There, I got a few accessories for the Adam (still waiting to get it shipped – hopefully the wait won’t be long). Well, this is what I’ve bought so far:
Really nice, neoprene sleeve for my Adam. The sleeve specifications say my Adam won’t fit in this sleeve, but no matter how I measure the sleeve I still find it has a bit extra space to perfectly fit my Adam. Well, we’ll see 🙂
So far I’ve only bought the USB key; a 16GB high-speed Patriot Rage USB key. I’m still deciding whether to buy a MicroSD card now or wait a bit. There’s a whole lot storage around at my disposal so I’m in no hurry actually. Anyways.. the USB key is fast and reliable. Loving it.
Received it yesterday. Feels really sturdy and well made so I’m not even considering this not being able to hold Adam. It’ll be just perfect. I thought about getting the black version, but this one was a bit cheaper. Nothing wrong with the color, Adam does have white strips along its sides so it’ll match 🙂
I ordered a black USB keyboard from Brando. It’s on its way. The white version screamed “Apple”, but this one looks better. I was deciding between Bluetooth and the USB version. In the end the USB version prevailed since I don’t trust the Bluetooth connection to be reliable and secure..
Testing. As usual – photos available on my flickr account
I’ve started making my Adam’s case as discussed in the previous post. Here is the step breakdown.
Step1: Cutting the cardboard and checking supplies
I outlined the Case measurements in the big cardboard piece. Using the utility knife and a ruler I cut out two pieces 21,2cm x 29,0cm and one piece 2,0cm x 29,0cm. I’ve also checked if I have enough leather. Unfortunately I have a lot of small pieces and very few larger pieces. This will also affect my finished design like I already outlined it in the previous post (white lines where the pieces are sewn together).
Step2: Cutting the leather and sewing the pieces together
I selected a few pieces of leather that were good enough to make the case. I put all the pieces over my cut cardboard pieces and determined which should be cut and where. I used a piece of chalk to mark the areas to be cut and cut 4 pieces – it should be three but I will have to make the third piece out of two. Once I had all the pieces I used my mother’s old sewing machine to sew them together. This part of the step could be avoided if I had large enough pieces – then again it adds to the design. In the end I checked to see if the size of the cardboard and the leather was okay. All fit well.
Step3: Shaping the cardboard and making some padding
I almost forgot to cut the edges of the cardboard for the final design. I’m not sure if this will be okay (books aren’t exactly soft on the outside if they have a hardcover..), but I added some soft foam for padding. I used glue to attach the foam padding to the outside of the cardboard. At the moment the glue is still drying so I’ll leave the next steps for another day.
Step4: Gluing the leather onto the cardboard
Okay, the other day I started gluing the leather onto the cardboard. I carefully placed the three pieces of cardboard on leather to determine where the first one should be glued-in. Once I was sure I got all the pieces where they should be I started applying the glue onto the padded side of the cardboard. I tried to distribute the glue evenly onto the surface. I left a few spots clean – either way the glue filled them in once I applied pressure to the glued parts. After everything was glued in place I placed several heavy books on top. Books kept the glued parts in place until the glue dried.
Step5: Coloring-in the logo
I bought white leather paint to draw the Adam logo on the front side. Nothing special about this step – I applied the paint onto the leather with a fine synthetic brush. It’s not exactly professional, but the important thing is that it looks nice to me 😀
I still have to pad the inner side of the cover and make holders for the Adam, but these next steps will have to wait a bit. I still have to order my Adam 😉
I’m still waiting to get another chance at pre-ordering the Adam. While I wait (to keep my mind from wandering and buying random stuff) I decided I’d like to make my own Adam leather case. I’m still thinking about what I’d really like the case to be, but for now I’ll start by posting a simple idea. Basically I’d like to have two sets of cases – a sleeve and a hardcover bookish case.
The pouch can wait a bit since it’s probably the simplest of all and most likely I’ll be able to buy it online or in a store. There’s been a lot of those lately. The hardcover bookish case is harder to find. Although you’ll be able to find a lot of such cases on eBay, they’re mostly made for some cheap tablets or the iPad which means the dimensions might not fit all 10″ tablets. Such cases are impossible to get here and I don’t want to spend money on a case that won’t fit the Adam. That’d be a waste of money.
So I decided I’ll make my own leather bookish case for the Adam. I have some leftover pieces of black leather somewhere and some of the basic materials needed for this feat are mostly inexpensive. basically I need leather, cardboard, glue and a bit of patience to make it right. I’ve started by making a sketch of what I’d like now. Here are the images:
So this is the basic idea of what I’ll make. I’ll start tomorrow by cutting the cardboard and gluing the leather on. Btw. the cardboard (size 50×70 cm) cost me 1,22 EUR and I could make three cases out of it, I have enough black leather to make one case and glue was probably cheap when I bought it. This means it’s really cheap for me to make this, it’ll be fun to do it and I’ll have a case made specially for the Adam. I’ll post some more images of the steps I’ll take to make the case tomorrow.