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Old 04-23-2012, 04:14 AM   #1
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Ebookreader in wood?

Has anyone tried popping open, say a Kobo Touch, and then made a case out of wood? I know you can get skins but wouldn't a ebookreader in a wood case be nice? And ifyou had a little metal inlay across the top of the frame it's would be very Steampunky...
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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Instructables article here from someone who has:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Wood-Kindle-Case/
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Thanks but you misunderstand. I was wondering if someone had replaced the actual frame of an ebookreader.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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Ohhhh . Chances are, someone has!
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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I seem to remember seeing someone posting about taking the shell off of a netbook and replacing it with a custom made wooden one. Don't remember where and so far have not seen any other projects of this kind.
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If they can make a toilet into a computer, they can make a wooden case for an ereader.

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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oohhh, I would love a steampunky kindle. Hell, I'd even get a touch model if that was the only way to get one. (want, want, want)
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Unhappy Oh-h-h-h

Oh ........... that's sad.
From the thread title, I thought it was a "found in a wood after alien landing" - type ereader experience........

Anyway, if it's a wooden cover you want, be too much work - anti-woodworm, paint it with creosote every summer, get accused of killing trees.....
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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I don't know...even if it was sanded down properly, I'd still manage to get a splinter from the damn thing.

Can you imagine, like a scene from The Birds, being attacked by a bunch of woodpeckers while you were outside reading?
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:46 AM   #10
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Something different in Dead Tree books. =}

Actually though, I bet it would look nice.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #11
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I love the idea!! And I can't imagine it would be that difficult to do for a touch reader since all you'd need to do is pop it out of it's plastic case and make a wooden one with a hole in the top. A nice maple would remove most of the splinter risk. Trick would probably be getting the edge clearance for the IR assuming you have a newer touch screen. Just not sure I can bring myself to sacrifice my Kobo Touch to try it.
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Hmm maybe if I tried with Kobo Wifi? And the wood should be light but hard.. Since I'm in Sweden I can easily get Birch and Masur (kind of Birch burl that can be polished) Wheels whirling...
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I love the idea!! And I can't imagine it would be that difficult to do for a touch reader since all you'd need to do is pop it out of it's plastic case and make a wooden one with a hole in the top. A nice maple would remove most of the splinter risk. Trick would probably be getting the edge clearance for the IR assuming you have a newer touch screen. Just not sure I can bring myself to sacrifice my Kobo Touch to try it.
This shows a teardown of the nook original. Note that the front and back covers are very thin. You'd find it difficult or impossible to form them from wood. Even veneer needs a backing or it will fall about.



Your wood-encased Kobo hopes are similarly crushed, it seems.
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You could probably make it out of Compreg or Dymondwood. This is laminate of birch or beech impregnated with acrylic resin and is extremely strong. Compreg is usually plain, whereas Dymondwood dyes the veneers different colours before laminating.
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You could probably make it out of Compreg or Dymondwood. This is laminate of birch or beech impregnated with acrylic resin and is extremely strong. Compreg is usually plain, whereas Dymondwood dyes the veneers different colours before laminating.

Yea, but it would be indistinguishable from real plastic.



But you'd know.

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