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iPod getting all scratched up? Don't want to drop any more dough on a pink plastic 'Pod skin. Scrounge up the change under your couch cushion and make one.....packrat style!
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

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Supplies needed
- 1 Dralla cutting board from IKEA (You get two in one package)
- A Sharp Knife with new blade
- 1/8" drill bit
- Drill or Dremel
- 4 - #8 10mm nylon spacers (If you can't find these spacers, you could always use some heat shrink tubing instead. Just make sure you modify the hole locations before you drill)
- 4 - 6-32 x 3/4" stainless machine screws
- 3"x5" index card or other card material of similar size
- Screwdriver to match the machine screws
- Some 120 and 220 grit sandpaper
- 4G iPod (Duh) *Note: the template in this HOWTO is for a 4G iPod. Since I didn't have any other iPod to test with you may have to modify the template to suit your needs
- Attached PDF file containing the template.

Step 2: Prepare template

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Print out the attached PDF. This drawing was created for a 4G iPod. Please test it out with your iPod first.

Cut out the outline and glue onto the 3x5 index card. This will add stiffness to your template.

Using your knife and the cutting board you don't want to use for you iPod Protector, cut out the window for the display and clickwheel
I would say this is sortof geek chick/geek guy with the right colour material and a slightly different shape :)
werts295 years ago
ranex6 years ago
great instructable- the case looks great, it is probably the best you can get now a days for the older ipods
jamnoopers7 years ago
This is awkward...
I like the overall design and the project a lot. Awesome. $40 for aerospace carbon? Yo, F- that... I want something to protect it, is all. Awesome way to bring it back to its original purpose. Question, though: What prevents the whole ipod from sliding out of the case when you're done? I'm looking at the last picture in the last step. Could you perhaps add tiny little shims all around (made from the same material) that act as little lips to hold it in place?
packrathacker (author)  Liquidhypnotic7 years ago
Hey Thanks!. Its kinda hard to explain with words but..... The corners of the iPod rest on the nylon spacers. Its a tight fit but the iPod fits perfectly and is not going anywhere. If I had to build another one, I would try to incorporate a clip for my heaphones...
1 do you get the ipod out of the case?
why would you need to? it has the usb port open, so its not like you need to open it often.
packrathacker (author)  chatterbox147307 years ago
With a philips screwdriver :)
Tony_73_988 years ago
Forget that, my question now is, does this works for a colour screen iPod?
packrathacker (author)  Tony_73_988 years ago
Can't say. If the dimensions are the same as a 4G it should work fine. You could always measure your ipod (don't forget thickness) and alter the plans. If you are really stuck shoot me the dimensions and I will update this instructable for a colour iPod
Tony_73_988 years ago
Hi, I am new and I am interested in building this case. I would like to know if this case works for iPod nano.
LaceyD8 years ago
That is SOOOOO cool!
billz2609 years ago
Vrogy, those are slick but you could make about 10 or so Nano covers like that for 40 bucks!
packrathacker (author)  billz2609 years ago
A quick estimate... you could make around 12 or so 4G iPod covers from the material in two cutting boards.
vrogy9 years ago
packrathacker (author)  vrogy9 years ago
I did get some inspiration from that design. I wanted to use materials that were easy to work with, would look ok, last, and were cheap.... err inexpensive.