Because I was sick of having my phone simply lay there on the desk – especially when I had the earphones connected to it and wanted to listen to some music (or perhaps watch a video?) – I decided to get myself a phone holder. The thing is I wanted something simple, stilish and without any charger or dock functionality. Seing as how I couldn’t find anything close to this in shops I took matters into my own hands and came up with this:

wooden-smartphone-holder-1

The holder is made out of pressed wood and cut out with a fretsaw (an awesome tool which I hadn’t used in a long, long time). The hard part was doing the math to check the size and the angle, but then again it gave me a change to do some more geometry (which I love). After all was said and done, I made the template, multiplied it and transferred it with carbon paper onto the wood. All that was left was to put the fretsaw to work and get these pieces:

Vector template
Vector template: Prepared in Adobe Illustrator
Raw cutouts
Raw cutouts: Fretsawing done and ready for sanding

Altough I wanted to keep a light look, I was reluctant to buy a whole can of varnish just for a couple or two of these phone holders and did my best with some varnish I got from my work coleague. After carefully painting a few layers, the holders gradually darkened their color and got shinier:

Assembling
Assembling: Making sure all pieces fit together
Varnish
Varnish: Just a few coats change everything

It ended up looking pretty good and it does what it’s supposed to do: holds your phone on the desk and is complemently¬†disassemblable and portable. If you want to give it a try for yourself, I made the template available as a downloadable archive in the menu to the right. Cheers!

Varnish tones
Varnish tones: More coats make for darker tones

Download wooden-smartphone-holder.zip

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