Custom Wood Phone Charging Cradle

After getting a new phone recently due to a volume switch that was out of place, and my inability to solder well, I had a problem. Actually, I’d had the problem for a while with my last phone, but I couldn’t seem to get it to plug in correctly, and when I finally did, it was facing away from me. What I needed was some sort of cradle that I could put it in, sort of like what’s seen in the illustration above.

I could shop online for a cradle for my phone, but I really didn’t. Instead I designed and build one myself out of wood as seen in the video below. That’s always easier, right?

Perhaps it’s not easier, but it was a fun project, and one that wouldn’t be too hard to make, even without a CNC router. I made the device in three layers, which you can see in the video laid out in Draftsight. The yellow represents the middle piece of wood, and the red and white layers sandwich the micro USB connector inside (The DXF drawing file is available here if you’d like to make your own). Finally, Read more »

“Mid-Year” Blogging Update

So now that it is firmly into August, I thought it’d be a good time to update where the “media empire” is going. As you’ve probably noticed, my posts here have slowed down quite a bit in the last few years, substituted by a lot or writing for other sites (just search “Jeremy S. Cook” to see what comes up, or see my prortfolio here) as well as a renewed focus on YouTube videos.

Regardless of that, as of this writing, has to date received just shy of 1.2 million pageviews, and the Jeremy S. Cook YouTube channel just received both its millionth view, and thousandth subscriber! While I’ve improved both in presentation ability and stats, this is still quite minuscule compared to bigger YouTube channels, so I have a long way to go.

It’s strange how we tend to compare ourselves Read more »

Iso-Path Board Game CNC Build

My latest build, a board game called Iso-path, was invented by another YouTuber called “Pocket83,” which he built using manual tools such as a table saw. As I don’t have the same sort of woodworking skills as “Pocket,” and a general aversion to table saws, I instead constructed one with my CNC router.

There were several challenges with building this, including quite a bit of deburring due to my questionable router setup, and, as seen around 1:40 in the video, I had to undercut the side pieces to allow the round cutting but to accommodate the sharp edges of each hexagon.

Once everything fit together, it was time to color and treat the wood. For the bottom, I left the wood natural, and just used urethane. The smaller hexagons—37 of them—and the four “neutral” sides I stained to set them apart.

It’s funny, I feel like Read more »