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Portable Computer Case Handle Replacements.......WHY NOT WOOD?

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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 1147 days ago 2060 views 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, I know, this is my first project post. So I thought I would keep it very simple.

Yes Timbo, this is my first project.

.......and I posted my first review today as well….......about pencils…....hmmmmm…..

Now, understand that I have been refusing to label all the stuff I do as projects. Just blogged about them. I wanted my projects to be something my wife would beg to have in the living room. But at my age…....read elderly…...still working nearly full time….it may be forever before that happens. I run out of steam pretty fast. So I thought, both so I wouldn’t look…..hmmmmm…..indolent…or somnolent….....I would post some stuff as projects. Also, they will be more accessible in searches.

This is a baby step. This project was created many months ago, and has worked extremely well.

One of two handles on my leather case for my three year old, but still excellent, portable computer broke. You know, some nondescript vinyl or hard rubber. An excellent case, but I wouldn’t replace the original handles…...which I never liked, they would break again.

So I says, I can fix this, and built a replacement from hardwood dowel stock, and red oak frames.

The only thing tricky was, I had to glue this after it was installed on the case. So I finished most of the handles, stuck them on the case, and then glued them, and did some touch up finishing….....with my old friend WATCO.

Well, not only do the handles look pretty good, and work well to carry this heavy, desktop replacement portable, but they work better as I put them in the luggage train that I pull along…..meaning suitcase, carry-on with wheels, with the computer on top.

The case has received some abuse…....has been to London, Scotland, Salt Lake City, Singapore, Cairo, Hawaii, Las Vegas, La Connor, Chicago…..yup, it is well traveled. Only the handles gave way.

But these handles will outlast the rest of the case….....guaranteed…....

..........LJ Rugged….Guaranteed to Last….or my Money Back….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska





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degoose

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#1 posted 1147 days ago

You have come so far in such a short time…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 1147 days ago

Congratulations on your first project Jim!

I’ll bet it’s more comfortable on your hands.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jjagerson

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#3 posted 1147 days ago

I love this idea. I am stuck with technology all day long and sometimes it is nice to have a handcrafted natural product with you. I wonder if that is one of the reasons many wood hobbyists turn pens and such. Anyway – excellent job on the handles!

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 1147 days ago

degoose
Shame on you….......(-:

OK, I got some other stuff, but I had to test the waters, you never know, I may make a cutting board pretty soon…....so take that!

Thought this was so simple, that it would introduce me to the complexities of presenting a project….I know…...sans video…......in an easy way. OK, stuck my toe in…....watch out now…......

Let’s see, turning to winter down there…....is that good, or bad…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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richgreer

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#5 posted 1147 days ago

WOW JIM!! You are more than just a pretty face. Your first project and your first review on the same day.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1147 days ago

jjagerson

Actually, these have worked out better than the originals, because in my luggage train, the belts hold onto these handles well. And they feel just fine when lugging it around by itself, and throwing it in the overhead. I smiled when I did these, and thought, I wonder what people will think. But no comments. They just fit right in.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1147 days ago

Rich
Yup, took months of planning, but here it is. What me…......compulsive?

Seriously, just decided to do it. Actually took the pictures a while back, but finally got the time. I actually have a lot of stuff to post if I could just finish the two current, complex, shop projects.

Yup, sitting here…...finally relaxing, on call for four days while everybody else played, now with a day off. Wine glass in hand. Got the gumption. Actually just put up an arbor (two store bought trellis’s with a top that I made from cedar to match) this morning. Seemed pretty simple to match those trellis’s but had to rip the cedar and do a bunch measurements, and then place on top of the already set in the ground, store bought stuff. Few hours involved….there are no one hour projects of any complexity.

Like that herb garden stand. I was gonna ask you for plans, but remembered your post for the circular stuff, and your explanation should prove adequate. Nice one.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1147 days ago

Dick
Missed you in the shuffle. Yes, they are comfortable, indestructible, and they look good. And pretty darn simple to build. Had to be careful with the end pieces, not make ‘em too hefty, and had to glue and finish them partially in place on the bag. But a simple satisfying project that is in good use. Can’t beat that.

Only 60 deg F here, thought it would get warmer today….....at 1520 hrs. Overcast. No rain. Pleasant day.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mafe

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#9 posted 1147 days ago

Jim you are just wonderful, nothing less!
I think it is a exelent idea.
It looks good.
It recycle the bag.
And it is of wood!
So yes it is wonderful and personal.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1147 days ago

Good idea!

Good job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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grizzman

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#11 posted 1147 days ago

ya had to know this was going to come….......:))...

jimbo finally did it, a project he did spin it

handles for his well traveled case, the next step is going to outer space, he just about lives on the moon, maybe what is next is his baby spoon, they say with age it goes in reverse ,lets just hope he don’t start carrying a purse…all us jocks we stand and applaud , were happy ya did it and it aint no fraud, the poem here it just might stink…i had to stop and did some think, what would he do that would be number 2, well just have to wait…lets all stand at the gate..that’s his bag with handles and all…its a wonderful thing, and hes still on call….....

so yea i had to…love the handles, maybe a wooden bag to attache could be next…ya never know..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1147 days ago

Mads
Isn’t it fun to put something built in the shop, on such a techie item. Like I said, I wondered if anyone would even notice. No one has. They are elegant (if I must say so…(-: .....) in their appearance and build, work perfectly, and totally personalize the bag…......(-:

The rest of the bag is indestructible. I will probably use it for the next portable in a row, if it is as big as this one. Although I am thinking of downsizing.

I wonder what you would have done. This is pretty simple…....but you are oh so elegant….....

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 1147 days ago

Joe
Hey old friend, thanks for stopping by. This was fun because of its simplicity. And its utility. But it took some attention to detail, because everything needed to fit perfect.

Hope all is well, we are trucking along here just fine.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mafe

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#14 posted 1147 days ago

Right now I smile.
I think the design you made suits the bag, and I always said as a architect that if you can make something beautiful no one notice except when asked, then you have achived the highest goal.
The most easy thing on the planet is to make noice, and funny enough that is what most do.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 1147 days ago

Grizz
Well in retrospect, there perhaps should have been a little of the gnome, or the fairy, in those handles. Think I told you guys…..in La Conner there is a seven year old girl next door. The community is 839 people. And we are on a special hill in the center of town….....you can walk everywhere, everyone knows everyone.

So the little girl, Victoria, took a shine to Sherie immediately, Sherie being a child magnet. So Sherie, while we were there, made Victoria some fairy fabric pillow slips (Sherie has set up a quilting shop there). Fun to make stuff for kids. Fun to make simple wood things…....that appear where you wouldn’t expect it.

Thanks for the poem. I don’t know if I want to get into it, I have been making poems since I was in grade school. But I appreciate the on-the-fly-verse ever so much. You have a good one, hopefully I will get some more projects out there soon.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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