Unplggd reader David wrote in today with his impressive DIY project, creating a stylish and protective case for his iPad, "inspired by old out-of-print hard cover books librarians ruggedized in an attempt to make them last a few years longer".
My name is David Hsu and I'm a new student at Pratt's Master of Industrial Design program starting in the fall. I thought you guys might like my recent summer project: Hard Cover Jacket for the iPad. When I found out my DODOcase would not arrive in time for a recent vacation, I decided to make my own out of fiberboard. The case is bound together with book binding fabric and the iPad is held in by a basswood frame. The screen is further protected by neoprene foam and microfiber cloth when the case is closed.
The Old Book Case for iPad is constructed of balsa and bass wood, fiberboard, neoprene, cork, and cloth. David is offering the fruits of his labour and selling the Old Book Case at Etsy for $50-$60, depending upon whether you prefer black or red detailing.