I have been wanting a new case for my Galaxy Tab 8.9 for awhile. Sadly, the case market for anything besides the typical silicone/plastic cases are stupidly expensive. I really didn't want to pay $100 for a case. I got the idea of putting my Tab in a book. I wanted to find an old Korean book, hollow it out and set it in. Unfortuneately the 8.9" size is way too odd to find a corresponding book size so I decided to make my own.
Step 1: Where to begin then?
The toughest part was to figure out how to make the covers if I wanted to stay with a book-ish theme. The obvious answer was cardboard. Now, most people might be like "Just go to your local art supply store and buy the stuff." which is what I did but there is an added complication to this build. I live in South Korea. So things aren't exactly like back west. Sure there are lots of art supply stores but finding things can be tough and of course my Korean isn't up to par just yet, so I am left with wandering the whole store seeing what might work. I happened upon this fancy sketch pad that looked about right, I compared the size and found it to be perfect. After seeing that, I grabbed the rest of my supplies and had a vision of how this would be done.
Step 2: Cover it!
So, my original plan was to get an old Korean book. I thought it would be cool to have some Korean book title as a cover. Seeing as this would no longer happen, I went with the next best thing. Korean art stores are a marvel of variety. I could spend hours just wandering around even the smallest of them because they just carry so much stuff. One of the things they carry is big sheets of patterned paper. For a whopping 1,300 Won(about $1.10) I got this giant sheet of paper with original Hangul(Korean characters, slightly predating current version of their alphabet).