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While looking through some of my woodworking magazines, I found something that would be a perfect gift for her. I found the plans for a charging station that would allow her to plug in her I-Pod, cell phone, blackberry, etc. The plan was shown in Woodsmith Magazine, Volume 30/No 176 (April/May, 2008).
attracted me to the design was not only the basic purpose for which the
project was designed but the use of two different types of wood creating
a contrasting appearance in the final project. In the plan from the
magazine, both poplar and maple were used. The poplar pieces were
used to form the main body and were stained a dark walnut and the maple
was left natural and clear coated.
I started by cutting the back pieces and the side pieces from the walnut. The walnut board that I had in the shop was 3/4" X 12" X 48". I ripped the board to working widths and then planed it down to the 1/2" thickness called out in the project plan. I then used two sided tape to hold the two end pieces together while cutting the angles and drilling the hinge pin holes. While the sides were still taped together, I used a 1/4" forstner bit to cut the partial mortises for the bottom stretcher. After removing the tape, I made rabbets across the back of the side pieces and completed the final sanding of the two sides.
The remaining three pieces of the walnut parts (the bottom stretcher and two back pieces that forms the main body of the charging station) were then cut to size. A 1/4 inch wide X 1/4" deep groove was made into the upper back piece to hold an upper tray that was to be made out of one of the maple pieces. After final sanding of the walnut pieces, this part of the project had been completed and I assembled the pieces and set them aside to await the remaining maple parts to be made. At this point, the project looked like the photo above and to the right.
The access panel was kind of tough for me to make however, for a couple of reasons (1) my table saw is an older Rockwell Model 4-345 saw with a right tilting blade which I tend to get nervous about when making angled cuts. Starting with a 3/4" thick piece, I was required to make a 30° cut at 7/16" up from the bottom corner of the board and stop at 1/2" deep into the board. (2) I then had to set the board on its edge and rip the board up to where it met the 7/16" deep angled cut. I had not done this before and with the right tilting blade, it made the task scary and difficult for me. At any rate, I got the job done (even still have all my fingers). You can see the finished piece in the photo on the right.
support panel utilizes 1/8 inch brass pins that are held into the panel
by drilling holes at different spacings to accommodate various sized electronic
devices. The holes are drilled 1/4 inch deep into the panel with
1 1/8 inches protruding outward after they are pressed into the panel.
Once the pins were in place, I cut lengths of clear plastic tubing to slide
over the pins to protect instruments from getting scratched. The
access panel pivots on 1/8" brass pins and snaps shut into the sides of
the base by using 1/4" ball clasps (See left photo).
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