Nightstand with hidden wireless charging
Picked up this nightstand at goodwill for $12 and decided to embed a Qi wireless charger in the top so I could easily charge my phone at night. From the top the charger isn’t visible at all, but when I place my phone in just the right spot it begins to charge through the wooden top.
Short video of the wireless charger in action
Used my roommates router to sloppily route out the spot where the charger sits. I took small passes slowly getting closer to my target depth. The last few passes were very shallow because I was worried about punching through. In retrospect I think I probably could have gone a bit deeper, but it works. The final depth was 17mm into a 20mm thick piece. This works well charging my phone, even with a case.
The charger is held in with some foam and some plastic strips. I think it’s important that the charger be held tightly to the inside surface to make the wireless charging as effective as possible.
A shot of the final routing job. I also routed a channel for the charging cable so it wouldn’t hang down into the top drawer.