Picture of Kindle Fire Custom Hardback Book Cover
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

Picture of 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,
davidsona3 years ago
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)
timm.tanner (author)  davidsona3 years ago
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.

Good Luck!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Nice work!
timm.tanner (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thanks! I'm already working on version 2.