Tuesday we compiled a list of Unique USB Hubs. Now there's a DIY project where your hub doesn't have to sit ontop of the desk, but instead, inside of it with the connection face flush mounted! This isn't a home hack that will take long — we estimate it to take about an hour, so get your dremel ready!
We wish we could say this would work for all desks (sorry glass desks!), but this is ideal for wood or metal work surfaces. The directions come from John Edgar Park — host of Make and a CG supervisor at Disney. Park provides step-by-step instructions of how to hack your desk to embed a USB hub to keep one less device cluttering your desk. There are only 8 steps and they're all actually pretty easy if you've got minimal experience using power tools.
In step one he recommends measuring the area on your desk and marking it with a pencil. Measure 1/16" shy of the actual size of the hub to allow for sanding. It would be terrible if you cut the hole too large and the hub doesn't fit. Further along he recommends which blades to use and documents each and every step with a helpful picture. We're seriously considering hacking our desk to embed our USB hub!
Complete instructions over at Makezine.
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