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Offline Packard

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Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« on: November 28, 2022, 04:03 PM »
I added a breakfast bar to the sunroom the other day and since it is the pass-through area from the garage, it became the logical place to recharge my IPhone and IPad.

I didn’t want to eat up any table so I added a wall-hugging shelf for the electronics.

The shelves themselves are made from 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” pine.  They are mounted on a piece of 1/4” thick birch plywood using glue only.  The power strip is mounted under the counter.

I had only space for 6-1/2” width, but that seems fine. 

I applied four coats of wipe on poly + one coat of butchers’ wax applied with 0000 steel wool. 

A small project finished on one evening, but I like it.  It suits the pared down Scandinavian modern look I am going for.

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Offline Packard

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2022, 04:06 PM »
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Offline neilc

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2022, 08:36 PM »
Nice and simple.  Where do the power cables connect to power?

Offline Packard

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2022, 10:12 AM »
The power supply is mounted underneath the counter.  Unfortunately the wires are visible  as are the chargers.

I originally planned on using a “conference table pass through” outlet.  These come pre-wired with a cord and a plug.  I only had to drill the hole and install it.  A tidy installation and fairly economical (I found them on for $30.00 to $50.00).

But I did not read all the specs carefully.  The most powerful charger listed 18 amps split between three outlets.  It would work, but I am used to the 20 amp versions I am currently using.  They would charge at least 3 times faster.  I might still make that change.  It depends how annoyed the visible chargers make me. 

If I were starting over, I would have used 3-1/2” stock to wrap the counter.  That would have hidden the chargers.

Offline krudawg

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2022, 09:51 PM »
That is cool. Well done
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Offline gunnyr

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2022, 08:50 AM »
Very nice and clean!  Bravo! [thumbs up] [thumbs up]
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Offline Packard

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Re: Wall-hugging shelf for my phone and IPad
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2022, 09:39 AM »
Thanks.  It has worked out well. 

If you ever decide to do something similar, first mount the chargers and attach the cables.  I did not do that.  The uppermost “shelf” is at the very limit of the cable I have.  If I had mounted the assembly a half inch higher, it would not have reached.

Of course longer cables are available, but I had never even checked before mounting the shelf unit.  I should have been smarter than that.

I was not planning to use the Apple cubes for charging.  As I noted above, I planned on using the unit that goes through a 2-1/2” hole in the work surface of the breakfast bar.  But the 12 amp charger (devised three ways is only 4 amps) would take forever to charge.

Charging time is relevant as Apple now advises not to charge overnight.  I though the reason would have been battery life, but I read recently, it is out of concern for fires.

The genuine Apple cubes are safe, but many people use other makes.  I am using Apple chargers, but I am still not charging overnight or when I leave the house.

Hey guys, don’t trash too many brain cells on New Year’s Eve, but do have a happy and healthy one.