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Project by doubleDD posted 09-21-2015 11:45 PM 1694 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing how quickly I was starting to ruin my camera with scratches and sawdust by moving it all around the shop, this bench to that bench, in drawers, on top of tools, etc, I decided to give it a home for some protection. I keep it in a leather case while upstairs, but when it’s in the shop it sure gets bounced around. I didn’t like unzipping the case in the shop every time I needed to take a progress picture. Here is what I came up with.
Just a small box with some felt, and a magnetic catch. I added a camera lens and button at the last moment for laughs. Made of cedar and some other scrap. Now I can take a quick picture or two and put it right back in the box.
The camera in the picture is not the one I use, but almost the same.
Thanks for looking.


-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 09-21-2015 11:49 PM

You’re too clever by half.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 11:58 PM

Nice little project doubleDD. Looks good!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 09-22-2015 12:08 AM

That is Awesome. Great job buddy

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#4 posted 09-22-2015 12:09 AM


OMG! LOL Hope it works out for you.

I just take my picture and put it out of the area in it’s store bought case. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-22-2015 12:10 AM

Dave, that is very nice but I bet that it doesn’t get used a lot after the first few days.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 12:31 AM

Nice camera box Dave, good protection for your camera. For me it would just be another object to find when needed, my solution is hang the camera on a nail in the shed and blow the dust of the lens before use.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 12:49 AM

Thanks Mark, one of those, at the moment jobs.

Thanks Tony, a little fun is good.

Hoss, thanks. I enjoyed making it.

Thomas, Bob and Bob, that is so right as to what may happen. Lol. I will have to really concentrate (oh boy) about putting it back after I take a picture.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 12:59 AM

Great idea—nicely done and much better than the shop cloths I use to keep the dust off my camera in the shop.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 03:45 AM

Dave, what a great idea. I understand what you are saying about the Camera moving about all over the shop and always where the saw dust and shavings are. No more zipping and unzipping, just open the box and back again. The box is nicely made and I like the felt inlay….Do you glue in the felt inlay?
The magnetic catch is a really good idea too. Isn’t it amazing how something as old fashioned as magnets are becoming so sophisticated and being used in so many ways now for engineering and industrial use and are so powerful and so vital in their many uses. The rare earth magnets are fantastic for woodwork. Great Project!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 09-22-2015 05:45 AM

Nice idea! Sure it will make camera last longer, without dust in it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-22-2015 12:28 PM

See, and you DEPRIVED me of being able to be the smarty pants that I am. Because I was gonna ask you “How in the world did you take a picture of your camera, with the camera IN the case?”

But since you covered that … Cool case, Man !

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#12 posted 09-22-2015 01:04 PM

Good idea Dave and a little decoration is always nice shows you care about your camera .
My biggest problem was the strap that got caught on things and would pull the camera out of my hand and send it crashing ruining the camera .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 09-22-2015 02:25 PM

Hi John, I use to pick up a shop cloth to clean the camera before using and only got it dirtier. ha ha

Thanks Cliff. I used some spray glue for the felt. Dry fitted them first then sprayed and inserted them. There are always a good number of those magnets in the shop at all times. They are great.

Thanks Ivan. I need to keep those scratches and finishes off of it.

Joe, I had to go back and add that to the description. I figured someone may catch that so had to explain.

Klaus, I had the same problem with the strap also. I just learned to put it around my wrist so if it slips out of my hand it won’t crash to the ground.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 09-22-2015 08:44 PM

Dave, good looking box and should serve you well keeping your camera safe. nice job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 09-22-2015 11:54 PM

Thanks Jeff. It’s working out great .

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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