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Can You Believe a Laptop Briefcase Can Be Made Out of Pallets ?

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This laptop case was made out of necessity. I wanted a hard clamshell-style case that would be durable enough to be strapped down onto my motorcycle. Even the "hard" cases would squish and let my larger laptop get scratched. I always save the scraps and trimmings from the nicer woods that we've managed to get from pallets, and have become intrigued with inlay and veneers, so I thought if I was going to do it, I might as well have some fun.

I used some thin plywood as the base material for the flat surfaces, and then looked for as many wood scraps as I could find that had defects, interesting features, knot holes, etc., and then sliced them fairly thin with a band saw. I hand-fitted them with a small hand plane so they'd fit snug, and then glued them all down onto the plywood (like the 1/8" thick plywood - very thin and flexible). I did one side - the top side like a crazy quilt and just had a lot of fun with it. The bottom I wanted to do a modified sunburst, because I had a branch of pecan that was dry and I sliced it in thin strips. It was beautiful! I liked that some of the pieces even had some of the bark intact, and left it that way.

Once both of the patterns were done, I then built a top and bottom frame from Redwood and adjusted the thickness to fit my 10.2" Toshiba Radius with a little room to spare so I can carry a small polishing cloth for the screen. I also built it a few inches wider so I could store the power cord, a mini-mouse and a spare flash drive, etc. Measurements? Drawings? Naw. That's for people who pre-plan, know what they're doing, and can execute it flawlessly. That's not me. I'm just having fun. I got it to fit my laptop the way I wanted, and when the top/bottom panels were thoroughly dry, I trimmed them to the right size and then attached them to the frames. I applied trim to hide the slightly rough edges,

When it was all assembled into the top and bottom pieces, I then sanded it all as smooth as possible, patched some of the wood defects or gaps, and then allowed it to dry. I re-sanded all the way down to 600-grit, and then after removing the dust, began applying oil-based gloss polyurethane. Between each coat, I'd dry it and then sand it gently with 600-grit. I applied a total of five layers.

I lined it with an old laptop neoprene sleeve that I didn't like from my larger computer. I cut it to fit and glued it in with some 3M spray adhesive. I trimmed it with some small brass corners and attached two little latches - so those, along with the two hinges were the only things I had to buy it.

I'm excited to walk into the office carrying it into the office to see the reactions from my coworkers.

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HeatherStiletto
Bio: I'm a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Southern California, and enjoy woodworking with pallets. I've mad... read more

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Juice

Motorcycling? Pallet wood? creativity? Marry me. Okay, I saw you’re already married. But thanks for the ideas. Can I reach out to you for some tips? I would LOVE to make that case. By the way, I think a leather strap for a handle would be the cherry on top of it all

Lapasserel Apasserel

Wow

Malcolm Mifsud
Malcolm Mifsud

WOW

Nicholas Giampietro

wow !! amazing !!

Patricia Asher

Would be too heavy to carry.

jeroen
jeroen

very nice work! ! thx for the inspiration .” greats from Holland “

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