Mother of Invention
2016-07-15 Phone Cradle
While Tim is helming the Enterprise I'm frequently in back working on
my project du jour. I use that term because we're in Quebec and it
sounds French. Sometimes Tim needs me to look something up on the
phone's Map which is a pain because of the charging cord and view angle.
A minor problem, to be sure, but I had some wood leftover from a recent
prop repair and an idea.
I put our wood working tools to use. Admittedly, I probably
should have waited til we stopped but I wanted it NOW. So I got to
drawing, then cutting, then gluing and, within about 30 minutes, had my
phone holder. It didn't work at first so I glued on some modifications.
Ahhh, now it works brilliantly! I tape it to the table, like
everything else here, and it works better yet.
Version 2 will be even better. It'll take a different piece of scrap
wood that I think we may have. Improvements will be:
- The point at the bottom will be open so I can get at both
the charge cord and center button easier.
- I know the dimensions necessary for balance now and can cut the
wood accordingly. As long as it hooks the phone at its base, I don't
need the upper extensions.
- The hooks on this one are probably a bit fragile so I'll make
those a little thicker.
I'm not motivated enough at the moment but, if version 1 breaks, I
probably will be.
OK, I should probably get off of Tim's phone internet.