That's the second big cut completed. The device dock section will be nestled into that hole when it's stuck down to the base stand.
First carpet cuts done. Will trim them in-situ to ensure a neat fit.
Not looking forward to this bit of the operation - cutting and fitting the anti-static carpet. I need to cut out a rather odd shape and if I make a mess of it, the end product will look completely crap.
The next big cut is into the bottom of the document tray. I'm planning on making the station non-symetrical to provide more usable surface area for keys, wallets, spare change etc. The void under the "device dock" (pen holder) is on the right, so I need to cut the hole in the centre of the "base stand" (document tray).
Will have to ensure all of the corners and edges are rounded/smoothed so as not to damage any of the cables.
First hacks completed! Never said I was particularly good with the rotary tool.
Under the Post-It(tm) note platform is a very handy void which provides the necessary access to the base of the vertical sections. Here I started by chopping to create the duct through which all of the low voltage cables will be routed.
By poking the flexible drave shaft of the rotary tool down the adjacent verticle sections (to the left) I will be able to cut out small rectangles to pass the cables through.
Working in very confined spaces, it is going to be much easier if I use the flexible extension arm today. It's not a Dremel, BTW, but a Ryobi ERK24100VK
I think I'm ready to get started.
This clear, acetone-based glue will be used to stick the carpet to the base (document tray). $3.99 from Bunnings.
A 30cm x 1m offcut of anti-static carpet (from Bunnings) will give the charging station a nice look and feel, I hope. A bit hard to tell in this photo, but it's basically black with a light grey fleck through it.
For a while now I've wanted to buy or build a home to house the mains chargers for all of our consumer electronic items - mobile phones, media players, GPS etc. You know, to get rid of cable clutter.
Yesterday, while looking around at Officeworks a possible design solution jumped out at me (metaphorically-speaking of course). All of those gloss black plastic desk accessories must have a secondary use, I thought. The pen/pad holder and document trays looked particularly repurposeable.
It's time to fire up the rotary tool and see what I can come up with.