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Real Wood iPod 289

An anonymous reader submits "People have tried modding their iPods using wood before, but it took the genius of ZapWizard to create the Real Wood iPod. Hand carved from a solid piece of African hardwood to a thickness of just 2mm, the end result has to be seen to be believed. Wood grain is the new Apple White!"
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  • by Ray Alloc ( 835739 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:20AM (#12983564)
    African wood...
  • by nathanh ( 1214 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:22AM (#12983569) Homepage
    More importantly, the wood enclosure adds a depth and warmth to the music that simply isn't possible with man-made plastics. The resonant frequency of hardwood reduces jitter in the decoding circuit so the result is a higher fidelity experience.
  • by ppolitop ( 870365 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:23AM (#12983570)
    Does it float? It would be very useful companion while swimming ;) the doc
  • well.. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Sv-Manowar ( 772313 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:24AM (#12983573) Homepage Journal
    How long until we can start getting, say... a mahongany powerbook?

    A pine iBook sounds appealing
  • dremel (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:24AM (#12983578)
    Looks great, but 'carving by hand' does not include the use of a dremel rotary tool.
    • Re:dremel (Score:2, Insightful)

      by lowtek77 ( 896266 )
      hmmm I don't see the difference between using an ole whittlin' knife and guiding a dremel by hand. Unless you like to carve with a finger?--Must not have stubby hands like myself.
      • It is understood that "hand carved" doesn't imply the use of power tools. To the actual sculpture's credit, his website does not state that it's hand carved--the AC submitter did that. Hmm, maybe it was the author who submitted.
    • Re:dremel (Score:3, Insightful)

      by vikks ( 256740 )
      ...but 'carving by hand' does not include the use of a dremel rotary tool.

      Which leaves us with only nails available for carving by hand. "By knife" is not by hand as well, right?
      • Re:dremel (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Kombat ( 93720 )
        Which leaves us with only nails available for carving by hand. "By knife" is not by hand as well, right?

        In woodworking parlance, "by hand" means without the use of powered tools. "Handmade furniture" is built using hand planes instead of jointers and planars, handdrills instead of a drillpress, routing planes instead of a router, hand saws instead of table saws, etc.
  • Touch wheel (Score:5, Interesting)

    by derphilipp ( 745164 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:25AM (#12983579) Homepage
    I wonder how the touchsensitive selection wheel does work... Yes i read the article... (perhaps i missed something?)
    • Re:Touch wheel (Score:5, Informative)

      by myukew ( 823565 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:49AM (#12983637) Homepage
      Yes, the touch-wheel still works. Touch-wheels are capacitance sensors, you can learn about them at
      • Re:Touch wheel (Score:5, Informative)

        by datafr0g ( 831498 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `gorfatad'> on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @06:01AM (#12983805) Homepage
        Cheers for the site!

        Here's the blurb for those too lazy to search the site :)

        QWheel(TM) touch wheel technology can be thought of as a 'capacitive potentiometer', where the wiper is a finger. The electrode consists of a simple resistive ring element placed behind the plastic panel; three capacitive QT sensing channels are connected to this ring, and the signals processed to 7-bits of absolute position. The result is output on an SPI serial interface. The device can be set to sense through panels up to 3mm thick, and even through gloves.

        The entire circuit with the electrode ring can be fabricated on a single-sided PCB for very low cost. In many cases the technology is less expensive than mechanical equivalents, and in all cases is more reliable.
  • Wooden IPOD (Score:3, Interesting)

    by rimberg ( 133307 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:29AM (#12983593) Homepage
    I expect there is a mrket out there for all sorts of wooden covers. Just think of a phone with a wooden cover.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:30AM (#12983596)
    Steve Jobs has a 10 x 10 iPod wallhanging in the hall by his office, there are about 25 made with various woods. (Hi gloss maple looks ..killer.. with white buttons.) This one would seemingly fit in but looks to be executed to lower quality than those in the display.

    My absolutely favorite were five iPods in a row done by Dale Chihuly in his Macchia [] glass patterns. Insane !! priceless is more like it.

    • I call BS (Score:3, Insightful)

      by green pizza ( 159161 )
      I call BS until someone posts a photo of this wallhanging. Seriously. If it's really that cool, someone would have taken a snapshot with their cameraphone by now.

      It's not like Steve Jobs invented the iPod or the MP3 player concept himself anyway. The Diamond Rio was one of the originals and AFAIK, Apple outsourced the iPod development to a freelance EE.
    • "This one would seemingly fit in but looks to be executed to lower quality than those in the display."

