Smartphone docks can be pretty pricey and many of them only really work with a few devices, or they're built so the manufacturer can sell different models for different phones. This DIY version looks elegant and simple, uses cables you already own, and can charge whatever phone you need it to.
Instructables user Albert built this dock out of some scrap wood he had lying around, a charging cable for his phone, and some velvet tape on the bottom to keep it from sliding around his desk — that's it. He had the benefit of some decent tools though, and used a chop saw to get the perfect cuts he wanted. He did mention you don't need to, though, and any kind of saw — even a hand saw — will do.
Once you have your wood, measure the dimensions of your phone, and how you want it to fit into the charger. This one was measured to fit his HTC One, but you'll want to pay attention to your phone's thickness to make sure it will fit and rest nicely in the dock without toppling over. We like this design though — it's simple, can fit phones of various widths, and as long as the groove where the charging plug is located is thick enough, it can accommodate phones of varying thickness too.
From there it's all about cutting the wood to fit your shape, sanding it and finishing it, and using a drill to drill out the spaces where you want your charging cable to slide into the back of the dock and up through the top so you can plug in your phone. It's obviously the tricky part, but Albert makes it look easy. Hit the link below for the full walkthrough.
Phone Charging Station [Instructables]