- Time: 3 hours
- Material cost: $50 (not including the table)
- Difficulty: easy
- A table
- A wireless charger
- A Quick Charge 3.0 power adapter
- An extra-long charging cable
- A chisel and mallet
- A hot glue gun
- Tape measure
- (Optional) a woodworking router
1. Choose a table.
2. Select a wireless charger.
3. Plan your pad placement.
4. See what your table is made of.
If your table is real wood, or you’d rather use a power tool than some elbow grease, you can use a router in the next step to finish the job in no time. If you aren’t familiar with the tool, there are plenty of YouTube videos that can get you started.
5. Carve a hole for your charging pad.
If you haven’t used a chisel before, there are a ton of great videos on proper technique, but I really like this one, which shows all the different ways it can be used to dig a big hole in a piece of wood. That said, I was working with cheap, crumbly particle board, so I didn’t need my mallet much, nor did I need it to look gorgeous. No one’s going to see the underside of my table anyway.
6. Test fit, and keep carving if necessary.
- Tip: To stay clean, vacuum up the dust and shavings as you go with a shop-vac.
7. See if your phone charges.
8. Glue the charging pad in place.
There are a few ways to attach your charging pad to the underside of your table, but I went with hot glue—it’s easy and strong while remaining removable if you have to adjust things.