My Apple IWipe




About: Married father of 6; VP of Digital Product & Strategy at a large financial services co.; gluten-free; gadget nerd; concertgoer; t-shirt junkie

One of my co-workers was giving away and old Atari 800XL and Macintosh SE case. He had been planning to do a mini-ITX project, but had never gotten around to it. Always wanting an excuse to tinker with something, I decided to take them off of his hands.

Well, as soon as I saw the Mac SE case, I realized that this one had the most potential. So this weekend, I bought a few things at Home Depot and got started making my Apple-powered, wireless, portable toilet paper dispenser -- the iWipe.

The whole project took a couple of hours and cost about $15.

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Step 1: Remove the Metal Brackets in the SE

There were still some metal brackets inside the case, so I had to get those out first. Using a T15 and a Philips head screwdriver, I removed the 7 or 8 screws holding the brackets in place.

Step 2: Clean the Case

The case still pretty grimy, so I soaked it in some warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. This loosened up all of the dirt and I was able to rinse it clean.

Step 3: Paint the Case

Because Apple has gotten all glossy white on us lately, I figured the SE needed a new paint job. So I painted the inside a metallic silver (to match the toilet paper holder) and the outside a gloss white.

Step 4: Mount the Toilet Paper Holder

Once the paint had dried, I used a heavy-duty Super Glue gel to mount the toilet paper holder to the case.

Step 5: Create a Faux Screen

I used a transluscent binder that I picked up at Target ($1.39) to create a screen for the SE. After I cut it to size, I super glued it into place.

Step 6: Installing the First Roll

I inserted a roll of toilet paper into the iWipe and slid the front of the case closed.

Step 7: Voila! the New Apple IWipe!


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    Very true. This was sooo long ago, I'm a completely different person than the seventh grader who posted that. XD


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sure there are plenty of better uses for an old Mac... now that I have a Mac going on my old PC makes me want to throw up.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    GOOOOO APPPPPLEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!! Why dont you do this with a pc!! bust out the old ms dos or windows 7 SAME DIFFERENCE!! :P


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Here is a clue.
    Use a normal paperholder. There is no need to screen. You can understand when to refil with probably %100 accuracy


    8 years ago on Introduction

    what a upgrade!

    now i just need to find that imac and give it a better use than a paperweight...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is Apple comps at their very best!

    The only thing that would be better than this would be to wipe my @ss with the apple itself... wouldn't be as comfortable though hm...