In this instructable I will show you how to make an old book into an ipod touch dock ( works for other devices as well).
Materials: 1 Hard back book, cardboard (I used the thinner kind found in small boxes), Cover from the plastic case your ipod touch came in ( an Altoid case would probably work for some kinds of MP3s), exacto knife, fine tooth hack saw ( optional but makes the project go faster), power drill, scissors and Super glue. (glue stick and decorative photos if desired)
Note: The blue back light are the LED's on my X-Mini II capsule speakers, so if you want back lighting and don't have the speakers then you will have to install your own.
Note: This is my first Step by step instructable, so if you have you have trouble understanding it feel free to ask me a question.
Step 1: Select Your Book and Cut Out the Pages
Once you select your book you will need to remove the pages, To do this open the cover and cut along the blue line (see illustration)
Turn the book over and do the same on the other side.
Step 2: Cut Out the Side Pieces
Next you will need to cut two cardboard "triangles" used to support the book ( see illustration #1) Measure the spine of the book (illustration #3 UPPER BLUE LINE) you will use this measurement to cut off the tip of the triangle later on (lower BLUE LINE) Next stand the book on end, on top of the cardboard and brace it so it is at a RIGHT ANGLE! (see illustration #2 / #3 RED LINES) Take care to make sure that the spine is aligned evenly ( see illustration #3) Once your book is aliened properly you can use a pencil to trace along the RED LINES (Illustration #3) then use the measuring stick to trace the GREEN LINE. Now that you have traced a triangle you can remove the book and use the spine measurement (illustration #3 BLUE LINE) to "cut" off the tip. Carefully cut it out using the exacto knife, you may need to make more then one pass to cut it all the way through. Now that you have your beheaded cardboard triangle you can trace it to create a second one. They should end up looking like the two pictured in Illustration #1
Step 3: Cut the Hole for the Dock
Note: don't make your hole to low or the audio cable will hit the ground and the book wont sit straight
Step 4: Glue the Dock In
Step 5: Make an Audio Hole
Step 6: Glue One the Sides
Step 7: Add Supports
Step 8: (optional) Adding Photo Decorations
Instructions for adding multilayer photo to dock: See illustration 1, you will start by getting the base of the plastic ipod box and using it to trace the BLUE LINE, next measure the RED DOTS two on each side (distance optional). Now line the mesuring stick up with the RED DOTS and create the GREEN LINES. Use the scissors to cut along the GREEN LINE. Since you had to use the out side of the box to trace the BLUE LINE it is larger then the inside of the dock. So fold the photo, snip a hole inside the BLUE LINE and cut all along it taking care to cut about a quarter of an inch inside it. Once everything is cut out use the glue stick to glue them in the appropriate places.
Instructions for adding photos to sides: See Illustration 3, To cut photos for the sides simply
use the hole you cut the side piece out of to trace lines on the photo, then cut it out 'n' paste it on.