DIY: Recycled CD iPhone Dock


Some of our readers will have seen the fun homemade iPhone accessories that we have made before, like the Pencil iPhone Stand and the Cardboard iPhone Dock, the latest one is a Dock for your iPhone or iPod made from some recycled CDs, the Recycled CD iPhone Dock.

I wanted to make a dock for the iPhone from stuff I had lying around the house, but I also wanted to make sure that it would look cool sat on my desk whilst my iPhone was charging ans syncing,  so I came up with the idea of using old CDs, you could also use DVDs as well.

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

I think it looks pretty good from the photos, and it is very easy to make, you can also use it for virtually any iPod and both the 2G and 3G iPhones, plus it will also work for the new iPhone 3GS.

 

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

 

To make your own you will need a Dremel, 11 to 12 CDs or DVDs, you will need 4/5 more disks than the height of your iPhone charging connector on the USB cable.

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

 

Mark out the width of the silver connector that goes into your iPhone on the center of one of the CDs.

Cut this out using a Dremel or similar so you can poke the silver connector through but not the whole connector end. Also make sure you can attach your iPhone and it starts charging.

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

The thickness of the disk should be OK but you may need to take off a little from disk to make a perfect fit depending on your charging connector cable.

recycled cd iPhone stand

Once you have done this mark the full width of the charging connector in the center of the next disk. Cut this out making sure the charging end will pass right thorough this disk but as a tight fit.

Repeat this process until you have enough disks stacked together so the bottom of the charging connector is flush with the last disk and the cable can lay flat across the disk.

recycled cd iPhone stand

Using another three or four disks depending on the thickness of your charging cable cut a channel going from the edge of the disk to the center a few millimeters wider than your cable.

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

Glue these together aligning the cut outs for the cable, then assemble the top part by gluing each disk and clamping firmly together to make them as tight as possible to the next.

Recycled CD iPhone Dock

Align all the cuts out and insert the charging connector into the stack of disks. Glue the cable channel disks to the bottom and the final untouched base disk or disks and clamp making sure there is no movement on the charging connector from the top or the iPhone will not start charging once you dock.

If there is movement remove one of the disks from the top stack and adjust accordingly.

The Recycled CD iPhone Dock is very easy to make, and I think it will look great on your desk

It is very cheap compared to the standard iPhone dock, which you now have to buy for $30, so you can save a few dollars with this DIY iPhone dock, plus you can also use it to charge and sync your iPod.

Check out some other cool iPhone dock’s and stands.

Feature – Make your own Cardboard iPhone Dock – Full Instructions

The Pencil iPhone Stand

NES Controller iPhone 3GS Dock

Tree Trunk iPhone Dock


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  • Keith

    This is OK, but it doesn’t offer any support for the actual iPhone. One good smack might produce enough leverage to break the case or pop it open. I’d feel better if they added another 5 cds and routed out a hole for the bottom of the phone to fit into.

  • http://www.intowindows.com Windows Boy

    Cool idea.

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  • http://lifehacker.com Josh

    Cool idea.

    Let me take it a step further…. You know that little white base your iPod came with (and you probably threw away immediately)? Well, dig out a well for it; glue it in, and presto! You’ve got a nice well for your iPod/iPhone to sit in.

    You’re welcome.
    (lol)

  • http://www.geeky-gadgets.com Fatgadget

    Hi Josh

    Thats a good idea, I hadn’t thought of that :)

  • Bob

    what if you want to use the usb, like when you travel,
    now you have to take this piece of junk dock with you (no offense)

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  • blah

    i hope everyone does this.

    and everyone will break their emo iphones.

  • Jason

    Very cool, I’ll be trying this tonight for sure!

  • http://www.robertdurgin.com Robert Durgin

    I found that a Fiji water bottle also works well as an IPhone dock.

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  • yourtruck

    Support the back in custom fashion, man.

    1. Have the cord come out the side instead of the back of the unit.
    2. Don’t glue any of your discs together, but stack them on the desk and position another, cooler disc behind it, standing on it’s edge – a production CD of say, SoundGarden’s SuperUnknown album (because it’s printed to look like a vinyl record – which instantly raises you to SuperGeek status).
    should look (something) like this head on:

    ( _ ) – soundgarden cd
    == – stacked discs

    3. Mark (lightly) the top of the stacked discs along the face of the soundgarden cd.
    4. Measure the length of that line. Ask me why, go ahead.
    5. Wait for it…
    6. On the stacked discs, mark that same line length along the center, just behind your connector.
    7. You see where I’m going, don’t you?
    8. Dremel that line down (which gets shorter each time) through the stacked discs, and then do all of your gluing – of course adding the last step of gluing your SoundGarden cd vertical into that slot.
    9. I did tell you to rip that disc first, didn’t I?

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  • http://abelviriyamaysumanas.blogspot.com abel

    can we use Blu-Ray CD’s?

  • http://kleargear.com/ Geek Toys

    Abel,

    Of course you can. As long as the discs are old enough to be recycled. :D

  • Untitled

    I was expecting something cooler than an iPhone glued to a stack of random CDs. It’s a bored design.

  • Sivert

    Josh, do you know what that little white base is for? Haven’t found a use for it yet.

  • http://www.webtlk.com Windows 7 tricks

    Nice article. Really loved the idea to use old cd to create new things! That’s what you call …recylcling!

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  • Sfreeee

    I made the attempt to build this thing, LOL, lets just say it’s functional at best.

  • Thomasbrockmans

    Very good idea,
    but you should realise that this looks like one of the worst ways of handling your iphone usb cable.
    Turning the cable like that, this close to the connector, will ruin the connectivity…

  • Little_devil_nikki

    good idea. thats what you call recycling. ive just done my dt hard (design technology) homework project on this!!

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