In this How To project, young woodworker, Gabriel Clark, shows you how to make a simple yet cool wooden smartphone stand and speaker. 

Watch our child friendly video tutorial, as he shows you how to make this portable speaker with just a few scraps of wood and some simple hand tools. Or follow our detailed step by step guide below, if you access to basic workshop machinery.

Wooden Phone Stand and Speaker

Requiring zero electricity, the design employs natural acoustics to amplify the sound from your phone's speaker, while safely cradling your phone at the same time. What’s not to love? Enjoy hands free music at a comfortable decibel level with our latest How To project!

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Phone Stand and Speaker plans

Part 1 – Get organised

Gather together all of your materials and tools needed. We chose some Tulip wood offcuts.

Tulip wood offcuts
Tulip wood offcuts

Part 2 – Size materials and plane

Rip down to size either on a bandsaw or table. If you don't have either, you can adapt the plans to suit the size of timber you can buy pre-cut. Here's the rough sawn timber, cut and ready for planing.

Part 3 – Thickness the timber

Next, because the pieces will be cut into small lengths, go straight into thicknessing the timber down to size. There's no need to surface plan first. Here, it is important though that you edge one side to work off of. If you do not have a planer, just use a hand plane instead.

If following our template, please see the sizes below.

10mm top and bottom
25mm centre section

Part 4 – Mark out

Now it is time to mark out the shape with a set of dividers or compass. Alternatively, use the drawings in this how to to create your own card template.

Marking out
Marking out

Part 5 – Cut to length

Next, cut the centre of the phone speaker to length using a bandsaw or hand saw.

Cutting the centre of the speaker
Cutting the centre of the speaker

Part 6 – Mark out

Mark the centre line along the grain. Now mark the centre line across the grain in preparation to mark the shape of the phone stand (speaker).

Part 7 – Measure

Measure your phone for thickness and width. Then position and mark.

Measure your phone
Measure your phone

Part 8 – Mark out

Use a teacup to mark out the curved speaker lines. Make sure everything is clearly visible before going to the bandsaw.

Part 9 – Cut the centre

Cut the centre to shape using a bandsaw, scrollsaw or handsaw.

Cutting the centre
Cutting the centre

Part 10 – Sand

Sand the centrepiece to a good finish on the disc sander. For the areas you cannot reach use a rasp and file then use an abrasive.

Part 11 – Top section

Now is the time to start on the top section. Firstly, mark out according to the line drawings. Please do not worry about the bottom section as this can be cut cut later. There's no need for it to be marked out

Marking out the top section
Marking out the top section

Part 12 – Drill holes

The top section will have a slot cut out to take the phone. To make your phone stand and speaker function as intended, measure the size of your phone to ensure accuracy. In our example, our wooden phone stand required a 10mm slot. With this in mind, we began by using a 10mm lip and spur bit to drill two holes at either end of the slots. These holes also act as start points for the coping or scroll saw.

Drilling start points for the coping or scroll saw
Drilling start points for the coping or scroll saw

Part 13 – Marking cut lines

Next, join the holes up with a cut from a marking knife on both sides of the timber to mark out the positions of the saw cuts. This will allow you to achieve ultra clean cuts.

Marking out positions of the saw cuts
Marking out positions of the saw cuts

Part 14 – Cut to lines

Using a scroll saw or coping saw cut to your marked lines.

Cutting your marked lines
Cutting your marked lines

Part 15 – Sand

Use a fine rasp then file to clean out the hole before you move onto an abrasive. Next, use a rat tail file for the rounded edges of the slot. To support the timber all the time, use a bench vice. It is ideal for such projects.

Part 16 – Glue and clamp

As the base has no slot, it can now be glued straight to the centre section. Next, add some glue to the top of the centre section. Make sure it is not visible through the slot of the top. Now, add the top section and clamp in the vice until the glue has dried.

Once the glue has set, go back onto the bandsaw or scroll saw to remove the waste wood from the edges of the piece before you sand.

Removing waste wood from the edges
Removing waste wood from the edges

Part 17 – Sand

Tidy the edges using the disc sander. Move through the grades to get a good finish. Clean up any rough areas by hand sanding.

Part 18 – Finish

Finally, finish with you desired finish. In our example, we used finishing oil.

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