Intro: To skip to the current progress visit www.LukeRiggall.co.uk/Design/Mobile-Workstation/ Well, I’m just about to finish my exams and have 3.5 months off before starting uni. I have plans to spontaneously travel for a month in Europe, develop my ‘Novanta’ desk design and work full time at 2 jobs. I still feel like it's time for a new project When I was thinking of ideas for my A level product design course’s project I was thinking about something to do with wood and laptops as I think it’s not used enough and it would be very luxurious if done well. So here I'm going to show the development of my thoughts, ideas and then finally the build. I also want to look into the possibilities of customizing my macbook or building some sort of case for it. Resources: Carbon Fiber Macbook Imitation http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/laptops/diy-carbon-fiber-macbook-221147.php Oak + Leather Macbook Case http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/20/wooden-macbook-case-for-would-be-amish-road-warriors/ Curvy plywood macbook case http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/17/diyer-gets-crafty-with-plywood-laptop-case/ Laser Etched Macbook http://smartech.blogetery.com/2008/02/24/macbook-air-gets-laser-engraving/ ‘Pimp my macbook’ flickr pool http://www.flickr.com/groups/pimpmymacbook/pool/ Macbook Stickers http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuffle-art/sets/72157600119157310/ Macbook Case - ‘Kawaii’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuffle-art/391880217/ Possible Ideas: Work on Macbook case for 13” aluminium Macbook, develop ideas from plywood and oak cases and treat as a proper product. Make functional to a few hold books/papers, drawing equipment, iPod, laptop, mouse, earphones or maybe headphones. Possible materials; Metal, wood, leather, plastic. Use old Acer laptop’s components and develop a new case/shell for them; redesigning the laptop. Possible materials; wood, plastic. Notes: I have a 5 year old Acer laptop lying on my floor and has been for the last 2 months, I want to do something with it. I can take it to bits totally and rebuild it in under an hour because I have done it so many times. I have 2 large blocks of very attractive and dense walnut left over from when my house’s kitchen was redone a year ago. I’d like to use these ... (the rest of the left over is my current desk) I have some resources available such as; (white) plastic, the finest Italian leather used on £5000 furniture, vacuum forming, CNC machinery and possibly laser cutting/etching. Your Part I'd be very interested if anyone reading this could add their thoughts and maybe some resources/articles that you have came across before.