iPhone 5 shelf December 06 2012
The back story
I always keep a charger next to my bed, and I always charge my phone before falling asleep. After years of maintaining this habit, I grew increasingly frustrated with having to find my charger on the floor – most of the time it falls off my night stand and sometimes under the bed. First thing I did was go to a store and buy those plastic cable holders, they were cheap and they worked okay for about three days. After that, the double stick tape adhesive wore off and the plastic loosened and didn't hold my charger effectively anymore. But my mind was set on a solution, so I put aside some time to play around in my wood shop with an Apple USB charger (at this point it was the original charger pin for the iPhone 4). The result was a perfect fit for my charger, and because the charging side was bigger than the side that goes into the wall, the cable just slipped through perfectly. I feel in love with the simplicity of the product, and I made some for everyone I knew who owned an iPhone and received very positive feedback (people really love these things once they get one). My first iPhone 4 shelf design had a ledge for the phone to sink into, but I excluded this feature once I realized that the tight fit of the charger held the phone firmly and the ledge never actually served its purpose (for those who are skeptical about your phone falling off the shelf – it won't).
Then came the release of the iPhone 5, and with it the lighting cable (a new charger pin for all future Apple devices). Considering apple hasn't updated its charger in four years, I welcomed the change and immediately set out to completely rethink my iPhone shelf. I approached the design and construction of this shelf much like Apple approached the iPhone 5, I completely redesigned it and made it much better – with a fine level of craftsmanship you would expect from a high end watch – not an Apple accessory. The lighting cord presented a unique obstacle but after many prototypes, testing, and adjustments – I'm proud to offer it for sale on my shop.
Two new releases coming December 02 2012
I'm working on two new products, and I expect they'll be available before the holidays. One is the much requested iPhone 5 shelf, which I'm really happy with. Pictured below is one of two pieces from the shelf. More images will be released once the shelf is for sale in the shop.
I'm also working on a tripod floor lamp. Pictured below is a prototype, and I expect to go through a few more revisions before I offer it for sale. I made it with Spanish Cedar, which smells amazing. Cutting and shaping these cedar pieces made my shop smell like Christmas, perfect for the holidays.
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Gear Patrol November 06 2012
A few weeks ago I wrote to Gear Patrol and decided to send them a mini lamp and an iPhone shelf to review. One of the writers, Eric Yang, got back to me. And after reading the design spotlight he wrote on my products, I'm guessing he really liked the lamp and the shelf. You can read the article here: http://gearpatrol.com/2012/11/02/design-spotlight-allied-maker/
Super Storm Sandy November 02 2012
All the damage Hurricane Sandy caused to the wood shop has been cleaned up. Thankfully it wasn't too bad (just some minor flooding) and no one was hurt. Power hasn't been restored yet, and I'm eager to get back to work. I'm feeling confident that the lights will come back on at any moment.
UPDATE: POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED!
Now selling at Berlyn 65 in Williamsburg October 25 2012
Coney Island Wood September 26 2012
The Coney Island boardwalk was recently renovated to feature concrete and fake wood (it sucks, I know). Tons of historic 100+ year old Ipe (a South American hardwood) has been torn out and sold off. My friend Robert Bezrutczyk (who makes furniture and is a skilled craftsman) salvaged a support beam, and I bought a few smaller pieces from him. What can become of it? I am thrilled to continue the story; from a living tree in the forests of South America, to the boardwalks of Coney Island, to something and somewhere completely different. Isn't wood amazing?
Exotic Chopsticks September 24 2012
As a thank you gift for signing up for the newsletter, I sent out an email with a link to a secret page. On this page was three kinds of exotic wood chopsticks made by me to show my gratitude for being an early supporter. Don't miss the next one, sign up for the newsletter and you'll receive plenty of chances to claim free stuff and learn about my new products. Also, check out my page on facebook and "like it" if you like it. Heres a preview of what you could've seen:
Allied Maker launch September 06 2012
This project started about a month ago, and today I'm thrilled to launch the website. Every week I make a product, and offer it for sale as a one-of-a-kind piece or limited edition collection. Sign up for the newsletter to get an email when a new product is for sale. Pictured above is the clamping technique I use to laminate my skateboard decks. Each layer is individually glued and clamped for 24 hours.