Project: DIY charging station

Project: DIY charging station

If your house seems to have as many USB-powered devices as electrical outlets then you know it can get messy at times. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a central location for all of these devices that was free of clutter? Join us today as we build a charging station!

The first thing we need to do is get a USB charger. We picked out this one from RAVpower.

We went to the local home improvement store and decided to use poplar wood but there are of course other options.  You could use oak if you wanted or maybe even some repurposed pallet wood!  The dimensions will depend on the size of your charger.  For our project we went with 1 piece of 1/4″ x 6″ x 2′ and 2 pieces of 1/2″ x 2″ x 2′ poplar.

After cutting the 1/4″ x 6″ to fit our USB charger (we did 9.5″ for 6 ports) we needed to make the tops.

We cut 7 blocks for the top, aligned them and then glued them.  Shop Class Dad used the nail gun to drive the initial brad nails.  This way everyone gets to have fun.  

They are laid out like sideways dominoes!




After setting up the tops it is time to glue them into place and then… NAIL GUN TIME!!!

After everything is glued and nailed, this is what the charging station looks like so far:

Now it’s time to add some color!  We decided on Rustoleum Charcoal Chalked Ultra Matte Paint.

After painting and waiting to dry we are DONE.  For a project that took a 10 year old and 13 year old less than 2 hours to build, we are EXTREMELY happy with the results!  And Mrs. Shopclass will finally have a little less clutter to deal with!

Here is the final product.  A fully functioning, DIY, USB charging station. We have been extremely impressed so far.  The devices we’ve tested all charge rapidly, even when multiple units are plugged in.

This 6 port charging station has room for 2 more devices!

The boys are asking if anyone would pay for these.  We feel that if the process was streamlined and they put even more effort into the next ones then yes, some people would probably pay for these.

So if you are interested, you can buy one of these from us, which will definitely be cheaper than some of the $60 units out there that do the same thing but are made of plastic. Feel free to email joshua@shopclasskids.com if you are interested.

 

If you want to build one yourself, here is a list of everything we used:

  • (1) piece of 1/4″ x 6″ x 2′ poplar
  • (2) pieces of 1/2″ x 2″ x 2′ poplar
  • wood glue
  • brad nailer
  • 5/8″ brad nails
  • charcoal chalked paint
  • paintbrush
  • 6 port USB charger
  • 6 pack USB cables




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