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Old 06-24-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Homemade Kindle DX Cover

So I got my DX just a few days after it came out and was looking for a cover. Every one of them looks like an executive portfolio cover. Not one has any real style (Unless you count Executive Portfolio as a style).

So I decided to make my own.

Also see the attached photos.

Looking around I found an old Dungeons and Dragons manual (Yeah I'm one of those guys) begging to to be cut up and re-purposed. The size was perfect so I ripped out the pages to get the book boards from it.

I re-covered the boards with a handmade mulberry paper from a scrapbook store, and used a fabric ribbon to make the spine.

The interior is made from black craft foam.
I lined the front and back covers with thin pieces of craft foam.
For the surrounding body I used two thicker pieces (each about 1/4 inch thick) and glued them together. Then when dry I cut it to fit the Kindle DX with a craft knife. Then glued that to the craft foam on the back cover.

Once that was dry I cut it down to allow access to the USB/Charging port and the headphone jack and power switch.

This has made a very sturdy cover that is also very light weight.
The foam holds it securely, and provides protection.
Plus I get the "book" experience when I use it instead of feeling like I'm carrying around a presentation I'm about to show to a CEO.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:07 PM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead, clarter.

Well done on your cover.

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That's pretty interesting. Is the foam on the bottom edge strong enough to hold the Kindle up by itself, or is there also something else supporting it?
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:42 PM   #4
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The foam itself is enough. It's cut to the curved edges of the DX so the corners, where it's just slightly thicker due to the curve, supports it quite well, and sends some of the support into the sides a bit. The foam does flex just a bit on the bottom (maybe 1/16 inch) but the glue that I used is specifically designed for craft foam (Craft foam glue from Beacon) and holds very well, it hasn't separated at all and is quite firm. The other edges I have not seen any flexing at all.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:48 PM   #5
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That's as good as some of the ones on the market.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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Thats a nice cover
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:38 PM   #7
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That's incredibly stylish. Also has the added benefit that people won't be inclined to steal it if they see it sitting on your desk!
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:22 AM   #8
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Looking around I found an old Dungeons and Dragons manual (Yeah I'm one of those guys) begging to to be cut up and re-purposed.
The blasphemy! Although your kindle does get a +1 bonus now. Seriously though it looks nice. Hope you enjoy your kindle DX.
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The foam itself is enough. It's cut to the curved edges of the DX so the corners, where it's just slightly thicker due to the curve, supports it quite well, and sends some of the support into the sides a bit. The foam does flex just a bit on the bottom (maybe 1/16 inch) but the glue that I used is specifically designed for craft foam (Craft foam glue from Beacon) and holds very well, it hasn't separated at all and is quite firm. The other edges I have not seen any flexing at all.
Cool, I hadn't thought about the pressure on the corners.
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Very nice indeed, it looks sturdy.
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Oh! This gives me all sorts of ideas as I'm looking for a cover that I can fold back without cracking the hinge areas. Plus spending a whole lot less than the retailers are charging would be nice...

When cutting the foam, did you just lay the kindle out and trace, then cut? Or should I put the kindle 2/dx on the copier and make a cutout, then tape it to the foam for exact cutting?
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I just traced around it with the craft knife. I didn't try to cut all the way through with it in place though. Once the foam was scored all the way around I removed the kindle then cut through. The craft foam seem to cut best using multiple shallow cuts. If I tried to cut too deep it tended to leave a rougher edge.
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