I wanted a cover to keep my Kindle Fire safe, but I couldn't find what I was looking for, , which was one that looked like a hardback book.  So I made one.  From a book.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Utility knife
Polyurethane Glue
Tacky Glue
Free weights (for "clamping")

Hardback book

You'll need a book that is a little larger than the object you are making a case for.  The kindle measures 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 7/16".  The book I used measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" x 1".  I considered many books, and spent some time looking at some old books trying to find one with a clever title, like Fahrenheit 451, or Catching Fire, but ultimately settled on a sketch book that had no title at all, just a clean black cover.  It just felt a little more sophisticated.

For the foam, I was looking for both dense and firm.  In the foam world, density is a measure of how big the cells of the foam are, and firmness is a measure of how hard it is to compress.  I found a kick board that was being thrown out at a local pool and while it felt a little too rigid at first, after cutting it to size it was perfect.  I also considered using wood and strategically placed Sugru, but the foam kick board proved easier for making adjustments.
cool im gonna get a kindle fire real soon, so this is a good idea, you very creative,
Just out of curiosity, (probably not paying close enough attention) is your foam "just" right or a smidge smaller than the Fire to keep it snug in place? Perhaps the elastic straps that you were talking about could help out their. Thinking of making a version for $80 version and dd handling it. Love it. Looking for cover now. (difficult to do the cut work....*sniff*......maybe I can find a college textbook that cost hundreds of dollars and decided to keep after offered less than $20 trying to sell it back after semester)
The foam actually is just a little smaller than the Kindle, by just over 1/16. You'll have to judge how much overlap to build in based on the foam you are using.<br><br>Good Luck!
Nice work!
Thanks! I'm already working on version 2.

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