It's happened to all of us. After building so many projects for your Ipod out of Altoids tins and you're left with nowhere to put all those minty little devils. Thankfully here at David and Chuk Industries we have solved this dilemma. With a few basic tools, a small handful of parts, and 7 to 13 hours of your time you too can have a wonderful new Ipod Altoids Case, or as we call it the original DCIpod.
Step 1: Assemble the Parts
We suggest using only the larger Ipods (generation 1-4). Do not attempt to use a Zune for this you could be badly injured.
2 Hard drives
You are going to get your magnets out of these and you should only use new or lightly used hard drives so that the magnets will be "the freshest." If you are removing these from your mother or grandmother's computer please back up their Quickbooks for god sakes.
We got these from a hardware store. We made sure to get brass ones so we could list this Instructable as "Steampunk."
1 Tin of Altoids
You could use the giant pile of them you have laying around your bedroom from previous projects. We had to buy ours because we unfortunately don't use Altoid tins for projects because we live in a town with an electronics store that sells project boxes. We chose Wintermint because it's obviously the classiest flavor.
1 Large Piece of Steel Wool
We will explain later.
Step 2: Assemble the Tools
The tools we used for this project are as follows:
4 utility knives
assorted screwdrivers (6)
ground lift adapter
1 wire nut
2 way coax splitter
2 spark plug gap gauges
1 1/2" drill bit
off set screw driver
8 inch half round bastard file
5/8 combination wrench
1 stapler (black)
1 silca gel pack (do not eat)
1 caulk gun
sawsall w/ demolition blade
1 mapp gas with nozel
1 propane gas with nozel
2 1/8" oil filter wrench
1 ruler (for measuring tools)
14" abrasive cut-off saw
We do not recommend using other tools than those listed due to a higher probability of castration and/or death.
Step 3: Carefully Separate the Ipod Housing
After you have separated the Ipod use the nailset, spark plug gapping tools, and the off set screwdriver to finish opening the Ipod. Be sure not to puncture the battery inside the Ipod because it could explode and damage your mom's basement and wood paneling is very expensive stuff these days.
Step 4: Dismantle the Internal Parts of Your Ipod
Step 5: Clean Up the Plastic Half of the Ipod Housing
Step 6: Obtain the Magnets From Your Hard Drives.
Once you open the hard drives get out all the magnets. You'll know them when you see them.
Step 7: Brazing the Hinges and Magnets Into Place.
Step 8: Customize Your Ipod
Step 9: Configure the Ipod Altoids Interface Management System
Make sure to check out the video tutorial for great tips on using your DCIpod.