The Enchanted Woods iPhone Dock over at Anthropologie is an eye-catching rustic iPhone accessory, definitely high on the cool factor. But is it $98 cool? Chris didn't think so, but he wanted to give the apple of his eye something similar, but made with his own hands and that wouldn't cost him nearly a Benjamin. Thus, he got to to his woodshop, got to work and built his own! Here's how he did it...
Chris shared his step-by-step and it seems like fairly moderate difficulty project even if you're no Norm Abrams. To be honest, we think Chris' DIY version looks as good, if not better, than the original!
If you've got a drill, some sort of saw, and a spare iPod USB cable, you can whip one up in an hour or two for absolutely free! I'm pretty sure this is the world's best Christmas gift for iPhone owners, especially cause it's handmade! I'm giving mine to my sweetheart (she's been banned from ManMade and all its networks until Christmas morning).
Materials and Tools
- Fallen tree limb, about 4" in diameter, for the base
- Straight tree branch, 1" in diameter, for the legs
- Smaller stick, 3/8 - 1/2" in diameter, for the support (look for one with some character, but remains mostly straight)
- USB cable for your iPod or other smart phone
- saw - anything that can make crosscuts will do - pull saw, handsaw, hacksaw, miter box, etc
- ruler or measuring tape
- electric drill
- 13/64" or 3/16" drill bit
- small chisel, carving knife, or utility knife (or electric rotary tool)
- yellow wood glue and glue gun
See the complete step-by-step instructions over at Chris' ManMadely page.