Desktop organizer with a modern twist

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Project by jmartel posted 10-30-2013 03:23 AM 3519 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friend of mine wanted a desktop organizer, and decided he wanted to make it a bit more modern by adding in some inductive chargers. Basically, you put your phone/laptop on top of the chargers and it charges the battery wirelessly. No cords to worry about, just toss them on and go. So, he asked if I could put it into a box. Ended up routing out the panel top to about 3/32” thick so as to minimize the amount of interference from the wood. I have no idea if it will work since I don’t have his phone/tablet with me, but it should. Theoretically.

Wood is maple that I found at Home Depot with some decent figure, and the panel/drawer front is Mahogany Crotch veneer.

Finish is Deft satin sprayed with HVLP, then rubbed out with 0000 steel wool. First time spraying a finish.

EDIT 11/14/2013: Box arrived to him, and he took a video for me showing it in action. The hot glue failed during it’s rough shipping journey (USPS lost it at one point, but it was found and kept going), but he is repairing that and just did a quick duct-tape job apparently to make sure everything worked.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 03:25 AM

Thats a good idea. Let us know how it works out.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 03:34 AM

Cool idea! Definitely need a follow up to find out how it works. Also, where did you get the inductive chargers?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 03:36 AM

No idea. He sent them to me in the mail, and I just installed them. They are attached with hot glue so they are easy to take out and replace if needed.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 03:58 AM

Looks nice! If it works, I can see a lot of LumberJocks making these.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 04:27 AM

Great build, making modern warm and inviting

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 06:13 AM

Well done. Gonna buy sumpin’ fun with the proceeds?;)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 07:50 AM

Welll done and good idea. Will be interesting to see how well this works.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-30-2013 01:39 PM

Very nicely done – neat concept and I really like the contrasting wood selection. Let us know how it works out.

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 02:29 PM

This turned out very nice. You’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 02:55 PM

This wonderful ,unique and beautiful ,Great job.

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#11 posted 10-30-2013 02:55 PM

Nice job. Great idea.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#12 posted 10-30-2013 03:06 PM

Thanks everyone. And Red, I already bought the Spindle Sander with the proceeds several weeks ago. I’ve got a couple more builds for people that will hopefully help get me on my way to buying a jointer.

Forgot to post dimensions: It’s about 15”Wx12”Dx5”H

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 10-30-2013 03:44 PM

Really clever with the inductive chargers and a very handsome piece.

Nice Work.

-- - Terry

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#14 posted 10-30-2013 04:05 PM

Very nice desktop organiser….the contrasting woods look great. You have done an excellent job…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 10-30-2013 04:40 PM

Great work and very interesting idea, give us a follow up.

-- Tom D

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