iPads are thin and light, but they appear a little awkward to carry, as if they could be dropped too easily. I wanted a carry case that is light, gives more protection to the iPad, and cannot slip out of the hand.
- Solid wood
- Something for a handle, like an old leather belt
- Screws and fittings
- Spray lacquer
- Table saw
- Router and table
- 2 1/2 inch hole saw
- Drill and bit
Step 1: Cut lumber
Cut two rectangles of fiberboard 8 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches. This allows for 1/4 inch rabbets in the solid stock to give a good gluing area. Cut a piece of solid wood long enough to fit around three sides of the fiberboard rectangles including some wood for making 45 degree miters at the corners. Make the solid wood 3/4 x 7/8 inch. I had some good clear red oak to use.
Step 2: Rabbet
Use a router and router table with a straight bit to make rabbets in the solid wood that go back 1/4 inch from the edge. The 3/4 inch dimension on the solid wood is in the horizontal position in the photo. The 7/8 inch dimension runs vertically so there will be enough space for the iPad to slip into the carry case easily. The fiberboard I used is about 5/32 inch thick, or just a little more than 1/8 inch. The dimensions on your solid wood will vary if the fiberboard you use is a different thickness.
Step 3: Miter the ends and cut the solid wood to the correct lengths
I need to make a miter sled for my homemade table saw, but for now I set the miter gauge to cut miters by fitting the miter gauge to the legs of a square clamped to the table as seen. The long piece across the bottom of the carry case had to be exactly the correct length. The two pieces on the sides could be a little longer for trimming with a simple 90 degree crosscut after a good dry fit of the pieces.