Zebrawood iphone case

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 08-19-2012 12:53 AM 3832 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This an experimental iphone case I made for fun yesterday. The body is made from a solid piece of zebrawood and the Apple logo is made from wenge. I do not own any rights to this logo, I just thought it would add more creativity and professionalism to the case. This was done entirely freehand, and if I make more in the future (which I would like to) then I will make a jig to get constant results. I plan on experimenting with different styles on future cases.

Edit: I took the advice from mmh and put another bite in the apple logo to avoid any legal confrontation. Who’s going sue a 16–year–old–boy for making his own phone case anyway? But just in case ;)
Thanks for looking,


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 01:03 AM

Oh, I want one! I love the contrast between the high tech iPhone and the tactile wood case. Nice work.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 02:20 AM

You may want to alter the copywrited logo 20%-30% to defer from any legal issues. Two bites out of the apple may work.

Fun project none the less.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 02:25 AM

Yeah, I think I may even make my own logo to put on.

-- Ryan

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 02:45 AM

The changes are made. Thanks mmh for the advice.

-- Ryan

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 03:56 AM

Nice case. Wise move to fiddle the logo. The logo police are a humorless lot !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 05:08 AM

it looks awesome! how did make that?

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#7 posted 08-19-2012 05:55 AM

This is an outstanding example of serious craftmanship. The attention to detail sets the bar very high for any one trying to copy this.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 08-19-2012 06:06 AM

You wouldn’t get sued making it for yourself, but you would if you sold them with the apple logo on it. Regardless, you should make a lot of these .. they would sell like hot cakes.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#9 posted 08-19-2012 06:59 AM

Awesome case Ryan! Just a thought, you could make the apple a cut out so that the apple on the iPhone shows through, and then I don’t think that would be an infringement, I think that would simply be allowing apple’s own logo to show through the work rather than you selling something with their logo on it.

If apple tried to say something, you could simply respond, “I didn’t put your logo on it, I simply removed enough wood that people could see the logo you put on the phone itself.”

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#10 posted 08-19-2012 10:52 AM

Hay, cool case. I did one some time ago but never even thought about advertising for a phone company. I still use it and get a lot of comments about it.
Hay, we both made the top 15 the same day! Now that’s really cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 01:49 PM

If you are not selling this, you have no worries about the copyright.

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#12 posted 08-19-2012 02:10 PM

sirfatty: Thats exactly what I thought when I originally posted it with the Apple logo. I just thought I would play it safe.
Thanks again everyone for your comments!

-- Ryan

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 05:03 PM

A lot of my friends are buying wooden iPhone/iPod cases. I wish my phone wasn’t curved in every way it could be. Making a case without a CNC/Laser cutter would be almost impossible


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#14 posted 08-19-2012 06:41 PM

Screw any company that would care about that logo crap. Good job, I don’t even know how the heck you did it. I’m really impressed!

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#15 posted 08-19-2012 08:23 PM

I’ve been thinking of making one of these for a while. Picked up a snap together wooden case (bottom fourth-ish clicks on and off) in that I’m going to pattern. I’m going to have to now that I dropped it an popped a corner off.

Yours looks like a pop in/out.

How’s it hold up to repeatedly putting it in and taking it out?

Reason I ask is that a lot of devices (stereos, docks, arm bands, car mounts) can’t seem to hold bulky mounts.

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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