520 Veneered smart phone case

March 1, 2014

veneered smart phone cases
Looking for a fun project in the shop that doesn’t take long and you can carry it around in your pocket where ever you go? Here’s one for you, a custom veneered smart phone case.

One of the benefits of being a woodworker is that we can frequently customize everyday items. Whether it’s building them from raw materials or adding a little flair to an existing item, it’s relatively easy to find a way to spruce them up a bit.

In today’s episode I’ll show you a little fun I’ve been having lately when I combine some inexpensive pre-manufactured plastic smart phone cases I picked up at Amazon.com with some veneers I bought at Woodcraft.com.

The process is simple, it can be relatively quick and more importantly it’s a great way to have fun in the shop and maybe even impress your friends and family (unless they’re like mine who just roll their eyes and walk away…with the item in hand.)

Links to items mentioned or used in the episode:
Smart phone cases at Amazon.com
Veneer Variety Pack 20 Sq. Ft.
Crown Veneer Saw
Titebond Instant Bond Wood Glue (Nexabond 2500 no longer available)

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  1. Great project.

    2 helpful tips:

    If you do a bit of veneer work I recommend using a Carl Heavy-Duty Rotary paper trimmer which can be purchased at Staples or like places. It is an PERFECT way to cut veneer quickly with no slip ups common with an exacto knife.

    When working with supper glue, I recommend placing a sheet of Wax Paper from your pantry on your bench and doing your glue-up on top of that. Why? Supper glue won’t stick to Wax Paper. This way you won’t accidently adhere your nicely veneered phone case to your workbench.

    Love the Project Matty V.

    HFF Angelo

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for the tips! I’ll definitely look into the HD rotary paper trimmer. If it can give me better results I’m all over it.

      Thanks again brother!

  2. Definitely not a fan of this. I mean, wood has its variety and lots of purposes in this world and I love working with it, but there has to be a line somewhere. Only thing we need next are wooden pants and jackets. Come on. But don’t get me wrong. Love the work and dedication just wouldn’t trade my leather case for a wooden one no matter what pattern anyone puts on it. Just my personal thoughts and preference on the topic. Nothing more.

  3. Jason Jernigan says:

    Thanks for the Video Matt! I’m a new woodworker and found this a fun useful project.

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