That said, we can't help but look at some items and think, "I bet I could make that."
In this case, the latter applies. Although we haven't done so yet, we did spend the weekend cutting firewood for the upcoming winter months and after looking at log after log, you just can't help but think of ways to utilize the barky-raw materials for other than heat.
There are several different tutorials on the internet about using a plunge router (which if you don't own one or know someone who does, can be rented). You would simply need to measure the size of the device needing to be docked and make cuts that are slightly larger, allowing the device to lay back slightly in the cradle.
After that cut is made, a simple hole drilled in the back should allow the data/charging cable to slide through with ease. You could also run your log through a band saw or table saw to give it a nice flat bottom, or construct small feet to keep it flat. The choice is up to you and what your skill set (and tools) allow for!
Do you ever dissect a product and think about how you could make it if left to your own devices? Or would you rather stick to buying the pre-made versions. Let us know in the comments below!
(Image: Etsy seller Woodtec)