the Woodie DS

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the Woodie DS

Post by Rekarp » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:33 pm

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Yep a stock DS. I don't really play my DS anymore so it has been collecting dust. Decided that I would woodify it.

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Couple screws later I got the bottom off.

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Bottom of the DS casing. I am going to reuse the stylist holder. Would be impossible to construct out of wood.

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Some wires I had to disconnect. This is really a picture for me so I remember where they go :lol:

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Opening the top of the DS.

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Yep. Nothing much in the top half. Just a LCD, pair a speakers, a mic and a antenna.

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The friction hinge. Going to have to figure out how to make this work in wood. I am thinking of some epoxy to fix it in.

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All the case parts I am going to have to build out of wood.

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Yep, just making sure the DS still works. 8)

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The raw mahogany wood. This is 2'x3"x5/8" in size.


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Resaw the mahogany into 1/16" sheets.

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Profile of the side pieces for the top of the casing.

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Pre-sanding is done ready for glue.

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And...the boring picture of the wood drying....

I am going to be building this thing part by part. That is finish one part completely so I can eliminate the slight tolerances caused my the lacquer finish.
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Post by Kyo » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:38 pm

good to see you're not exposing it to static electricity ;)

This forum is so the proof that the dangers of static electricity are greatly exaggerated. Can't wait to see your progress.

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Post by Rekarp » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:43 pm

Kyo wrote:good to see you're not exposing it to static electricity ;)

This forum is so the proof that the dangers of static electricity are greatly exaggerated. Can't wait to see your progress.
Actually its in sitting on a Anti-static mat :P
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Post by Kyo » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:47 pm

yeah, but your fingers carelessly touched the mainboard! :O

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Post by mmoshkowich » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:40 pm

This is going to be awesome all of your wooden stuff is epic. Are you going to do the DS logo in wood also? just wondering

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Post by Rekarp » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:47 pm

mmoshkowich wrote:This is going to be awesome all of your wooden stuff is epic. Are you going to do the DS logo in wood also? just wondering
Funny you would ask that.

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Rough filing of the logo. I am making it out of maple to accent the mahogany top.

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Vice and a fine file makes quick work of the extra material.

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This one is done.

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Comparing how the logo started out and how it finished.

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Next to the real thing. Pretty close. Its a little taller so I sanded it down a bit.

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I decided to use Super Glue to attach it. I didn't want to clean up the mess Wood Glue makes.

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Spraying on the Lacquer.

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This won't be the final finish but is needed to keep the wood from warping.
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Post by palmertech » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:48 pm

If you call pull this off, it will rock.

How much larger will this be than the stock DS case?
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Post by Rekarp » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:00 pm

palmertech wrote:If you call pull this off, it will rock.

How much larger will this be than the stock DS case?
Same size.
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Post by Turbo Tax 1.0 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:01 pm

this is ridiculously awesome. it's looking fantastic already I cant wait to see the finished product
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Post by khaag » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:53 pm

This thing is going to be so rad when it's finished. Can't wait to see it done.

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Post by Triton » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:07 pm

If im the franken-case king you are the wooden-case king :lol: your lucky i dont have woodworking tools or the money to buy wood! :wink:
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Post by themadhacker » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:13 pm

This is great! What all do you plan on woodifying in the future? A car? (get it, "woodie")
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Post by Killer_Rabbit » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:35 pm

Excellent work so far. I'm extra-impressed by the wood logo.

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Post by grahf » Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:14 am

wow, no f'in way! I never though i'd ever see a wooden DS, but your making one. I can't wait to see the way this comes out. Your work has inspired me to build a wooden cased portable some time in the future.

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Post by Kyo » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:31 am

Yeah, the wooden cases of him (and c_mon) always look great. I too want to make a wooden case somewhen. But first I gotta make a case at all, it seems to be the part hindering me the most from actually finishing a portable. (No bacteria, I will not buy your case :P)

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