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(Almost) Instant Hard Case for iPod Nano (from the Apple box!)

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This one is so easy, it really doesn't need step-by-step illustrations, so I'm just going to describe it, what you need to make it, how to put it together, and show the finished product parts at the appropriate times.    Start to finish, this took me about 20 minutes to make while ripping CD's to my new Nano!

This project is a nice hard case for your iPod Nano, made from the factory box it comes in from Apple.  I made it for protecting the Nano from knocks and scratches when traveling in my airline carry-on bag.  As is, it does not provide for playing music while in the case, but in the last step I'll describe an easy mod to make that possible.

Materials you need:

Your iPod Nano, and the factory box.  We are going to use the box cover and the piece that holds the iPod in the box (with the little mounting "ears" for the Nano).

One slim bamboo skewer, from the grocery store.  The one I used is about 3 mm thick (.125 inch +/-).  A thinner one would be fine, too.  Don't go any thicker, or you will have trouble flexing the iPod holder plate to get the Nano in and out of the case.

Hot glue gun, glue sticks OR Duco cement.  I used hot glue.

Some 3/4" wide velcro, both parts, with sticky backing.

 
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Step 1: Preparing the pieces

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1)  Cut two pairs of velcro loop and back tape to the width of the mounting "ears" of the Apple Nano mounting pad.  Don't make them any wider than the ears, or they will interfere with closing the case.

2)  Cut two pieces of the bamboo skewer to the inside length of the box cover -- they should "just" wedge in comfortably in the cover if they are the right length.  These become the case "guides" to center the top side-to-side when closing the case.



mrtape014 years ago
 how do make the hole for the touch weel?
chromisdesigns (author)  mrtape014 years ago
There isn't one in the current design.  It's meant to be a travel case, to protect the iPod, not a "using" case.  But you have a couple ways to convert it -- you could just pull the lid off to use the touchwheel, which would be my suggestion.

Otherwise, you could use a hole cutter or fly cutter in a drill press, very gently and carefully (otherwise the plastic will crack)
thanks
timothymh4 years ago
 This is a pretty cool idea!
mrtape014 years ago
i highly recomend you use a drill
If you painted the skewers it would look even better and way to recycle!
chromisdesigns (author)  spacepirate044 years ago
You're right, and I did consider a riff on the whole Apple "whitewash" theme, but then sanity prevailed...it was, after all, supposed to be an "instant" project!

It seems a shame to just toss out those nifty plastic pieces Apple so thoughtfully provides as the packaging!