• The Do-It-Yourself iPhone Dock from recycled CD

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    If you have loads of unwanted CDs lying around your house, you can make yourself and iPhone or iPod dock and it is the best way to recycle instead of just throwing it away. It works well with DVDs too. To make one for yourself, you will need Dermel, 11 to 12 CDs or DVDs, you will also need 4/5 more disks than the height of your iPhone charging connector on the USB cable. Mark out the width of the silver connector that goes into your iPhone on the centre of one of the CD. Cut this out using a Dermel or similar so you can poke the silver connector through but not the whole connector end. Make sure you can attach your iPhone and it starts charging. The thickness of the disk might be ok but you might need to take off a little from the disk to make a perfect fit depending on your charger connecting cable. Once this is completed, mark the full width of the charging connector in the center of the next disk. Cut this out making sure the charging end will pass right through the disk but will be a tight fit too. Repeat this process until you have stacked enough disks so the bottom of the charging connector is flush with the last disk and the cable can lay flat across the disk.

    Using another three or four disks and depending on the thickness of your charging cable, cut a channel going from the edge of the disk to the center a few millimeters wider than your cable. Glue these together aligning the cut outs for the cable, then assemble the top part by gluing each disk and clamping firmly together to make them as tight as possible to the next. Align all the cutouts and insert the charging connector into the stack of disks. Glue the cable channel disks to the bottom and the final untouched base disk and clamp making sure that there is no movement on the charging connector from the top else your iPhone will not get charged. It is relatively really easy to make and pretty cheap when compare to the $30 you will have to shell out for the standard iPhone Dock. Go ahead try it out, it will look great on your desk.

    Posted in Topics:Recycle, Tags: , on June 16, 2009