I wanted to make a steampunk ipod case for a while, but for me it had to be made of real wood and brass. The first attemp was constructed from mahogony, but alas was shorted lived as when I attempted to srew the two halves together it cracked to pieces.

So the idea was shelved for a while untill i found a lovely looking wooden card case online that looked suitable for moding.

None of the techniques I have used are particularly difficult. It just took a lot of care and time and patience. I only used basic hand tools an electric drill and a cheapy 'Dremel' during construction. Some of the items I used were tricky to track  down. Alot of research went into this thing.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

PS this is my first post on Instructibles so please excuse the quality of some of the photos and text!
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JGUZMANO20 days ago

great, fabulous... thanks for sharing! Saludos

Bban6 months ago
Good idea but how do you make it?
massuber3 years ago
Epic... totally epic
Bobo Bob3 years ago
wooooow ... no.1
did you by chance make those headphones?
anibioman3 years ago
simply beautiful, a work of art.
bigkite3 years ago
At first look I thought you'd used a modded pocket flask w/ a wood facade. Do you think one could use a leather bound flask to similar effect?
rujnf4 years ago
So can I ask where exactly was the site you found the etched brass brackets?
brass eyes (author)  rujnf4 years ago
Of course it - www.scalelink.co.uk

Great quality stuff. The etched brass frets are very thin. I unded up glueing 3 layers together for each of the corners.
I am interested in making one, myself,. What are the etched frets found under on scalelink.co.uk ...like a search query, ive looked but to little avail :/
brass eyes (author)  OldOwlIronworks4 years ago


This should be the page for all brass frets :D
What scale did you use? They don't have dimensions on their page. :(
I love your work though! I've been looking for another wood-working project! :D
Thanks for the link. Absolutely beautiful work!
droxas13 years ago
you are a genius!
Junophor4 years ago
A very good job indeed.
I surely try it in that way too.

With steamy greetings
Yours Aeon Junophor
richie_1144 years ago
Gorgeous project! As a woodworker I tip my hat to you! Well done.
pietzeekoe4 years ago
what are those headphones called and where can i find them?
monkeys984 years ago
this is so awesome!!
i have been looking for a cool ipod case idea for ages please make an instructable!!
Ienai Itami4 years ago
Its so awesome it looks like it was bought from some company that specializes in this type of thing. You should start one.
groovy4 years ago
nice job,well thought out..
Lolbert4 years ago
Awesome design! I still think you need to use round philips and flathead screw heads to mark the + and - on the volume control.
brass eyes (author)  Lolbert4 years ago
That was the original plan, but at the time i couldnt find a + that was both small enough and domed headed. I Have a - somewhere...
milkyway3124 years ago
Fantastic 'ible. Awesome job!
flyingirons4 years ago
This is awesome!! Great job!
Kirbsome!4 years ago
This might just be the best case for anything, ever.
dmadru4 years ago
I'm Working On One And I Was Wondering If You Could Give Me The Link To Where You Go The Wooden Card Case. Looks Great!
brass eyes (author)  dmadru4 years ago
Hi. Appologies for my extremely slow responce. Its been ages since i have been on the site.

This is where i got the card case from:


I would love to see some pictures when your done!
Thank You But Its Fine. It Wouldn't Fit My iPod Anyway. Although I Did Make A Case For My iPod Touch. Here It Is!
Please make an instructable, that would be so awesome
brass eyes (author)  dmadru4 years ago
Nice work!

What did you use in the end? Nice looking wood...
Thank You, Although It's Work In Progress. I'm Making A Metal Top That Is Going To Have Hinges. I Use Bass Wood And Then I Stained It A Lot Then I Put A Coat Of Varnish Over It. I Might Make Another One So I Can Make A Instructable.
ljones64 years ago
It's......it's....BEAUTIFUL <8')
Akask4 years ago
Can you take the iPod out of the case?
Now all you need to do is write up a downloadable pdf for the rest of us who don't have access to the Net can work on our own.
winkwink;)4 years ago
awesome case! where did u get the decorative corners? they would be great for a project im working on. which would u recommend for a cassette recorder case; leather or wood?
brass eyes (author)  winkwink;)4 years ago
The corners are from:


Im not sure about the wood verses leather question. I suppose it depends on which one you like the most. And which you find easiest / most enjoyable to work with.
sweet! you even managed to have period headphones! but the true test comes next. can you make steampunk ear buds?
Since sound quality has become more inportant to me, I doubt that i could make any that sounded good enough!

I was looking at buying a pair of sleek audio SA1. They have rose wood bodies and nice detacheable cables with gold plated female sockets, so they wouild have looked the part.

In the end i got a pair of Ultimate Ears Triplefi 10 pro as I read alot of good reviews. There not really in keeping with the rest of the rig but thet do sound excellent. Once i have had them for a while i might modify there appearance.
Very Good
Such beautiful craftsmanship!
I would really love to attempt something like this, not sure if I'd have the patience though. Excellent quality, a big fat well done!
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