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How to Make an iPhone Dock Out of Old CDs

Complement your shiny, high-tech phone with a shiny, low-tech dock made with your own two hands.


  • Step 1: Mark and cut Mark and trace the size of the end piece of the USB charging cable on the center of a CD with your pen, horizontally through the CD's center hole, and cut the outline using the cutting tool. Make the hole wide enough to fit the connector, but not the insulated area above it.
  • TIP: Test to see that you can plug in your iPhone through the opening, making sure that it will charge.
  • Step 2: Mark and cut again Mark the size of the entire connector end of the charger onto the center of the next disk and cut out the outline.
  • Step 3: Repeat Repeat on successive disks until there are enough disks that, when stacked, they are flush with the bottom of the connector and allow the cable to lie flat across the bottom disk. Then glue the disks together.
  • Step 4: Cut cable channel Make a separate stack of three or four more disks, depending on the diameter of your cable, and glue them together. Measure and cut a channel slightly wider than the cable from the edge to the center of the disks.
  • Step 5: Assemble Align the cut-outs for the charging cable, insert the cable, and glue the two stacks together.
  • Step 6: Glue Glue a final, unaltered disk to the bottom of the stack to hide the cable channel.
  • Step 7: Charge and sync Connect the cable to your computer and charge and sync your iPhone in style
  • FACT: More than 1.5 billion applications were downloaded in the first year of Apple's App Store, which works with the iPhone and iPod touch.

You Will Need

  • USB charging cable
  • 11 to 12 CDs
  • Pen
  • Rotary cutting tool
  • Strong glue

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