How to Build a Macbook Dock with USB-C Ports

With USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, you can build your own MacBook dock with multiple devices and connect it to any monitor or TV. This tutorial is about how to make the dock with 4 USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port for charging your devices, connecting to a monitor or TV, etc. What if you could create a simple solution to capture any gadgets off your MacBook? Well, you’re in luck. You can do just that with a DIY project that takes under 15 minutes to complete.

We’ve all seen those sleek MacBook docks that offer up to three USB ports and a couple of other ports, but they’re a bit pricy and are often a pain to install. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend much money or take days off work to install one of these. The Macbook dock connector has been around for over 30 years. But since 2015, Apple changed the connector to USB Type-C. That means all the ports are located on the side of the device, not the back. I made a custom macbook dock using a 2×6 piece of wood and a few other small parts. It’s very simple to make, and you can use it to convert any normal laptop to a MacBook dock.

USB-C Ports

What is a dock?

A dock is a device that is designed to hold items. You may be familiar with a docking station that has your phone, tablet, or laptop while working from home. A dock is similar to this, but the difference is that you can’t plug anything into a docking station. This means that you have to attach your device to the dock physically. For example, you can’t fill your phone into a laptop dock. You have to plug your laptop into your phone physically. I have a port to charge my iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro. I don’t use this dock because I have a MacBook Air, but it’s a great alternative for those looking cheaper.

What is the USB-C port used for?

A USB-C port can be used to charge a variety of gadgets. However, this is just one of the uses that a USB-C port is used for. A USB-C port’s other main purpose is to connect data between the computer and a device. This is the reason why the USB-C port is called a data connector. USB-C ports are becoming increasingly common on laptops and desktops, so you can now find a USB-C port on most new computers.

Building a Macbook dock with USB-C ports

We’ve all seen those sleek MacBook docks that offer up to three USB ports and a couple of other ports, but they’re a bit pricy and are often a pain to install. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend much money or take days off work to install one of these. A little over a year ago, I decided to build a dock with USB-C ports. The idea came from an online article about someone who did just that, and I was intrigued by what he said. I started by measuring out the holes in my case, and then I drilled them out. Once I got the holes done, I used a piece of wood and a nail to create a template. Then, I carefully placed each part on the case, ensuring it fit. I repeated this process until I had all of the pieces. Finally, I installed the parts and attached them with a few screws.

How do you charge the new MacBook Pro?

With the new MacBook Pro, Apple introduced a USB-C port that can also be used for charging. While most MacBook owners would be happy to have this option, there is one downside. Apple’s latest laptop doesn’t have a standard power adapter. You can purchase a USB-C to USB-A cable or a power adapter, but that’s not what this project is about. Instead, we’ll show you how to build a custom MacBook dock with USB-C ports to charge the laptop using a standard USB-C wall charger.

The design is fairly simple and requires only basic tools and materials.

It starts with a metal stand made from an old phone charger.

While you can buy a similar stand on Amazon, we used an old iPhone charger instead.

You’ll then need to cut off the back of the charger.

Next, you’ll need to remove the battery and cut off the top of the phone charger.

Finally, you’ll need to connect the USB-C connector to the motherboard.

The final product looks like this.

Frequently Asked Questions Macbook Dock

Q: How to Build a Macbook Dock with USB-C ports and an LED display?

A: If you don’t already own one, it can cost more than $500, but if you want to save money, you can use a USB hub and cut off the cable. You can also get an HDMI-to-USB adapter or a USB hub with one HDMI port. Just make sure that the one that you buy has an HDMI port.

Q: Why do you think there is still no Apple Thunderbolt 3 Dock?

A: A USB-C Dock with a Thunderbolt 3 port is a possibility. The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2017) uses USB Type-A connectors and an HDMI port. An Apple Thunderbolt 3 Display would use a Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports.

Top 3 Myths About Macbook Dock

1. Macbook docks are for legacy machines.

2. A Macbook dock is just an ugly, overpriced plastic enclosure.

3. The new MacBooks have no docks at all.


This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. It’s super useful, and the price is very reasonable. I will show you how to build this in three easy steps. This awesome project can make a difference in your everyday life. The last two videos are about how to build a portable charging station for your iPhone and iPad. In conclusion, creating your own custom Macbook dock is the perfect project to try your hand at woodworking.