My dad, awesome dad that he is, bought me an iPad last Christmas. When I went scouting for an iPad cover, I found only a few that suited my personality and zero that suited my pocketbook. So off to the shop I went. When I returned, this is what I had. It's working out just fine.

Note: every stitch of material I use in my projects is somehow salvaged. Yard sale hardware, craigslist leftovers offers, the local lumber yard's scrap bin, fallen limbs... you get the idea. Why? Because it's challenging, inexpensive, I'm a tree-hugger, and it's pretty darn satisfying- that's why. I don't expect everyone to share my level of commitment to reuse, but I encourage you to try it on your next project.

Step 1: Gather Tools & Materials

Dimensions:  overall dimensions are 10-1/2" x 8-3/8" x 1"

Shopping List:
Time to go "shopping" ... in the scrap bin! You KNEW there was a reason you saved those little odds and ends...

1/4" plywood, quarter sheet total is more than enough

1/2" x 1" door stop trim molding 4' total is safe and gives a little "oops" room (If you buy materials instead of using scraps, don't head straight for the full sticks of trim. Even the home improvement warehouses have bins of "shorts". You'll get it at a fraction of the cost and be doing trees a favor to boot. Nice work!)

1/4" dowel, 2'

flat steel scrap (none around? use utility blades)
4 small flat magnets

8 x 10 piece of felt or other "screen friendly" material

For the cover I used a few scraps of veneer and some cork, pseudo-inlayed to form the i heart wood text. Use your imagination!

measuring tape
table saw
3/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
Teak oil, a fistful of rags, and some 220 grit paper will get you to the finish line

Safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection (I forgot these, again, but I'm a horrible example of safe work habits. See http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Sutures/)
Go to icase-zone.com.
You did a nice job with this - do you have any photographs from your build? <br /> <br />Thanks <br />Audrey
Thanks Audrey. Unfortunately, I managed to totally wipe out a whole boatload of photos, including those taken during this project. In order to avoid the cheesy reenactment, I used the computer generated stand-in.

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