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December 07, 2010

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:

The cedar had a bit of dry rot on the right side so there's a wabi sabi flare to the mortise, but whadya expect for a tree that was born at least 200 years ago and never expected to be an iPhone dock?


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.



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