Attn: Portenzo, Treegloo and other Moleskines

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  1. glen e, Sep 13, 2011
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    glen e macrumors 68030

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    OK, this is just a proof of concept thread - no comment about how it looks, it was done by me with 3 beers, an old portenzo and a Dremel with the mini sanding drum attachment in about 15 minutes.

    I have written this before, but all these companies need to ditch the method of rubber and wood to hold the pad in becasue long term loss of compression is gonna pop it loose. It is inevitable. It needs a delrin/alum frame or in this case, a plastic cover with snap/click corners like you can buy off of eBay for 8 bucks. So that's what I did:
    so here's the clear plastic cover for the back from ebay:
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    And frame dremeled out about 1/8 inch to accommodate cover
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    cover glued to the frame and ipad inserted
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    a router set for this would done this better, but it's just concept
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    and there it is: the looks of the portenzo/moleskine with no problems of fit and corners coming loose, etc.

    I have a new pad and quill coming that I am taking to a carpenter friend and having this professionally done.

    BTW, clearly the company to beat is P&Q - I ordered 9/10 and UPS says it is here 9/19.
     
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    Great idea, but i cuess that if they implement a plastic holder they will no longer be able to tout their ~MASTER ARTISAN HANDMADE IN THE USA CRAFTSMANSHIP BY REAL HUMAN BEINGS~
     
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    Some things are better injection moulded.....:D:D:D:D
     
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    if you put some felt to cover up the plastic, your thing would look mega expensive!
     
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    nice proof of concept work here glen, I may just have to try that myself.
     
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    There was some company that had their product posted here a month or two ago. They had a "book" style case, with a rubber mount inside of it. No wood at all. I can't find the ilnk now.
     
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    fieldfolio ?
     
  10. kearnine macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to try this, have a question

    Glen e, such a great idea. I'd like to try it with a Portenzo I bought cheap on ebay. If I do, I'll post pics too.

    But first I was wondering if you could tell me how much the front edges of the plastic cover protrude above the wood tray--is it enough to make the front Portenzo cover not close all the way? And maybe make marks in the cloth lining when it's closed?

    Thanks so much for sharing the idea.

    kearnine :)
     
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    You can get it flush enuf.....
     
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    While I like my Dodo case. I think that durability of the moleskine type cases is questionable and they don't like to be left without the iPad in them. My friend sent his back to dodo because when it arrived it was warped beyond use.

    I think though that dodo have realised the drawbacks. The case they have announced for the nexus 7 uses a sticky patch rather than the bamboo frame. Could be interesting if they do the same for the iPad sometime in the future.
     
  15. kearnine macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much, Glen! I will look into that case right away. Sure enough, the wood in my Portenzo warped. Seems to me it was inevitable considering the case was built in very, very humid St. Louis and wound up in very, very dry Utah. In my situation, the warping occurred within 2 weeks. I was REALLY bummed after all the excitement and waiting for the case. :(

    Thanks again for sharing your find.
     

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