Nexus 5 Oak Wireless Charger Stand

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Project by easiersaidthandone posted 02-10-2014 04:14 AM 5216 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought a wireless charger to go with my Nexus 5. I liked the concept of wireless charging, but I didn’t like the mechanics of laying the phone down flat on a desk and having to slide it around to find the sweet spot where it would attach to the magnets in the charger. I decided to make a stand to house the charger that resembled the charging cradles that used to come with older cell phones.

The Nexus wireless charger is a small, square shaped device that charges compatible phones and tablets. It is powered by a plug-in USB power adapter. When the phone or tablet is placed over the charger in the right spot, magnets in the charger will hold the two together. The phone or tablet will make a special sound indicating that charging has begun.

I started making my charger stand by tracing an outline of the phone on a piece of paper. I then cut out the template and taped the sides to the phone. Next I took the charger and placed it over the paper on the back of the phone and positioned it in the right spot for charging. I then traced the outline of the charger on the template.

The back of the stand is a piece of 1/2″ red oak with a cutout that holds the charger in the proper position to make contact with the back of the phone. The bottom is cut at a 30 degree angle. The height of the back piece is approximately 3/4″ shorter than the overall height of the phone to allow a place to grab the phone when removing it from the charger. The arc of the top matches the arc of the phone itself. The overall width of the back is about 1/16″ wider than the phone to allow a slight gap when placing the phone into the charger. The two side pieces are glued in place to provide a cradle to position the phone in the charger.

The reverse side of the back has a grove chiseled into it to allow space for the micro USB connector and wire that powers the charger. The charger assembly is glued on to an oval shaped base of 1/2″ red oak. The back side of the charger has a cover plate installed to hold the charger in place. The finish is Minwax #210B Golden Oak stain and two coats of polyurethane.

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 02:19 PM

very nice I was trying to figure out a good design to do the same with my note 2 since everthing on the market it Icrap. I don’t have the wireless charger but I like the clean look you achieved.

Great job!!!!!

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 05:57 PM

Sweet and simple! I like it!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 11:18 PM

Very nice! I have a nexus 5 as well and have been toying around with a similar idea. Thanks for posting it!

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 03:40 PM

It looks great. Like the design, simple and clean. Well done!

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 10:35 AM

can I buy one off you?

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 03:54 PM

Looks great. Thanks for posting.

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