My Quick n' Dirty DIY iPhone 5 Charging Dock - Done!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by inaka, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. inaka macrumors 6502

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    Got my iPhone 5 on Wednesday, and I love it.
    Flawless and such a nice bump up from the iPhone 4.

    I fully expected to use a bumper on it, but the iPhone 5 is so elegantly designed for the first time ever, I'm using the phone NAKED.

    But that means instead of sliding it on my table, I'm going to need a dock. Since Apple has no plans as of yet to make an iPhone 5 dock, I just converted the USB lightening cable into a charging dock with some crap wood, screws, sandpaper, and paint:

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    I purposely made it a bit taller/deeper than most for stability, and I admit, it's kind of ugly, but hey, it does the job until a real dock is made available.

    I suck at woodworking, and it took about an hour and a half. I snapped some pics during the process is anyone is interested.

    All in all, I'm pretty happy with it until someone better comes along!
     

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  2. Elevon macrumors regular

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    Good job you did there and very well put together!

    My iPhone 5's just lying on the table atm haha :p
     
  3. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!

    haha I know, I was going to just leave mine on the table too, but going naked with no case/bumper, it just didn't feel right.
     
  4. mr lee macrumors member

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    Very nicely done!! :D

    I'm assuming you really don't need the functionality of the home button on the dock correct? :confused:
     
  5. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I don't need the home button in the dock.
    I can always just drill out that area if I do, but I really don't.
     
  6. The Afroman macrumors regular

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    That looks nice. can you post some pictures of it with out the phone? can you pull it out without bringing the cable with you? pictures of the bottom? i guess i want to see how it;s made see if i can make one too :):eek:
     
  7. jeme macrumors regular

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    That looks great I would love to see construction pics. Nice job!
     
  8. iamartimus macrumors 6502

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    Nice! Please post construction pics too! #
     
  9. inaka, Oct 8, 2012
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    inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sure, no problem.

    Here are some construction pics. Again, I really don't know wood working at all.

    At first I just grabbed a piece of scrap and then measured the width of the phone. Drilled a hole at each end of the scrap using a 19/64" drill bit:

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    Then just kept drilling along the line connecting the two holes.
    Then filed it down a bit with a slight bevel on one side so it leaned back.

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    On the bottom I just filed a groove for the cord:
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    Took two more pieces of scrap wood and taped them together.
    Drilled a hole through each of them with a 5/16" drill bit for the lightening connector, and stuck it in place by filling the entire hole with a glue gun:

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    Screwed all the pieces together in the corners and then cut off the trim:
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  10. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sanded and painted it. Then after the Saints/Chargers game tonight, thanks to the idea from this thread, just in case I used a Dremel to notch out a smooth groove for the home button just in case I want to use the phone which is locked in the dock:

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    Again, it's kind of ugly, but it fits like a glove and really locks into place.
    Should hold me over for quite a few months until a better option is available.

    If anyone wants to make a similar one and has scrap wood lying around, it's a nice cheap option. Works great!
     

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  11. The Afroman macrumors regular

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    NIce. I like it. If the one i ordered from etsy for 12 bucks doesn't work out.. i will jump on making this.
     
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    A little American ingenuity and the K.I.S.S. theory in action. Great job, I like it as well.
     

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