Retro-TV iPad/kipi frame
1 October 12
While driving, I use my kipi to navigate, and so I need a holder for it our new housebus. Rather than buying a boring plastic mount, I took my cue from this Etsy vendor and made my own cover in the shape of old-fashioned television.
NOTE: Our family uses the word kipi (pronounced “kee-pee”) as a generic term for our electronic tablets. It’s a word Brioni made up, it saves us from using a brand name all the time, and it’s stuck.
I found a retro TV shape that I liked, and I used that as my model for the shape of my frame. Then I had to find a template to help me make the shapes that I wanted.
I only used two thicknesses of wood. I used a thin plywood for the front and back, and thicker plywood for the interior frame. Because I keep my kipi in a protective cover, I needed to make the whole frame suit the kipi while it is still in its case. After tracing out the shapes, I used a jigsaw to cut the three pieces before gluing them together.
When the sanding is finished, I add some finishing touches. I want to complete the look with knobs, but I’m not happy with the look of wooden knobs. I also decide that I don’t need to use the speakers on the kipi while it’s in its case, so I don’t have to provide holes for that.
Getting the knob columns to the right depth was pretty tricky. Thank goodness the dials cover the mess I made with the glue! A router would make the holes properly, but I improvised with a large drill bit.
I’m really happy with the finished project! I’m going to give the frame a couple more coats of finish before I lay it aside, and then it’ll be screwed permanently in place in the front of The Gifted Gypsy.
This was a very simple wood-working project with fantastic results. With just the basic tools, you can turn your kipi into a real wow factor. If you make one of these, I’d love to hear about it!