Maze Puzzle Kit

Induku Wooden Models, New Item, Shop Stuff

I designed a new maze puzzle kit. This is a classic game where a ball needs to be moved through a maze by tilting it BUT in this version the tilting is done by a simple mechanical mechanism. The mechanism is operated by two knobs that are rotated. Available here!

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The kit is quite fun to build and I think it is currently one of the simplest Induku wooden model kits. It ships in an envelope with all the parts and instructions included.

Free download of the building instructions available here:

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Wooden Laptop Cases

New Item

After I made the steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop (this one) several people commented that it is “nice”. But while many liked the case, the computer hardware was not something they would be interested in. A better idea would would be to make cases that to carry a modern laptop. The final result is wooden laptop cases that will fit a 13″ Macbook Pro (the version with retina display – see full specifications here). Click on each of the images to learn more the specific laptop case.

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They are currently for sale (here) and the back is mostly open where a custom name can be placed as exemplified in the following image. They are therefore only partly finished and will get their final coats of lacquer after this has been done.

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There is one laptop case that is not finished yet. I have a blue felt interior and silver fittings. Any suggestions on what image to place on the cover would be nice.

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Dragon Laptop Case

The Celtic Knot Dragon is quite popular. On this case the dragon is on the front cover and the Triquetra on the back. It has a blue felt interior where the laptop is stored (buy it here).

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Reading Woman Laptop Case

I combined the images of a woman reading and a flower with a humming bird sprouting from the book as the front cover of this case. The back cover has 4 disks with flowers as the feet when the case is open. It has a red felt interior where the laptop is stored (buy it here).

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NOTE – the cases are made from plywood that warp with humidity. The bottom of the case is slightly warped and this can be seen when the it is placed on a flat surface (see video). The extend that it warps depends on the humidity and other factors. Over time the warping may reduce as the sheets of wood align with each other.

Jurassic Laptop Case

I combined the images small child reaching and a T-Rex bending down as the cover for this laptop. It is a bit of a dramatic scene and open for interpretation. The back cover has 4 T-Rex prints that serve as feet when the case is open. It has a red felt interior where the laptop is stored (buy it here).

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Specifications of the laptop cases

The laptop case is made from Baltic Birch plywood. It has a compartment for a 13″ MacBook Pro retina display laptop. It has a side compartment for the cable and charger. The back compartment is large enough to fit standard size papers and books (A4 and letter).

Weight (empty): 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs)

Outer dimensions (including feet and handle): 33 x 42 x 8 cm (12 x 16.5 x 3.2 inches)

Laptop compartment: 32.5 x 26.5 x 1.8 cm (12.8 x 10.5 x 0.71 inches)

Back compartment: 33 x 27 x 2.8 cm (13 x 10.6 x 11 inches)

Cable compartment (note – a recess is made in the back compartment where the charger fits): 33 x 5 x 5.6 cm (13 x 2 x 2.2 inches)

Additional features:

  • One side of the laptop compartment has a space where the charger, earphones and other cables can be plugged in while the laptop is used within the case.
  • The case ships with a shoulder strap that attach to the sides of the case. This strap can be replaced easily with any other type of shoulder strap.
  • There is a chain that will stop the case to be opened completely. This in combination with the small feet at the bottom will allow the laptop to be used without taking it from the case (example).
  • The felt interior provides a soft compartment to protect the laptop.
  • The back cover has space for a custom name. They are thus not completely lacquered on this side.

Note – the laptop case will ONLY FIT THE RETINA DISPLAY  13″ MacBook Pro and NOT THE OLDER 13″ MacBooks Pro models. The retina display model has a depth of 18 mm – which will fit perfectly in the felt covered compartment. Thinner models will fit but may require a additional sleeve or padding

Note – the laptop cases are made from wood and is NOT WATER PROOF. It is covered with several coats of polyurethane lacquer and is therefore splash proof. If it gets wet it is recommended that you wipe dry it with a cloth as soon as possible. It will also keep the laptop dry from minor splashes but water my get into the paper compartment. It should not be used in the rain.

Note – the cases are made from plywood that warps with humidity and other factors. The warping may reduce over time.

Note – it is easier to store the cables after the laptop compartment has been closed. It is also better to remove the cables before the laptop compartment is opened (makes for a neater opening and easier to get the charger).

Note – the case can carry up to 5 kg including the laptop. More weigh may place unnecessary strain on the wooden components and attachments.

How it is  made

A full blog will follow on how I made the laptop cases. There will also be additional images on the case that has been sold and reasoning for the design choices and laptop sizes. Subscribe to this blog or follow me on YouTube to get the post and video as it is released.

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Cats in my workshop

Shop Stuff

This website is mostly about the stuff that happens at Induku and the things I like to make. However, my workspace is also occupied by several felines and I often find them in the workshop when making things. Additionally I have made a few items for them (see here).

I thus wrote this post to introduce the cats that form part of Induku: We originally got Donkie (male) and Kwagga (female) at the end of 2014. Donkie is not fond of the workshop and does not really spend time with me when I am working. Kwagga on the other hand, loves to sit on the chair next to me when I work and have been doing so since she was a kitten.

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Kwagga on the chair

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Small Kwagga in the workshop

However, Kwagga “died” during Christmas, for a while at least, and this left a void in the shop (read about her disappearance and return here). During her absence we got Kameel (read more about how she came to live with us here). She also seemed to like sitting with me where I work and thus became the second cat in the workshop.

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Kameel ready to enter

With Kwagga’s return I now have 2 cats that try to occupy the extra chair in the workshop. Sometimes they manage to sleep together on the chair but more often one finds another place close by (they do however get along very well).

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Kameel on the chair

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In the sanding drawer

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Following the large cat

They seem quite happy, even if there is a bit of noise. The state of the shop does not bother them and Kwagga sometimes actively lay in the sawdust. This does mean that I have spent several evenings not only cleaning the shop, but also dusting off the cat and sweeping the whole basement floor to remove sawdust cat prints.

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Kwagga spreading dust

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Destroyer of Uppsala notebooks

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Cat pendant as competition prize (more information here)

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More cat inspired things

I am happy with the company they provide and some of the items I make have a cat based theme (an example). The workshop would not be the same without them.

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