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DIY Wooden iPad case

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After being featured with my iPad DODO / moleskin bookstyle case which I initially made for "on the go", I thought that due to the shape and design of the iPad it would be cool to just have a silicone skin for it for home-usage (I didn't want to go without a skin as I'm pretty afraid to dent or scratch the iPad's aluminum back). But with all the dust collecting on the iPad's screen I wanted some kind of a case where I could just slip it in so it's protected from dust and the occasional "bump" on the living room side table.

So I came up with a pretty easy, straight forward wooden box. I love the woods texture and looks. Making this case took up somewhat around an afternoon (if all steps are carried out in one day and if you just use basic tools like I did).

Alternatives to the design could include different colored wood types stacked together, an opening in the top cover so that the case could also be used as a picture frame.....

Just let your imagination run wild :-)

Like always, this instructable requires working with tools, so don't hurt yourself.
If you get hurt during the process of making this case according to my instructable, I'm not liable for any damage to yourself or your device for which you create the case
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0812161110 months ago
Cooooool
Thanx
strooom1 year ago
Nice instructable. This could be usefull for a MacBook Air as well.
I've made something similar for my iPod. I made it from walnut wood, and I did it in a different way. I will post an instructable once I have the step by step pictures.
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Mike73 (author)  strooom1 year ago
Thank you for the pictures. I'm already curious about your instructable on this one. I recently bought a Motorola Razr HD and such a case could be just the high-quality case I've been looking for. I wanted to go for something rugged as a case, but it was already hard to even buy a flagship phone (no matter which brand I looked at), but getting accessories seems even harder.
And having someone responding to one of my instructables directly from the "neighborhood" (I'm from Germany) is even nicer.
Also, the notification about your reply reminded me that I still have to post a DIY about my daughters' new "furniture" ;-)
betty013 years ago
You might want to include a flap to stop your iPad from sliding out!
Mike73 (author)  betty013 years ago
I thought about that and I think I actually mentioned it somewhere withing my instructable, but I could be wrong, too (it's been a while since I posted it).

I did put on some suede leather as a stop just to see how it would look like, but I didn't like the looks. If I had wrapped the wood in fake leather or so, I guess it could have worked. But with just the wood (I just liked the looks of it so much), I decided against it.
And even without, my silicone case is kind of rubber sticky when it's in the box and I use the case at home only. So there's not too much risk for the iPad falling out.
But I agree that it's a good idea if you want to take the case for on the go.
betty01 Mike733 years ago
A nice dark brown or leather strap might work? Either way, it is a great idea!
Did you add any finish to the wood? I know over time mine get all smudged and ugly if I don't coat it with something.
Mike73 (author)  Blackdog Barker3 years ago
I did add some bio-varnish on the outside as I had the same thoughts. The pictures are taken before that step though. The varnish I used is some hard wax based stuff which enriches the texture of the wood a little and it's water and dirt repellend, too. Did you make one?
No I didn't make a box, I made the leather iPad case covered in leather and made from Walnut and Cherry wood.. I used 6 coats of Polyurethane.. I know not so earth friendly or green but it is nice and glossy.. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-your-own-iPad-case/
Mike73 (author)  Blackdog Barker3 years ago
I've actually subscribed to you as I'm curious what your next instructable will be. Actually, your case inspired me to make mine :-) From the ecologic point of view: I didn't decide to go out to get me some bio varnish for the case. It was just still available at home. I had this left over from remodeling my kitchen (some sort of DIY IKEA and selfmade add ons). I used it on some counter stuff which comes in contact with food. So I wanted the least poisonous stuff :-)
cory.smith3 years ago
Wonderful! I think it would be neat if it were wrapped as a book or something, with the title being, "Everything you ever wanted to know about anything." Because, ya'know, its got the internets.
Mike73 (author)  cory.smith3 years ago
Yeah, it certainly got the internets. I just love surfing on the couch. One could say I'm a couch surfer. Well, yeah, having my DIY book-like case (check under my profile) which quite looks like a book, I didn't wrap this case in fake leather. I wanted a different look allthough I was initially tempted to wrap the front and back of the case. With a wrapped front and back, a securing strap over the opening would have looked ok, too. But for this simple design, a securing strap just didn't look good in my opinion.
Re-design3 years ago
Very nice inst. Well done and a nice idea that could be used for many other uses.
artworker3 years ago
WOW! I will make one for my wife's Iphone!
Mike73 (author)  artworker3 years ago
Great idea. I thought too that this could be used for any gadget. Don't forget to make any necessary cutouts to prevent accidential buttonpresses while the phone is within the box. My wife made a nice knitted sock for my phone.
bossman9113 years ago
great job, you made seemed easy.
soeinegaudi3 years ago
usually i just hate that people have to show off by posting mediocre instructables on a eg. "lego iphone 4 stand", but this clearly is not one of such instructables ! as much as i envy you for having an iPad, I can only say: Nice work ! Nice work indeed !
Mike73 (author)  soeinegaudi3 years ago
Thanks for your comment. Sometimes I also do the "quick and dirty" stuff, which is ok in my opinion if you just quickly need something done. For me I just prefer to post the stuff I really am proud off (meaning that most of my quick and dirty stuff just is not pretty and good enough for posting). Allthough I like simple ideas if they are good, meaning things I never would have thought of :-)
dombeef3 years ago
This would be great for other object, not just ipads!
Mike73 (author)  dombeef3 years ago
Yeah, I thought so, too. But right now, the iPad was the ideal candidate in my case. I have nice cases for all of my other gadgets and putting my camera in a wooden box for "on the go" just seemed inadequate :-)
dombeef Mike733 years ago
Yeah, and the lens would be a problem, probably for a clamshell or other flat objects Still, great idea!!
bertus52x113 years ago
Nice instructable, I like the idea!
kelseymh3 years ago
This is very cool! Thorough, complete, and well written. It looks like you uploaded all of your photos in one shot when you started the I'ble. That means they all got attached automatically to your Intro. You probably want to remove most of them from that step, leaving behind only the nice "finished product" picture.
Mike73 (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
Yeah, I just saw too, that all pictures are on the intro. Maybe I didn't pay attention any more at 2.30 AM :-)
Mike73 (author)  Mike733 years ago
I just deleted the other pictures. While doing so, I remembered that I wondered about not being able to move the pictures to the text box. I guess I confused the picture library and the picture strip of the intro. I tried to delete the pictures on the iPad, but it didn't seem to work, so I had to use my laptop. Thanks for the hint, kelseymh.
SamK925953 years ago
very impressive! im not sure if i have the patience to do that