Make This: Wooden Cell Phone & MP3 Dock

We love wooden accessories, especially when it comes to cradles for our favorite pieces of technology — cell phones and mp3 players! The only problem is, our pocketbooks don't always allow us the luxury of the purchase...

Before we start, we'd like to take the time to acknowledge the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into making handmade and designer products of this nature. They are true works of art and if your bank account and tech-budgets allow, we hope you turn to their websites for their fine products, because even though sometimes we like to make things ourselves, we also love supporting those who do so (usually) better than us.

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)

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.