After searching around my apartment a bit, I found the perfect device to transform into a Steampunk iPod Classic stand: a "Tostonera."
For those of you not familiar with Caribean food, a tostonera (also known in English as a plantain press), is a device for making tostones, a delicious fried green banana (or plantain) dish. It consists of two pieces of wood, attached with two hinges. One piece has a handle, and the other has a round impression, where you would place a plantain slice for pressing.
I happened to have had one of these collecting dust in my kitchen for many years, which I bought at a local 99 cent store. (You can also find them for a few dollars online). I had the best of intentions of actually frying my own plantains, but as this device has never even looked at a green banana, let alone pressed one, I decided it was time to make this thing useful.
What makes this tostonera perfect for an iPod stand is that apparently the diameter of an average tostone is also the width of an iPod Classic;-)
Here's how I turned my banana press into a Steampunk iPod Classic stand.
• Upholstery nails (x4)
• A few inches of brass chain
• Scrap of leather
• Brass hook
• Wood stain
• Black nail polish
• Parchment paper (optional)
• Brass name tag holder (holder)
Step 1: Stain "tostonera"
Step 2: Nail Polish Edges
When the first coat dries, give it a second or third coat, until you get a nice lacquer-like appearance.
I chose to add this black lacquer detail to make the stand match the black gloss vents on the vintage radio I used for my Decopunk iPod rig.
Step 3: Prepare Leather
First get a precise measurement of the round area, and then trace this dimension onto the leather.
(I used a cheap compass from the 99 cent store to get a precise measurement).
When you have the proper dimension circle traced onto the leather, cut out the circle with a scissor or exacto blade.
Step 4: Glue Leather Patch
Step 5: Apply Polyurethane
This gives the device I nice professional looking shine!
Step 6: Name Your Stand
Step 7: Down to the Brass Tacks
First I added a brass finish name plate holder, (which I scavenged from a piece of discarded furniture) to cover the name tag. I used a length of brass chain from my local hardware store (about 2 bucks), and a few antique finish brass upholstery nails to hold the chain in place. And the final touch is a brass hook tack, which will hold the cable in place.