DIY Plans: Make Your Own Wooden iPhone Amplifier

Red Bird Blue + Woodwork City

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Have you heard about the cup trick? You can amplify your built-in-iPhone-speaker's volume by resting it in a dry glass cup. It's called a "passive speaker," and it works kind of the same way that the hollow body of a guitar or violin helps to amplify the sound made by the strings. Of course, leaving your iPhone in a glass isn't the most gorgeous solution for amplifying sound without extra power.

If you want a more permanent solution, give this DIY project a try. Renee from Red Bird Blue built this iPhone dock from just wood, making this a completely power-free amplifier that can be endlessly customized to suit your style. We love the natural-plus-neon look, but you could sand, stain and paint yours to your tastes. 

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This wooden dock turns up the volume the same way guitars and glasses do. The sound from the iPhone's built-in speakers gets sent through channels in the wood and out through two large holes at the front. 

You'll need a few "more than basic" woodshop tools, as Renee mentions. But this project is well worth the effort for anyone who wants a little more volume without extra cords and the satisfaction of your own self-made product. Leave one in your bathroom for shower karaoke, and make another for the patio outside!

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Check out Renee's post on Red Bird Blue, and the plans she used on Woodwork City.

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(Images: Red Bird Blue; plans via Woodwork City)


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