I've got into the habit of trying out different woodworking techniques with various iPod Touch and iPod Video cases since the first case I made. I think its because they don't take too long and can fit in between running around with the kids! Nonetheless, they pose some challenges which makes it fun to try to figure out solutions. First, you want to try to keep the case as small as possible -- you don't want it to be much bigger than the iPod itself. Second, it needs to be durable and withstand some wear and tear. This contrasts with point number one, as the thinner you make the wood, the more fragile it becomes.

After seeing a presentation by Phil Lowe at the Peabody Essex Museum, I've been wanting to try some carving. The Samuel McIntyre exhibit at PEM was definitely inspiring as well, although it'll take a lifetime to be a master craftsman like Samuel was! I'm not sure how I can tie carving into an iPod case, but who knows, maybe I'll have moved onto something else by then!

In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out what to do with all the extra cases! You can find them at Etsy.

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We're doing a bathroom remodel project and it required a new bathroom vanity. All we wanted was a simple one that would take a full length integrated counter and sink top. Since the place can be pretty humid and damp when its all closed up, we wanted something made out of wood -- not constructed out MDF that wouldn't hold up over the years.

After looking around for a bit, it was clear a real vanity made out of decent materials was pricey, more pricey than I thought it should be. So I dusted off my tools and whipped up a cabinet this past weekend. I used some European style hinges to simplify the door installation and alignment. I also made things easier for myself by buying a pre-made guide template at Rockler's. It centered and set the depth for the spade bit for the drill in the doors to accept the hinges. It certainly saved some time!

Now all we need to do is paint the bathroom vanity!