Sunday, January 06, 2008

Charging Station

I've grown increasingly tired of all the cords that have been cluttering up our house. Every gadget has its own: cell phone, GPS system, ipod, ect. I was too cheap to purchase this one from pottery barn (below), but I did find several homemade boxes after a brief internet search. A couple homemade versions:

So I decided to construct my own:

Here is the box (I borrowed it from one of the gift baskets that we received from work). We drilled the holes in the top and one in the back for the power strip cord.


Drilling the holes


Inserting the power stripMaking holes in the ribbon so the cords can fit through

Applying labels
The finished product!

4 comments:

  1. The box looks great and like a great idea!...just remember to turn off the power strip when you're not charging anything! Adapters that are plugged in use quite a bit of electricity even when they aren't charging anything.

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  2. Oh, good idea. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. Sonja - will you please let me know where you found the examples/instructions on the other DIY charging stations? I actually saw the page about the 2nd one on your site but can't find it now. Thanks for your help!

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  4. Hi Bev,
    Well, fiddlesticks, I can't find it either. I wasn't so good at citing my sources back then, unfortunately. Here are the instructions for the second homemade version:

    http://lifehacker.com/photogallery/Top-10-DIY-office-projects/2061709

    Judging by the photo of the 1st charging station(double click to enlarge), she took an existing box (maybe a photo box?)and cut one large hole in the back. That's pretty much what I did except with a couple extra holes.


    Here is a more complicated version (with a video):

    http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2008-06/popsci-5-minute-project-gadget-charging-station

    Pick a box, cut some holes, and you're ready to go! Good luck.
    Sonja

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