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How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Create a holding place for electronics from decorative details

turn molding into a charging station
Photo by Gemma Comas

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.


Steps // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station
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Turn Molding Into a Charging Station Overview

 
Step One // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Turn Molding Into a Charging Station Overview

turn molding into a charging station overview
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For a sharp look try to buy crown molding and brackets with similar profiles.

 
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Glue and Nail Rosettes

 
Step Two // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Glue and Nail Rosettes

Glue and nail rosettes
Photo by David Carmack

Using a circular saw, cut a piece of 1x3 to the length of the four rosettes lined up side by side. Apply wood glue between the rosettes and along the front edge of the 1x3. Glue and face-nail the rosettes to the edge of the board, driving a 4d finishing nail at the two bottom corners of each rosette.

 
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Attach First Bracket to Rosette Assembly

 
Step Three // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Attach First Bracket to Rosette Assembly

attach first bracket to rosette assembly
Photo by David Carmack

Align a shelf bracket with the end of the rosette assembly. Using a drill/driver, drill pilot holes at an angle through the back of the rosette and through the 1x3 base into the bracket. Screw on the bracket with 1½-inch screws through the two pilot holes.

 
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Finish Attaching Brackets

 
Step Four // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Finish Attaching Brackets

finish attaching brackets
Photo by David Carmack

Drill pilot holes through the back of each end rosette and into the side brackets. Screw 1½-inch screws through the two pilot holes.

 
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Attach Molding, Sand and Paint

 
Step Five // How to Turn Molding Into a Charging Station

Attach Molding, Sand and Paint

attach molding, sand and paint
Photo by David Carmack

Cut crown molding to fit between the two shelf brackets. Align the molding between the brackets, angled slightly so that the electronic devices will tilt back when resting on it, making their screens easy to see. Leave a 1-inch gap between the molding and the base. Using a hammer and 4d finishing nails, secure the molding in place through the outside of the brackets. Putty the nail holes, sand the wood, and finish the station with stain or paint.

Pro Tip: Tom Silva, TOH general contractor says, "Leave a gap between the molding that makes the back of your station and the station's base—enough to fit the smaller plug end of a charging cord. That way, you can thread the wires discreetly out the back of the station to let them drop behind a desk."

 
 
 

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