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Wood Kindle Case

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I was given a Kindle for Christmas a few years ago and I had in mind to make a case for it.  It took me a while to decide on what I wanted.  Since most of the reading I do is on public transit traveling to and from work, I needed something that would protect my e-book reader from the wear and tear it would get in my bag, and judging on how some of the paperback books look after suffering in my bag, I needed something sturdy.

BONUS: I've also included a tip on how to read your e-book in the bathtub!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

 The wood measurements are made to fit a second generation Kindle, adjust for other devices.  Sand the wood before you begin and if you want you can varnish or paint it too.
  • plywood: 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches by 6 inches
  • wood for edges: 2 pieces 6 inches by 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch and 1 piece 8 inches by 1/2 inch  by 1/4 inch 
  • bamboo placemat or sushi mat
  • soft fabric (ie; felt)
  • velcro
  • magnets and bits of metal
  • glue (wood glue and super glue)
  • saw, sandpaper, clamps
John Saint2 years ago
I appreciate the way you thought through the problem solving process.
Each step was presented nicely with good photos and explanation.

The use of your bamboo mat was very good, practical and functional.
The added "touches" and finishing makes this extra user friendly.

I like the way it is finished. Thank you for suggesting various options along the way.

Carrying a Kindle around you don't want it so nice or glitzy that it screams "steal me".

Some of the neoprene pencil bags for inside a notebook are the perfect size for electronics. Mine fits the Nook Color perfectly and provides some impact resistance and is waterproof . Both of these features gets the project off to a good start.

Well done. I'm looking forward to more of your good ideas. How about an "add on" for the recharger / earbuds / accessories.
ChrysN (author)  John Saint2 years ago
Thanks, a place for earbuds and other accessories would be a nice addition. I was also thinking about adding small LED reading light.
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diajoh2 years ago
OMG, this is such a freaking easy idea! I read my Kindle in the tub and worry about the water. Can't believe I never thought of a PLASTIC BAG.
Well done!
ChrysN (author)  diajoh2 years ago
Yes, I was so happy to be able to read in the bathtub again.
Crucio2 years ago
The placemat totally does it for me. Brilliant! I will remember to use it next time I need a great hinge.

If the string holding the slats together is too weak, it should be pretty easy to replace them with something beefier.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Nice!
I wonder if I could do the same thing with my netbook?...
ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Would you have to worry about cooling it though?
bgirl0292 years ago
Yeah, VERY cool! My Mom and sister both have one already. I'm getting one for free next week cause I opened up a checking account and that was the free gift (very impressive on the bank's part!) and I like this case a lot better than the ones they have. Although my sister's has a dock so when you snap it into the case a light comes on. That may be super tricky to DIY. I love how this one looks though, very natural!
ChrysN (author)  bgirl0292 years ago
That a great free gift!
mrmerino2 years ago
ooh, you should hollow out a book so it can hold a kindle!
ChrysN (author)  mrmerino2 years ago
I think there are a few of those already.
Creativeman2 years ago
Good job, Chrys!
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman2 years ago
Thanks!
pakon2 years ago
so nice, Chrys
zazenergy2 years ago
That is so original. Love it! I haven't purchased a case for my Kindle, but this looks just like the kind of thing I'd love to make.
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