Make a fun-looking removable hard cover for your laptop. It protects the lid and makes your laptop unique!
You can personalize some softwares with "skins", so why not the hardware (literally)?
Gluing fabric on the lid would be much easier, but not easily removable. This cover has to be hard because it is removable. Why is it removable?
Credits: inspiration from the furry laptop.
Step 1: Study Your Laptop's Body
Every laptop model is different. This project may not even be doable on some models. On mine, the lid is very flat and edgy, so it makes it easier.
Study your laptop very carefully.
Step 2: Needed Stuff
Tools and glues:
Step 3: Make the Sides
The electrical conduit was chosen so that its inner size corresponds to the lid thickness.
Experiment how the cross-section must be rectified, using a small piece of conduit.
Then rectify the cross-section. I used a vise and some scrap wood to help cutting.
Then cut it to length, and tape it to the laptop.
Step 4: Cut the Plate to Size
Make sure that the sides remain taped on the lid, because their presence matters for a proper sizing of the plastic plate.
Lay the laptop lid down on the plastic plate, and mark the boundary on the plate. Take the various angles, lid hinges, etc. into account.
I sticked masking tape on the plate, because the pencil marks are better visible on tape than on the black plate.
Think twice several times.
When sure, cut the plastic plate.
Step 5: Bend the Plate
With the hot air gun, bend the plastic plate.
I used a vise and some scrap wood to get an even bend (and not burn my hand).
Repeat progressively until it fits.
Step 6: Glue the Sides to the Plate
Tighten the sides on the lid as follows:
Adjust the plastic plate, then tape it firmly.
Let the adhesive cure. Then remove all tapes.
Now the cover should fit (and snap) to the lid!
Step 7: Prepare the Fabric
I chose to apply some wood primer to the inner side of the fabric, so that the contact glue will later not pass through. It will also help make clean and precise cuts into the fabric.
It has to be done very sparsely, so that the primer does not pass through.
Instead of wood primer, fabric stiffener might work too.
Step 8: Add the Patch
Make a cut for the chosen patch. Work inner sides up.
Step 9: Glue the Fabric to the Cover
Detach the cover from the lid --you don't want contact glue on the laptop!
Apply contact adhesive to the cover (top and side surfaces), as well as the inner side of the fabric. Let stand for required time (15').
Adjust the parts together and press firmly.
Make necessary cuts in the angles (think twice before). Glue the sides. In the angles, where the fabric overlaps on itself, I used small drops of epoxy.
Clamp and let cure.
Cut out excess fabric.
Step 10: Have Fun with the Finished Product!
Snap the cover on the laptop, and admire your work!
Step 11: Yes, it is Removable!
(I could make more covers, with other designs, but I'm working on a new instructable ;-)