Hi all! For the first time in awhile, I was on the receiving end of a handmade gift instead of the giver – for Christmas I received a nice surprise in the form of a diy wood phone stand courtesy of my sister in law who must have gotten bit by the creative bug not too long ago. She said she followed a Pinterest tutorial to learn how to do it, and I thought I’d share it here!
I even made a nice printable measurement guide (I keep it in my password-protected resource library; scroll to the bottom of this post to find it) to make it easier, if you’d like to make one yourself!
It is made to keep your smartphone in easy reach – and there is room next to it to set memo notes, or other items -no more wondering where you put all that important stuff! That little brass hook in the corner, I suspect that is made for your keys.
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Cool huh? Aren’t handmade gifts always the best kind of gifts? One minor criticism (which I will keep to myself ) – is it’s a little top-heavy, which I discovered when I needed to turn my tablet around longwise. But other than that little flaw, I thought she did a nice job!
It’s real wood and all, stained and has that “fresh wood smell”. I guess creativity is a thing that runs in families.Upon closer inspection, she didn’t use any kind of glue; this is two pieces of wood with notches that connect together.
From what I’ve heard, these are pretty hot right now…some are being made to adapt to phone docking ports. So if you’d like to craft your own diy wood phone stand, here is what you need!
- 2 scraps of wood close in size and about 0.75″ inch thick (mine measures 10″ by 11″
for the larger piece, and 5″ wide by 11″ for the smaller one.)
- Miter or other type of specialized table saw
- Fine or medium grit sandpaper
- Paint or stain
- The printable pattern I made with all the dimensions included – you can use as a guide.
it’s at the bottom of this post.
That’s pretty much everything you’ll need – if you want to make your eventual stand a little bit bigger or smaller you can but strive for a thickness of about three-fourths of an inch so it will be nice and sturdy.
The measurements for where you’ll need to cut the notches, though, I would stick with and not modify, so the pieces will fit together after cutting them.
Feel free to use those measurements below as guidelines. Two pieces of wood with notches in the middle so they interlock together. That’s it, in a nutshell!
I made this discovery and laid the pieces out – and measured them too, so I could give you the best possible blueprint to draw from.
You’ll have to excuse Sputnik the cat. His curiosity gets piqued whenever I start doing something new or unusual.
I’m not, I repeat, I’m NOT an expert on instruments like saws, so I don’t want to give bad information there, but I do want to mention that this design most likely will involve the use of a special saw. It was my brother -in-law that did the actual sawing part;he used a table saw to cut the pieces and the notches. I found this out the last time I called, and asked about the tools they used.
Don’t forget, my printable phone stand pattern will help you get accurately measured wood pieces. Fill out the form below to get access:
Short of making this necklace holder, my woodworking skills are limited. If you have something like that on hand, you should be good to go.
Using the guidelines above measure and cut the notches – if the numbers above are hard to read, the notches on each piece of wood are three-fourths of an inch thick.
Be sure to sand the notched out areas well. and blow off the remaining dust. The most fun part will no doubt be the staining. You can make it any color you want; it can be a conservative one like this or you can go all out with some bold colors! I have some good recommendations here if you’re not sure what kind of paint to use.
You can also use some type of made-for-wood stain like Minwax, which will preserve the beauty of the wood, which is what I believe was used for my gift!
It should set up for a few days drying before you attempt to put your new stand to use. To be honest, I usually just keep my mail on it as I’ve also got another kind of smartphone holder – this one I did make 🙂
When your pieces are thoroughly dry, just insert the smaller piece into the larger piece via the center notches and push them together until they are fully flush. Voila – a gorgeous diy phone stand, and no glue needed!
Enjoy your new stand, use it for your phone, your keys, memo pads, whatever you usually need to grab before you head out the door!