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Project by stefang posted 12-30-2011 09:01 PM 3312 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I get depressed every year before Dec.25th. I’m not bi-polar, but I do fret about what to get my wife for Christmas. Her wish list is usually too short and way to0 modest! This year she gave me her list on the 23rd (we exchange gifts here in Norway on Christmas eve). At the bottom of her list she wrote “a fancy mobil phone?” Wow! I really hopped onto that one. At last, something worthwhile giving her. The problem was that I couldn’t get an iPhone locally without a contract with a service provider, so I had to order it from the online Apple store, which meant no delivery until after Christmas.

I didn’t like the idea of her not getting a package from me, so I did what any woodworker would do, I made her an iPhone out of wood. My son found an iPhone cut-out pattern on the net that could be printed out and. My son said that he printed out 5 copies for me. I thanked him for his confidence in my abilities (I did after all succeed with the fourth one). I made up a wood blank in the right dimensions, rounded the edges and the corners then stuck it on with two sided tape around the edges (fourth try). This worked like a charm as you can see from the brilliant results. I then made a fabulous gift box for it which took me 15 minutes to make (give or take and hour). I hope you like it.

Now that my wife has gotten her real iPhone, I am tempted to keep the wooden one and just flash it around to make folks think that I have one too and that I don’t really dislike mobil phones.

As for my wife, she isn’t particularly happy with her gift (yet). It takes awhile for her to get used to new things these days. We are, after all, 71 years old, so while the old things are easy, it does take us awhile to figure out the new stuff. Eventually she will wonder how she managed without it! As for me, I am proud to have entered the electronic/digital age!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 09:08 PM

She is going to love her gift. I just got an iphone a few eeks ago and there is honestly more stuff that you can do with that phone that one can imagine. A board foot caculator, a fractional adding machine, and my favorite app … ifunny.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 09:10 PM

Clever, inventive, thoughtful….and absolutely brilliant!
Great story and an equally great project post.
I can only hope to be anywhere near that level at that age!
Thanks Mike

-- Website is finally up and

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 09:15 PM


I’ve had my iPhone for a couple years now. There was a learning curve, but I can’t imagine not having it anymore. SO much you can do with it. One of my fav’s is mapquest4mobile. It’s a FREE turn by burn navigation for the phone. I use it in the car all the time & have never needed anything else, like a Garmin.

I just cracked the face on mine recently, but it still works fine..

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 09:19 PM

Great idea Stefang. I thought it was a real one at first.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 09:19 PM

I did a similar thing, but much more modest. I promised Sherie a new iPad when the new model comes out (presumably iPad3), she has the original iPad and uses it constantly. She wants a new one with more features that have become important for her.

So I just printed out the front and back of an iPad, and wrote iPad 3 on the screen with a graphics program and then pasted the front and back to an apprpriate sized piece of cardboard…...and wrapped it as a Christmas gift…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 09:28 PM

Very clever. Unlike the others here, I will not extoll any virtues of an iPhone as I do not have one. I may get one but only because I am in the business of making iPhones work on the network and the iPhone developers are humans too and they have made some errors – creating work for everyone else trying to make sure they work on their networks.

In any case, your woodworking is flawless. I would swear that was the real thing. I hope there is nothing to fret about now for another year!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 09:35 PM

Now I have seen everything…. what a classic…

-- Be safe.

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 10:43 PM

Always good to make points with the wife. Your wife just needs a couple of young friends and she will learn that phone easily…........

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 11:10 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Nice to hear from old friends Jim, Steve and Larry As for you Mike I do hope you realize I won’t allow any toyboys near the wife, besides, now that I’ve made an iPhone myself she can learn what she needs to know about it from me! ( I hope you don’t think I’m the jealous type).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 11:14 PM

bravo mike… i know wha your technical project has been…lol…...good job, we also entered the new tech age..our son got us a smart phone..i can now text and take pictures and check my email…is pretty amazing..and just think not to long ago, we never needed such a was black and white…and we had a dial up phone….so what is next…that is what i want to know…

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

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 11:20 PM

I made a similar case for my Android last year ( Like the lid for this one.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 11:42 PM

Thanks Grizz The next big thing is 3D TV without glasses and where you can sit anywhere in the room and still get the 3D effect. They will be on the market soon, but at an unaffordable prices for most of us.

Dhayden I clicked on your project, but it couldn’t be found.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 01:38 AM

Great idea Mike. At least yours you made will never need charging or short out. And just think if you drop it in water it will float.
Once she gets used to the way the apple product software is designed. It will become second nature for her to use. Apple is real good about not over complicating things.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 02:06 AM

Great to hear from you Dave. I’m looking forward to catching up on your projects.

Yes, I agree, Apple is good. I know it won’t be long before she loves it. We had the same negativity with her old Nokia when I got her that one a few years ago, but to begin with she really wanted it back after she got the iPhone, but my kids and grandkids have been messaging her a lot and requesting photos to be sent them, etc. for the last couple of days and she seems to be getting the hang of it real quick. I haven’t heard any complaints from her since breakfast (it’s 1am here now). I inherited the old Nokia, but I will probably leave it turned off as much as possible anyway to give me time for woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 02:25 AM

Hi Mike,

Good to hear from you. Seems as if you have been avoiding us for awhile. I loved your story and am impressed that she would want to tackle the iphone. I have a very hard time keeping up with the new technology. I’m just happy for something that works when I need it to.

Happy New Year!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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