How to Make a Wooden Phone Stand

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These days, it seems like everyone has a phone glued to their hand, myself included. Whether we’re watching videos, video calling friends, or just scrolling endlessly, they’re always by our side.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably found yourself wishing for a better way to prop up your phone, especially when you’re binge-watching your favorite shows or following along with a recipe in the kitchen. That’s where a wooden phone stand comes in handy. It’s a simple yet thoughtful solution that can make life a little bit easier.

This project is pretty easy to make, whether for yourself or as a thoughtful gift to a friend. So, grab your tools, put on some relaxing music, and let’s make a phone stand.

Cut List

Hard Wood

Qty

Dimensions (Inch)

Thickness

Phone Bearing

1

8-1/2 x 4-1/2

1/2

Phone Support

1

4 x 4

1/2

Materials

Item

Qty

Specification

Wood glue

1

 

Wood stain

1

 

Wood varnish

1

polyurethane

Sandpaper

4

80, 150, 220, and 320 grit

Tools

Process

Rich cutting the necessary pieces for the phone stand

Step 1

Begin by cutting out all the necessary pieces for the phone stand. Then, sand each piece with 80 and 150-grit sandpaper to achieve a smooth surface.

Using a scroll saw to define the shape of the phone stand.

Step 2

Utilize a Jig Saw or Scroll Saw along with a chisel to create the desired shape for the phone stand.

Rich using a flat file to refine the pieces of the phone stand.

Pro Tip: If you find that your pieces don’t fit together, don’t fret. You can use a flat file to refine the pieces for a snug fit.

Rich sanding the top and bottom edges of the phone stand.

Step 3

Round the top and bottom edges of the phone stand for a more polished appearance. Sand all surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper to refine the finish.

Step 4

Optionally, apply stain to enhance the appearance of the phone stand. Then, varnish it with polyurethane at least twice for protection. After applying the first layer of varnish, sand it lightly with 320-grit sandpaper for a smoother finish.

Rich assembling the pieces of the phone stand.

After that, you’re ready to assemble the pieces! If you find that the fit is a little loose, you can apply a dot of glue as you’re putting the pieces together.

Final Thoughts

On the whole, this phone stand is a neat little project you can do when you want something easy. While the challenge may lie in achieving the perfect snug fit, a few adjustments – like the ones I made with a flat file – can easily remedy any issues. On the other hand, if the fit is a bit loose, a dot of glue can secure everything in place.

Despite its simplicity, this project leaves plenty of room for creativity, especially if you’re making it as a gift. Consider personalizing it with a name or a meaningful design to add an extra special touch. So, whether you’re making this phone stand for yourself or someone else, just have fun with it.

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Rich is a second-generation woodworker, having grown up in his dad’s workshop, “making sawdust.” Fifty years later, he’s still studying and working on improving his own woodworking skills, while also helping new woodworkers “catch the bug” for the smell of fresh sawdust. While Rich has done some custom woodworking projects, his greatest thrill is helping the next generation of woodworkers along, regardless of their age. His background as an engineer and a writer just adds to his ability to teach his true passion, woodworking.

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