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Project by Woodwrecker posted 04-11-2014 10:03 PM 3666 views 5 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I recently bought my first Lap top computer, (yeah I know, welcome to the new, I knew I could do better building my own carrying case then buying one of those over-priced bulky ones from the computer store.
So I got to work with two criteria: keep it as small as possible to hold everything I’d need to carry, and make it nice looking.
The whole case is oak pallet wood, with a rubberized mat lining.
Everything fits in there just right, and the case is well balanced for carrying.
The dimensions are approximately 4” x 19 1/2” x 12”
The inside is painted jet-black under the rubber lining
The finish is boiled linseed oil, polyurethane and wax.

I added some process shots below.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

I’ve been dovetailing everything lately, so time to switch up and do some box joints for a change.

Remove the nails & staples from that pallet wood. There are a ton.

Do some re-sawing.

Plane the re-sawn stock down to proper thickness (1/2”)

Cut the case pieces and side panels to proper lengths and do a bunch of glue ups.

Cut my box joints and do that glue up.

Use my template router jig to make my design and then glue up the whole box.


Measure real carefully to make sure each compartment will hold what I want to store in there and cut the lid off the box.

Paint the inside and install the rubberized lining.

Mortise in the hinges and make my carrying handle.

I then tweak everything to fit nicely, install the rest of the hardware and go over the finish once more.

Thanks again.
I hope you liked my project.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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JAY Made

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 10:11 PM

Love It

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 10:13 PM

I’m always amazed at the things you make from pallets. That looks nice and will protect your laptop better than the typical “soft” case.

Great job.

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 10:22 PM

That is one NICE case. Super Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 10:39 PM

Very nice, perfect for a woodworker.

-- ~Julie~

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 10:45 PM

Very classy case. One fit for a woodworker!!!!!!!!!!!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 10:46 PM

A great blog and a nice result Wrecker.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 10:49 PM

Sweetness, Great idea with a quality case to match!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Paul M

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 10:58 PM

A very classy wood case, “old school” containing a very modern component. Little bit of fun there! Great job.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 11:11 PM

very Impressive! like you I very seldom buy wood. plenty around if you look for it

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 04-11-2014 11:56 PM

I replaced the handles on my old portable with wooden ones, after a rubber one broke. It worked for years. That was a large desktop replacement portable, that lives in our vacation home in La Conner…...and I am typing on it now. I have a tiny portable now that is really for work, but actually gets quite a bit of home use. The biggest problem with computers is weight….......and it always seems like you are trying to stuff in more junk. So I would think about the weight of that case, and note that it is not very…....errr…....expandable. But if you have a consistent load of stuff, and the portable is not too big, that case will give it great protection. And you is going to have the coolest case on the plane, or train, or whatever.

Great idea, great job…...........

It’s been in the mid 50’s, even over 60 while we have been here for the last two weeks. Going back to Anchorage, where it is still winter, 35 degrees right now, and the snow is still on the ground. But about now, it will start to warm up and suddenly it will be summer… spring in Alaska. The trees leaf out practically overnight, they have it all figured out.

While I was here in La Conner, I was working on my bench, a strange torsion box thing, since it has to be put away each night. I have a reasonable group of power tools here now, so I can actually do a little work.

Have a good one, and keep on recycling those pallets….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 04-11-2014 11:57 PM

what a great project, i think the wood you used was some really nice looking wood, from the box joints to the handle you did a great job, ive thought about making a brief case for my son who is a teacher, this inspires me a good bit.

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

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#12 posted 04-12-2014 12:26 AM

Love the source of the wood and the results.

I have a question about that template, did you do the entire cut out design with that template?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 04-12-2014 01:16 AM

Nice job and is an inspiration to all of us. Nice to see all of those yellow tools.

-- DeputyDawg

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#14 posted 04-12-2014 01:17 AM

It shouts WOODWORKER !! I love your computer case it is certainly unique. Thanks for the detailed post.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 04-12-2014 02:12 AM

I love the case, if possible I’d recommend attaching a thick elastic band to the top of the case (even better if cut in half with Velcro), this way you can place your laptop in the top half and use the elastic to hold it in place against the other parts in the bottom half.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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