DIY: Teak USB Drive




Introduction: DIY: Teak USB Drive

About: I enjoy building things and being creative.
I have had this 1G usb drive around for a while and the enclosure had broken, So I made my own wooden enclosure!

  • wood (teak)
  • USB drive
  • foam padding
  • two part epoxy
  • wood glue
  • sand paper

  • table saw
  • belt sander
  • drill/ drill press
  • clamps
  • razor blade

Step 1: Size Your Wood

After you have gathered the required materials measure out the wood to the right size.
  1. measure your usb drive
  2. mark on your wood how you want it to sit

Step 2: Making the Cut

This part is a little dangerous, use proper safety gear.
  1. hollow out the main body to 1/8"
  2. do the same for the lid peice
  3. cut the main body in half
  4. do the same for the lid peice
  5. cut two 1/8" strips to form the top and bottom caps


Step 3: Glue It Up

Get your wood glue, epoxy, clamps and foam
  1. glue the two main body peices together and clamp
  2. cut your foam to shape (foam goes in the cap to help secure it)
  3. epoxy foam to both halves of the lid (allow time to dry)
  4. trim the foam down with a razor to get a snug fit
  5. with wood glue, glue the two parts of the lid together and clamp
  6. take the 1/8" parts you cut for the caps and glue those on next

Step 4: Trimming and Finishing

After the glue has set
  1. trim the bottom and lid to size
  2. if your usb drive has a light measure where that would sit in the body and drill a 1/8" hole in its place
  3. mix your epoxy and fill the bottom with the epoxy and quickly insert the usb drive
  4. hold the usb drive in place so it is straight  until the epoxt has set
  5. after the epoxy has cured even the body and lid out on a belt sander
  6. round the edges and hand sand the enclosure
  7. apply your choice of finish
  8. your done now load it up with music and files

Thanks for looking and as always, please rate/vote as you see fit.
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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Very nice! I made one with some spalted oak.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Here are some pictures.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    this seems realy cool. I would use an 8 gig or bigger and engrave or laser cut a desing on it


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's all about using what you have, I had this 1g drive around for over a year and it was broken (the case was broken). So thats what I used. no sense in throwing away a perfectly fine thumb drive! I wish I had access to better equipment, I would love to engrave it! Sadly I do not, but one day I will!