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13th May 2014, 08:32 PM   |  #1  
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So, a few months ago I came across this DIY post by kidgenius, and my inner artist totally got inspired. Thanks, kidgenius! I have decided right then and there I want to design and make one myself. I am a 3D animator by trade, so design and modeling the charger in the computer is really simple for me. To actually make it, besides the basic on-the-fly-engineering that most handy person are capable of, I have basically no experience in engineering, machining of any sort. Greatest thing we have now I consider to be the internet. In a few basic search terms, I was presented with more reading material than I can digest in a short amount of time. So for the following 2 solid weeks, I was learning as much as I can about the whole range of topics in order to continue this project.

Now, five months later, after spending the amount of money would usually invoke the Hulk in most spouses on machines, tools, softwares and materials, I have finally something to show for.

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Charging horizontally



Ok, shameless plug time. Hoping to recoup some of the cost of this project, and to provide a product hopefully some may also like, I've put two different designs of the chargers on my Etsy store. These chargers take about 2-6 hours of setup and machine time and about an hour of hand finishing here in Illinois, USA. If you have any comments, I'd love to hear what you guys think.
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14th May 2014, 03:30 AM   |  #2  
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Dude that's awesome. I'd buy one but, my wife would kill me for spending that much on a charger. On another note, I grew up in AH, BG class of 98. Out in Glenview now.
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14th May 2014, 04:04 AM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by Lokke9191

Dude that's awesome. I'd buy one but, my wife would kill me for spending that much on a charger.

same
14th May 2014, 04:51 AM   |  #4  
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This looks great. Is it just the wood design that is different between the 2 chargers?

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14th May 2014, 04:51 AM   |  #5  
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Thanks. Very nice town. I used to work there while I was in college.

EDIT: Apparently, I need to work on my reply skill on xda. This is to Lokke9191.
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14th May 2014, 05:00 AM   |  #6  
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This looks great. Is it just the wood design that is different between the 2 chargers?

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Yeah, I started with the design with all the non-parallel edges, angles and concave surfaces, and it turn out to be really difficult to machine. So I have simplified to a design that's a bit easier to make but still keep the same general look and feel. They both function the same as a nexus 5 charger.
14th May 2014, 09:34 AM   |  #7  
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Oh man that is beautiful! May I ask, what QI charger did you use in this stand? Did you take the Nexus Wireless Charger and embedded it in wood or the coil+circuitboard from the other thread?
The QI standard accepts a 5 mm looseness between the phone and the base, how did you take this into account?
How are the two pieces attached (the base and the slope), i.e. does it last?
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14th May 2014, 09:38 AM   |  #8  
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Man this charger is awesome!
but very expensive
14th May 2014, 01:32 PM   |  #9  
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Man this charger is awesome!
but very expensive

Dude, it's hand-made. What were you expecting?
14th May 2014, 03:39 PM   |  #10  
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Dude, it's hand-made. What were you expecting?

Thank you for understanding. Each one actually take me 3-4 nights from start to finish, and each one is made to order. After the material cost, I make less than minimum wage per hour on these. I do them because they are the product of love. If I have to make hundreds of them, I will probably find help in mass produce them and adjust the price accordingly.

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