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DIY Charging station

 

This is a DIY charging station project that I found in the current issue of Wood magazine. If you want the exact measurements of all the pieces and the template of the sides you need to buy the magazine, sorry. I wanted to build this for my mother for Mothers's day. Here are my results.

 

Parts:

1 - 1/2in sheet of plywood

1 - 1/4in sheet of plywood

6 - sheets of walnut veneer

1 - 1/8in diameter dowel rod(shown but not used.)

1 - can of spray Lacquer (not shown)

1 - bottle of Titebond II glue (not shown)

Tools: What I used

  • Table saw
  • Band saw.
  • Trim router
  • Miter saw
The template for the sides, in the magazine, was to scale so I scanned it then printed it out on thick card stock. Then I just cut the shape out, put in on the plywood and traced around it. Here is the traced outline on the band saw about to cut to rough shape. You could also use a jig saw or a scroll but I used a band saw. 

The template for the sides, in the magazine, was to scale so I scanned it then printed it out on thick card stock. Then I just cut the shape out, put in on the plywood and traced around it. Here is the traced outline on the band saw about to cut to rough shape. You could also use a jig saw or a scroll but I used a band saw. 

  Here you can see I cut the sides out on the band saw careful not to cut over my line. Then I used a belt sander to sand right to the line for a much cleaner shape.

 

Here you can see I cut the sides out on the band saw careful not to cut over my line. Then I used a belt sander to sand right to the line for a much cleaner shape.

 Here are all my pieces cut out and ready for to get veneer laminated onto them.

 Here are all my pieces cut out and ready for to get veneer laminated onto them.

Here are all of the pieces after the veneer has been laminated onto them. This was my first time doing this kind of process and as you can see from the picture there was some shifting on one of the pieces. Just a side note you could buy walnut veneered plywood and not have to do it your self but it is more costly.

Here are all of the pieces after the veneer has been laminated onto them. This was my first time doing this kind of process and as you can see from the picture there was some shifting on one of the pieces.

Just a side note you could buy walnut veneered plywood and not have to do it your self but it is more costly.

  Here is another shot of the shifting and how the veneer did not get glued properly to the side.

 

Here is another shot of the shifting and how the veneer did not get glued properly to the side.

This is the final assembly where I have glued all of the pieces at the points where they meet and I have clamped them together to hold them until the glue sets.

This is the final assembly where I have glued all of the pieces at the points where they meet and I have clamped them together to hold them until the glue sets.

  This is the front of the charging station after finish was applied.

 

This is the front of the charging station after finish was applied.

  This is the back of the charging station after finish was applied.

 

This is the back of the charging station after finish was applied.

This is the finished charging station with a Nook and cell phone on it to show how it looks.

This is the finished charging station with a Nook and cell phone on it to show how it looks.