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 12:12 PM

Nice! I’m honored that you chose my design.

I keep the one I made at my office, and I’ve been meaning to make a 2nd one for home. When I do, I’m going to copy your idea on on how to run the cord. That’s a whole lot cleaner.

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 12:50 PM

Very neat way to use up some cut-offs. Nice wood combo.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 01:18 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

Scott – This one is now in my office, and the other half of the original block is going to become a dock for my wife’s iPhone 4s. Slightly different depth than the iPhone 5, but nothing a little chisel work and sanding can’t take care of!

The only negative from doing the cord this way was that after gluing and clamping the base on with the cord in place it drifted up about 1/32” so now the iPhone rests on the cord rather than the bottom of the dock. Not too bad as I know I’ll always have a good connection when docked, just something to keep an eye out for.

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 05:02 PM

Good to know. Mine sits a little high too, which I think helps in giving the speaker some room so the ringtones aren’t muffled. I eventually epoxied the connector into mine so it’s solid. I’ll probably do that again on the 2nd one, and maybe before gluing the base on to I can align it just right.

I’m also thinking of routing a small slot so I can still have headphones plugged in while it’s charging.

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 01:46 PM

Cool and functional project! Like the design and wood combo. Well done!

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 12:14 AM


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#9 posted 07-30-2013 10:43 PM

I want one!

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 12:09 AM

Looking Nice!

You could put some small pads in the bottom to lift the phone up just a tad so it’s not resting on the connector

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