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Forum topic by bhemi posted 09-07-2008 04:16 AM 1878 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2008 04:16 AM

My son is into “steam punk” fiction. Basically making new stuff look old. He has talked me into building a case for his iPod. I have never built a box that small. His iPod is the 160 GB one that is about 3”x5” and about 1/2” thick.

What is the best way to do this? I thought about tracing the outline in 3/4” mahogany and routering it out to 1/2” depth and then building a lid. Or should I build a small case with mitre joints?

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#1 posted 09-07-2008 05:25 AM

hmm… the router idea might do a bit more for protecting it – having fewer parts and joints. (I’ve dropped mine, or lost it between the drivers seat and center console more than once) – and perhaps looking more like a block of wood than a box would be up his alley.

Make magazine, or perhaps ReadyMade had a thing in the past year or so about making cases for your iPod, out of books, Altoids tins, and ironically, out of a Sony Walkman from the 80’s. Lots of great possibilities and inspirations on their websites perhaps?

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 08:52 AM

If only for the sake of durability and protection, I’d go the routed block way. In case you need some inspiration check out the fine job these guys do:

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#3 posted 09-07-2008 02:22 PM

What a cool idea

It looks simple , I bet it is not as easy as it looks.

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 08:40 AM

Unfortunately, most of the time, it is actually very difficult to make things look simple. But what a rewarding challenge nonetheless!

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#5 posted 09-09-2008 02:23 PM

get a bock of wood and rout away all of the parts that are not the case.. this is a neat project. I also would leave the face cut out for the screen and wheel so that oyu can operate the ipod from without opening it.

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#6 posted 09-09-2008 06:42 PM

You might be able to do something like this: Secret boxes
I really like the case given in the link above by JoJo… those look great too!


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#7 posted 09-10-2008 05:59 AM

You might be able to capture the steampunk essence by making a wooden top frame with a screwed on brass overplate, wooden back and mini barrel hinges like those used in pen cases. Brass can be routed and drilled with and router bits and Forstner bits used for wood, and metal cutting scroll saw blades.


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#8 posted 09-11-2008 12:24 AM

Funny, I was thinking about this today. My classic-style iPod is getting a bit beat, and I really don’t care for the ugly rubber or plastic ones out there.

Essentially, I’d like to make a “sleeve” of sorts…, what a project that would be!

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#9 posted 09-11-2008 05:38 PM

Douglas, I like the way you think… that look is too cool. Would you lay the brass overplate on a shallow dado on the top? Or would you just do a surface mount?

Does anyone know where you can get the plastic that they use for iPod cases? What about belt clips?

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#10 posted 09-12-2008 11:11 AM

The guy I share a bench with everyday makes these neat little cases for his smokes. I’ll try to get him to post how he makes these Micro Boxes, since it sound like there is some interest. I’ll be seeing him again on the 22nd of September so check back.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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