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Old 08-15-2007, 06:07 PM   #1
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aluminum case?

Has anyone seen something that would make a good case made from metal? I'm thinking aluminum would be the best choice. The polycarb cases seem like they'd add more thickness then I'd want. I think if you could get basically the included cover, bud made with aluminum leaves, and with something to hold the cover shut, I'd be all about that.
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Yvan (I think?) made a point in a recent thread that if you want to use the connection point on the back that there has to be a flexible or semi-flexible attachment to it, or you will have issues trying to attach (and especially remove) it.
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:42 PM   #3
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I'm not too worried about that. I figure I can use adhesive backed velcro to hold the reader in place.

Actually, I had another idea shortly after the post, I may see if I can slit the edge of the front cover open and insert a piece of sheet aluminum or other stiff material. I will be carrying my reader in a backpack quite often, adn the 2 things I'm worried about is the cover opening and something damaging the screen, and the cover being flexible, and something damaging the screen(or the reader even) through the screen.
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You should look at my leather case. I dropped it down a flight of concrete steps while reading, and the Reader wasn't harmed.
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If you're wanting something to protect it in your backpack rather than an always on type of cover, that opens up some more options for you. I've had great luck with my hollow book for that, but that approach may be too bulky for your needs ....
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I saw an aluminum case for the PSP that was relatively cheap. I didn't have my reader with me to compare for size. If you retrim the interior's foam you might just be able to fit the reader in.

What I'd suggest for maintaining the reader in place is relatively simple, two little high power magnets. Just put a dollop of epoxy and tack at the right place. There are two magnets already in the reader that serve as closures for the covers. Locate those and their polarity to locate the right place for placement. If the thought of metal rubbing on paint makes you cringe, just put a self adhering felt disk on top of the magnet. All people who use my boxes will attest that it works without interference and harm to the reader.
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Has anyone seen something that would make a good case made from metal? I'm thinking aluminum would be the best choice. The polycarb cases seem like they'd add more thickness then I'd want. I think if you could get basically the included cover, bud made with aluminum leaves, and with something to hold the cover shut, I'd be all about that.
I was looking into this before I found a cheap polycarb source. (See http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11420)

You could use a two-part case machined out of metal. I asked a local shop about taking a 5"x7.25"x0.5" piece of aluminum and milling out a 4.85"x7"x0.35" hole. Then cut a 5"x7.25" sheet of 1/8" aluminum sheet for a cover. Hinges and latches are tricky in aluminum, but you could use a steel cover and magnets. It was only a $15 part to have fabricated, and lining it with fabric should prevent scratches. Maybe clever use of fabric could provide you
a hinge as well as scratch prevention.

If you have one made, don't forget to send us pictures.
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All people who use my boxes will attest that it works without interference and harm to the reader.
I do hereby so attest.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:10 PM   #9
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I was looking into this before I found a cheap polycarb source. (See http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11420)

You could use a two-part case machined out of metal. I asked a local shop about taking a 5"x7.25"x0.5" piece of aluminum and milling out a 4.85"x7"x0.35" hole. Then cut a 5"x7.25" sheet of 1/8" aluminum sheet for a cover. Hinges and latches are tricky in aluminum, but you could use a steel cover and magnets. It was only a $15 part to have fabricated, and lining it with fabric should prevent scratches. Maybe clever use of fabric could provide you
a hinge as well as scratch prevention.

If you have one made, don't forget to send us pictures.
My latest box is built exactly the same way but in the two halves of a block of wood instead. The milled part is exactly the shape of the reader+ 3/32 all around and then lined with felt.

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:00 AM   #10
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My latest box is built exactly the same way but in the two halves of a block of wood instead. The milled part is exactly the shape of the reader+ 3/32 all around and then lined with felt.
Yvan,

I thought you had retired from the Reader Case business. Are you back in business?
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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Yvan,

I thought you had retired from the Reader Case business. Are you back in business?
Well! Now that my arm is twisted behind my back, I think I'll make an announcement.

By the end of september, I will produce a run of smaller boxes without lighting in two species of the most durable woods. After making more expensive boxes which got me to experiment with different species, three came out as more stable prospects. I will show them when the time comes.

They will cost $75.00USD + $5.00 for boxing and around $25.00 for shipping across the States. Different shipping rates will apply for the rest of the world and lower ones in Canada obviously.

I have chosen to forget lighting because I can't have reliable hand assembly results, that it plainly doubles the price and that I spend more time doing the lighting than the woodworking, not my cup of tea.

Right now, I'm swamped with work (making a huge library ironic isn't it) and I have to find some other hinge type and inset its differences to the production and tooling.
That's all for now.
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I'd definitely be interested in one of those cases. Looks sharp
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how much do the current prototypes weight?
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Around the same as the reader to slightly less depending on the wood used.
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