iPod Nano Wood Case

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Project by mjdinsmore posted 09-16-2013 03:24 AM 3472 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple photographs of an Apple iPod Nano case that I made out of wood. I used walnut for the main case and the sliding dovetail cover is made from maple. The main case is made of a single piece of wood. I used my drill press to rough out the main wood and then used hand hand chisels to finish up the job. It fits like a glove.

It does a wonderful job protecting the iPod and it looks super sharp compared to those plastic ones most people have!

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 07:23 AM

Wow this is awesome I think I could make one for a mobile phone this case you made would do a spectacular job of protecting it and also could there be a hole drilled to fit the head phone plug? Overall great project and great thinking.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 03:46 PM

That’s a nice case! I’m sure it will stand up to wear with no problem.
I’ve made 3 iPod 5g cases. One out of lacewood and maple. It cracked during a humidity change. The second was zebrawood and black palm. I sliced the palm at 2mm and splintered after about a year of use. The third one, which I’ve been using for about 5 years is made from camphor.
It’s had alot of use!

The iPod Nano’s are too small, I need at least 60gigs for my music.

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 01:06 AM

Nice job on your case! Sorry to hear it cracked! I haven’t had any problem with mine and my oldest case is about 4 or 5 years old now ( I think I tried to reduce the places where cracking may occur and that led me to the sliding dovetail cover. I did have an earlier prototype I made (see below) that had an external sliding dovetail cover but I decided I didn’t like that because it was too bulky and more fragile too.

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