Accessories Car Dock Small and Sturdy Home Made All Aluminum

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CM67, May 28, 2010.

  1. CM67

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    I wanted something minimal and small that I could also bang on the keys of the phone and it wouldnt move, I wanted it low profile because I have a colum shift in my truck, but also wanted it as close to me as possible.

    I made this entirely out of aluminum and its screwed together, all screws are countersunk so they are flush on the back, the entire bracket weighs just over a half ounce, its actually .6 of one ounce

    Then used automotive grade flocking and automotive grade flocking adhesive for inside the aluminum channel so it would wear well and not scratch, was going to glue some felt in there but that was just not going to be something durable and looked bad, so I stepped up and flocked it.

    I used automotive grade 3M gray attachment tape so its has a very strong adhesion, but yet can be removed fairly easily with some heavy fishing line or piano wire or an old guitar string by using it like a saw, then simply cleaning it up with some solvent or goo gone, then put a new peice of tape on it and it's good for the next vehicle.

    I painted the aluminum with an automotive grade satin black paint, the kind thats on the outside of car around the windows or on trim parts.

    Don't want to say how much I have in making this, but yeah its alot, but trial and error and invention costs money I found out lol

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    Notice the framing of the rails that go up, they do not cover any of the screen ... I cut the front part of these long ways to be as minimal as I could, they are just wide enough that the phone is very secure, but wouldn't protrude into the screen at all ... the phone slides in an out of this easily, yet the channel length and the inner size makes it so it does not move when you need to dial a number or whatever you need to touch the screen for.

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    Is it strong? Yes I would say it is, this mount only has one peice of the 3M tape along the very bottom back ... check out the 5 pound sledge hammer sitting on it lol

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    Here's one that I made and used red flocking ... the back of the bottom rail is where the 3M attachment tape goes, basically right over the screws, but because they are flush, they have no effect on adhesion.

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    I had this one temporarily attached only because the red didn't look right in my truck, so I have the black one above in there for use now.

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  2. Liquoredolce

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    Looks great, here's to hoping you never want a case! haha
     
  3. Liquoredolce

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    PS, with all that metal, it looks like it costs more than most of the components on that toyota truck haha ;)


    -Chevy Truck Guy
     
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  4. jamor

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    Very cool good job man!
     
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  5. CM67

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    Well I also have a wider channel ready to go lol .. I purchased lots of different sizes of aluminum, I got bigger sizes because I thought hey you don't want to be without one if you get a case you better buy some wider stuff too lol
     
  6. Nicaragüense

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    Looks nice and clean!! Shows what can be done with some good 'ol know how!
     
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  7. Liquoredolce

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    Man you're way ahead of me!!


    Now on that truck issue...hahahaha :p
     
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  8. Bug Splat

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    Looks great. I made a very similar mount for my Zune (before it was stolen). You got me thinking of modifying my zune mount for my DI. Well done.
     
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  9. CM67

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    lol its all about the truck lol
     
  10. windycity

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    Maybe it will make it easier to call for help when your Toyota won't stop.
     

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