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Old 09-27-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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DIY Kindle Case

My Kindle arrives on Tuesday (according to the shipping tracker). I am already convinced I want to make a custom case for it. Partly because I want it to suit my personality, partly because I am crafty like that and a little bored. For those of you that have made your own what do you use to stiffen it? I'm thinking either cardboard or plastic needlepoint mesh, but I'm worrid that neither will be sturdy enought to truly protect my device.

Any tips?
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:39 PM   #2
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It seems to me that people are mostly adapting a cover from something else for use with a Kindle. Day Planner or similar sized note book covers seem be the most conversion friendly.
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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Normally I am partial to plexiglas ... but it is brittle . For screen protection I would go with hobby board rather than cardboard. Not brittle, good protection; and can be made water reistant with paint.

Given that you will cover it, consider that if the cover does get damp ... the cardboard could swell or disintegrate.
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:56 PM   #4
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Masonite is another possibility, but it also disintegrates in moisture and is rather heavy. PVC can be bought in sheets at hobby stores, but PVC can shatter. You can get ABS in sheet form at different thicknesses, and it's shatter-resistant, but you may have a hard time finding reasonable sized sheets except online, when you might have to buy a huge 4x8' sheet. I would suggest checking a framing store for shatter-resistant plastic used in picture frames (probably acrylic). This is most important for a panel to protect the front, especially the screen. Even if you use some kind of folder like a day planner, you might want to tuck a rectangle of shatter-resistant plastic (or sealed hobby board, as Ricky suggests) into the front to protect the screen.

MAKE magazine had an article about making an iPod case from carbon fiber and resin in Volume 9. You might find it helpful for your purposes, though I wouldn't rely on fiber and resin to protect the screen.
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