Gary Katz shared this custom built wooden iPad case that was designed to mimic the feel and appearance of an old, antique box from Apple circa 1945, built with under $20 worth of materials.
Apple's iPads are incredible, beautiful, and a joy to use. They aren't cheap however, and the investment is worth protecting. You definitely should have a smart cover or case to keep the iPad from getting scratched or cracked. I decided to use some wood and a pair of old shorts to create a black distressed case to protect and tote it. I used a 3/8 inch thick piece of wood, an old pair of shorts with the fuzzy inside (like Wilson gym shorts or sweats), some 3/8 inch square wooden rods from a craft store, brass screws, a piece of leather from a luggage tag, a large gold brad, some strong round magnets, wood glue (gorilla glue), and black wood stain.
A magnet closure keeps the whole setup safely snug, and he finished off the effect with a complementary faux bois iPad wallpaper. Not bad, Gary...not bad at all!
Check out further details of Gary's project An iPad Case from 1945? How To Make Your Own at the Katz Blog.
Also be sure to check out Gary's other Apple-centric projects below (the man's love of Apple has no limits!):