Wood & brass iPod Mini

Wood & brass iPod Mini


Instead of letting it fall by the tech wayside, Josh D recased his old iPod in lovely wood & brass –

My finished wood ipod mini. This has been such a fun project for me. It’s handmade (with special thanks to my 8yr old dremel) from Australian red cedar, Camphor Laurel for the clickwheel, brass plates, brass screws and the guts from the first ipod i ever had.


I wanted to not use any glue at all with the wooden shell, and fortunately i was able to secure it all together just using the brass screws. Especially because I’d like to be able to replace the ipod’s battery in the future, and possibly add a higher capacity flash hard drive.

The wooden clickwheel is simply stuck down on the sensor with very thin double sided tape.

More pics in the Flickr photoset.[via Boing Boing Gadgets]

10 thoughts on “Wood & brass iPod Mini

  1. ronww says:

    What about heat dissipation? Wood is generally a good insulator.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Hiya Ronoww,
      I’m josh who made the ipod mini wood mod. hmmm, i didn’t even think about that hey? well I haven’t had any troubles with heat so far, but hopefully i don’t run into any troubles come summer time, aie!

      josh D.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How did you take it all apart

    1. josh d says:

      well i actually made the ipod so that it could be assembled and dissassembled easily. i didn’t want to use glue for this reason, so i used screws only to secure it all. that way i can update the battery or hard drive later on if i need to.

      but if you were askign how i took the actual ipod mini apart from it’s original case, then that’s easy. you pretty much use a plastic flat tool to lift the white plastic end caps, take out the metal holding clasps, unhook the click wheel ribbon and slide out the internals. it’s pretty easy when you do it!

      Josh D

  3. Joey Stugots says:

    Wow, stellar job! Any chance you’d share the exact dimensions?

  4. Heath66h says:

    WoW! All that and still THE most uncomfortable headphones ever made.

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