1. jessekosten's Avatar
    Well everybody, I have had my Otterbox for about two months now and I still love it. My only major annoyance was the lack of a charging cradle or holder for my night stand. Today, as I had to repair a sprinkler line with PVC, I had an idea. Why not use a large "tee" to make a cradle.

    The only required materials are the "tee" (1 1/2" and $1.37 at Home Depot in northern CA) and paint which can be optional.

    The tools that I used were a common hand saw and a file.

    Three very simple steps to make this cradle.

    Step one: Cut the top off. I measured the angle from the table and it is about 12-15 degrees, but can be customized to anyone's preference. This cut should be done first or the side cuts will be harder.

    Step Two: Cut the side out for cable access.

    Step Three: Use file to clean up and de-burr the edges.

    Optional: Spray paint with a custom color.

    The following pictures are of the multiple steps and finished product sprayed with gray primer and both my wife's and my storms.
    Last edited by jessekosten; 06-17-09 at 05:50 PM.
    06-17-09 12:34 AM
  2. Polychrome's Avatar
    I had a cusotmer request one of those Otterboxes today. How well do they work?
    06-17-09 12:40 AM
  3. jessekosten's Avatar
    I have enjoyed my Otterbox. It is a large case and only works well on the belt case. If you put it into your pocket the out layer grabs fabric and can be hard to remove quickly from a pocket. I will strongly recommend using the program Quickpull which can be found in the Appworld. The sound is quieter than normal but my last phone was a Boulder by Casio. I miss the water proof factor.
    06-17-09 12:49 AM
  4. ahern090's Avatar
    hey nice job man. i have an ob case too, but i find myself using it only for when i coach lacrosse...

    one suggestion would be use some type of lining on this cradle so the storm fits more snug. or so u dont have to worry about scratches if u take ur phone of the cradle too fast(ur hands also, not just the ob)
    but ya once again great job
    06-17-09 12:59 AM
  5. jessekosten's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. It is defiantly in stage one of its development, so maybe I could add felt or something similar to the inside. I also want to glue it to a larger base, but for less than two dollars it is still very functional.
    06-17-09 01:13 AM
  6. fubaracing7374#CB's Avatar
    Thats what I am trying to find is a case that goes into the pocket nicely...nothing that grabs fabric...but cool invention on the battery charging stand
    06-17-09 08:07 AM
  7. jhendrickson's Avatar
    Looks good. Also looks like it might be time to dust.
    06-17-09 08:09 AM
  8. jessekosten's Avatar
    Looks good. Also looks like it might be time to dust.
    Yes the night stand on my wifes side on the bed does need to be cleaned.

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    06-17-09 11:59 AM