Introduction

turn molding into a charging station
Photo: Gemma Comas
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Every evening you arrive home and divest yourself of ringing, beeping, buzzing accessories, dropping them like bread crumbs on the way to the bedroom. In the morning you lose precious minutes in a cushion-lifting scramble to gather PDA, phone, and iPod.

Your portables clearly need a home base. A dedicated storage space for all your electronics not only saves your sanity but also prolongs their battery life. That's because the lithium-ion cells in these devices have a finite number of full discharges, so they last longer if you leave them plugged in when not in use.

You can easily make your own kitchen office charging station. As This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows here, shelf brackets and stock molding make a quaint corral. In fact, you can put this one together in just over an hour—the time it takes to locate your vibrating cell under the throw pillows.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter Saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill Driver
    • wood glue
      Wood Glue
    • wood putty
      Wood Putty
    • sand paper
      150-grit Sandpaper
    • paintbrush
      Polyester Nylon Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. 3-inch Rosettes

    2. 7-inch Shelf Brackets

    3. 1x3 Pine

    4. Small Crown Molding5. 1½-inch Multi-Purpose Screws

    6. 4 Penny Finish Nails

    7. Primer and Paint