      Low quality? This mod is phenominal. If you had a team of designers and millions of dollars, you could have what Steve Jobs supposedly has. The rest of us will admire what one guy has done.
  • Lotsa Pictures (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nmb3000 ( 741169 ) <> on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:36AM (#12983610) Journal
    There's enough pictures on there that this could easily go down.

    Here's a Coral Cache [] of it to help ease some of the disappearing server Slashdot magic.
  • Termites (Score:5, Funny)

    by axonal ( 732578 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:41AM (#12983618)
    Great, now I need a termite protection plan for my iPod.
  • Excellent. I've been saying for years that I want a cellphone with a woodgrain case and real metal buttons. The more people look at this iPod case mod, the closer my dream comes to being true.
    • Excellent. I've been saying for years that I want a cellphone with a woodgrain case and real metal buttons.
      Then get some good close-grained wood, some sharp knifes, a Dremel, and start whittling! It really is not as hard as most people think, and you'd probably be able to create an acceptable cover with some practice. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of having made it yourself.
  • Apple wood (Score:5, Funny)

    by sita ( 71217 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:00AM (#12983675)
    I guess apple wood isn't hard enough, but it seems like a natural choice for this particular application.
  • by Arthur B. ( 806360 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:01AM (#12983680)
    woody ipod is nothing new, I'm not impressed. But if the guy showed a sarge ipod...
  • Mmmmm (Score:4, Funny)

    by maharg ( 182366 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:12AM (#12983710) Homepage Journal
    you've got wood, haven't you !
  • Too much time.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Eminence ( 225397 ) <akbrandt@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:12AM (#12983711) Homepage
    Some people have clearly too much time on their hands. Some of those put it to good use and we call them "artists". :)
  • Full SFF Case (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gometro33 ( 767428 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:27AM (#12983740)
    You can check out some of this other work here: ProjectRedwood 3.0 []. I've been following it for a while and he says he has to finish by August so expect big updates.
  • technology (Score:3, Funny)

    by Blaaguuu ( 886777 ) <blaaguuu@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @05:35AM (#12983756)
    Im just waiting for technology to increase enough so we can build these things out of plastic... that will be the day. Now dont get me wrong... wood electronics are great... but wouldnt plastic be awesome?
  • Of course, a genetically modified tree could grow iPods in place of branches.
  • Unfortunately, due to the loss of the magnetic field reflections when you move to wood from plastic, your storage capacity is reduced to tree gig.


  • Carving the front of another iPod from the bones of the starved musicians that died after the massive proliferation of music piracy. Available in bone and regular white!
  • truly (Score:2, Funny)

    by pintomp3 ( 882811 )
    stuff that matters. i guess this time the matter is wood.
  • by Reverant ( 581129 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @06:34AM (#12983859) Homepage
    Because I know iWood!
  • does it run Debian Woody?

  • durability (Score:3, Informative)

    by real_smiff ( 611054 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @06:45AM (#12983890)
    nice, but isn't the long term problem that the wood is likely to crack or split, either just naturally or from impact. he said it already split four times when making it. 2mm thick wood, i'm not sure how tough that "would" (ahem) be. i guess there are ways of treating wood to make it stand up but how reliable it would be to mass produce i don't know... looks nice now though :)
  • besides taking more time and wood, was there any other reason why he only made the front wood and not the back? it didn't seem that any hardware was stuck to it.
  • Looks great But? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by NetNinja ( 469346 )
    Show me a picture of it after 6 months of normal use and let's see if it looks as great as the crummy white plastic finish would.
  • mm... the 70's (Score:2, Interesting)

    by eegad ( 588763 )
    I always suspected Apple's smooth, white finish would ring true with those still trapped in the 70's... Maybe the next generation ipods will feature avocado green and harvest gold cases! Kill me now.
  • Personally, i think the rear chrome panel is the first thing that needs to be dealt with.

    While it looks great out of the box, if you so much as breathe on it you scratch the hell out of it..

  • opinions (Score:3, Insightful)

    by chasingporsches ( 659844 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2005 @04:34PM (#12988508)
    since posting this on /. just begs for opinions, here's my critical opinion of this clever, creative work: the wood with gloss looks very nice. the snaps on the back and smoothness of the finish makes it look very classy. however, the click wheel and button look VERY cheesy, too rounded. if it wereless glossy and rounded, and probably with engraved control labels, it would be much more professional and easy on the eyes. the screen was not cut out professionally at all. you did such an excellent job on the rest, why skimp on the screen?! the cutout is wavy, not smooth, and it looks very last-minute. but all in all, great stuff. and i like the black dock.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller