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Project by EricW posted 09-02-2010 12:21 AM 4679 views 19 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I haven’t posted here in a long time…

I just bought a 15’ Macbook Pro a few weeks ago. I wasn’t a big fan of the silver color so i decided to cover it with wood.. which i do like. I ordered some figured walnut veneer online, it was delivered, flattened, cut, and finished. Very simple process. It is attached with 3M double sided tape. It can be taken off if I ever don’t want it anymore, although it is not reusable.

I can not take credit for this idea. I have seen it for sale online, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy one when I could just make one!

What do you think? I have had some good reviews by friends.. but not everyone likes it.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 12:31 AM

Great work . I think they should offer this as a factory option with a choice of different woods. How about doing individual keys…...?

-- Ollie, UK.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 12:36 AM

I love it, I think it looks very cool!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 12:56 AM

I doubt you’ll find many people on this web site that don’t like it. I think it’s really cool. I’m into changing stuff like that so it’s not like everyone else’s. Great idea, I wonder how the durability will be?

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 01:23 AM

nice .

i got the book mac too ,

but i never see that side .

i’m always using it ,
to check out LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 01:34 AM

Definitely looks attractive, but like Jason, I wonder about its durability. I’m not that gentle with my laptop, but if you are then it probably wouldn’t be a problem.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 01:36 AM

Fantastic idea! I’ve already got the wood keyboard and mouse, I’m now eyeing the monitors and various other instruments in my office…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 02:12 AM

That is waaayyy cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dan Hux

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#8 posted 09-02-2010 03:35 AM

very cool,,one of the manufactures is making a netbook with a bamboo top like that.. very nice looking.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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John Steffen

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 03:54 AM

Very attractive! I’ve been considering building a custom wooden case for my next computer build.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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Mark Colan

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 03:56 AM

Very cool! Slightly retro, like a wood-sided station wagon.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 03:57 AM

i don’t think durability will be an issue… i baby my laptop, as it rarely leaves my house. i dont keep drinks or anything on top of it while its closed. the finish seems strong enough as long as the wood doesnt crack or split…
If it does fall apart or something, im happy with making a new one.. ive got plenty of veneer!

patron, i had that thought… but its like a car, you are usually inside it, but you still want the outside to look good.

i have taken note of the keyboard thing… and i am thinking about applying the keyboard/trackpad surround with the veneer to match the outside..

thanks for all the great comments!

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 04:57 AM

very nice.
i still have a strong dislike for apple products, but yours is the best mac i’ve seen in awhile.

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 05:13 AM

I am totally stealing this idea. I also looked at the link posted and want to find me a wooden mouse. The only problem I have is the one pictured on the site was corded. Do they make a wireless one?


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#14 posted 09-02-2010 08:51 AM

Wow I love this! Two of my favourite things, a Mac and Wood rolled into one!! I would love to know how you did the Apple logo cut out, so perfectly?

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 11:07 AM

a fantastic idea!! great job!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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