Wabi Sabi Design: Make an iPhone/iPod dock from wood
This is a little rustic for some, but I love my new dock made from a chunk of 150-year-old cedar fence that had been decommissioned. I cut the end off and carved it out with a Dremel, a chisel and a Forstner bit. Then anchored the connector in some Sugru (silicone-based putty that dries to a nice tough resilient consistency) and let it cure overnight.
More details below:
Above: The pre-Sugru state of affairs.
Below: Sugru installed (I ended up changing to a white easy-release connector.)
Below: After Dremeling out the channel for the cable I used a bit of leftover Sugru to hoist the right corner since I hadn't necessarily cut the piece of wood square (everything is a prototype with me, plus I was caught up in the fires of creation).
Below: Staples make nice low-profile cleats for securing the cable, and they sink easily into the endgrain.