How to build your own Wooden phone dock?

When I added this project to the Blog pipeline, I assumed it would involve hammering one piece of wood into another. I didn’t really have an idea in mind, but I was pretty sure that during the course, it could be something simple.

Simplicity was key ! Handsaw, hammer, an electric sander/planner, a drill and router.

My Pro phone contract expired 2 month ago and I used it as an opportunity to leave this terrible phone provider and sign up with a new one. It’s such an elegant little device and the camera alone is great!

I improvised like crazy to build this phone dock, so it didn’t make sense to take step-by-step photos. But if you came here to learn how to make a wooden phone dock these tips might help.


  • A piece of wood

  • Lightning cable

  • Dremel or rotary hand tool

  • Hot glue gun

  • Drill

  • Router

  • handsaw

  • Some oil for wood


  • I chose a section of wood that looked interesting, and used my table saw and hand saw to cut off the slice I needed. This would have been much easier with a circular saw to be honest!

  • The router helped me to create the curve and the canal to insert the cable

  • I started to carve out the recess for the phone by eyeballing it, and as I got closer to the finish line I drew some pencil guidelines to make sure that it was even.

  • I drilled a hole in the center of the recessed groove, and gave it a slight lean so that the phone would sit at a bit of an angle for ease of viewing. I used a drill bit for the hole, which was perfect for the head of the lightning cable to fit through. It worked!

  • Then it was time to heat up the hot glue gun. I spent some time deciding how much of the lightning cable I wanted poking out of the dock and testing it thoroughly with my phone. I also came up with a strategy for setting the cable in place, since I knew I would only have a few seconds to place it once I’d added glue.

  • I sanded both sides of the wood slice. I opted for a more natural look to suit the rough edges and those beautiful deep cracks.

  • Fill the remaining gaps in the hole with hot glue, and when it’s cool flip it over and do the same at the bottom.

Flatten the base somehow. Add the pretty wooden pallet coaster from one of the last project and here we are, A beautiful design wooden dock!


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