wooden laptop

wooden laptop

i’ve got an old dell laptop that’s having _lots_ of problems, so i’ve been waiting for some real inspiration (inspironation?) to tear the thing apart.

as luck would have it, the other day i got a message from asbesto, who told me about a wooden laptop that he made:

Here is my laptop: the “legnatile”; I replaced the plastic shell with a wooden one; it took about 4 months of work, and now it’s lighter than the original plastic shell. A unique piece, ultimate frontier of case modding, joint of natural wood and leather, with high technology. Inspired by “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson


  1. turkina says:

    Wooden Bender: The downgrade is complete! Bite my splintery wooden ass!

  2. eXLUDDITE says:

    Nice looking laptop! Bonus points for the Zappa CD on his desk.

  3. deltaseven says:

    Looks really cool. The comments on the photo page are hilariously cool. I wonder if he will release the schematics and building design notes. I’m curious how he got the small side pieces to line up and support such weight. And do was it glued? What about heat issues. Verrry interesting.

    /me checks ebay

  4. Chris says:

    I hacked up my dell in the same manner as all my other personal electronics. It’s a 600m (very satisfactory computer) which I took the dremel to and re-painted. I use the light given off by the LCD’s backlight to light up the translucent blue biohazard and japanese ‘hacker’ on the back. There’s a couple pictures here: http://zuma.phire.org/index.php?page=art

  5. Chris says:

    Sorry, that page actually takes a while to load because it’s on my friend’s cable-modem-powered server and has a lot of pictures. Here’s direct links to the two relevant pictures:

  6. Liam says:

    i just ordered my replacement adapter. It was incredible, it was airborn expressed to me within 5 days

  7. ZapWizard says:

    My laptop is covered in a vinyl applique (Carbon fiber print)

    But my own wood PC project is well on the way, I hope you will hack-a-day it when complete.


  8. Aaron brown says:

    Hmm, . . ., I’m typing this on an old Dell Latitude. I have a long summer ahead with nothing to do. Laptop hacks, here I come.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  9. team rice says:

    i recently made my ibook look like this to confuse would-be thieves.
    the sticker is from an old atari console that i recently got rid of, but i found this under the front seat of my car.
    let me know if you like it.


  10. codemonk says:

    About a week ago the power supply on my Dell actually caught fire! I wasn’t aware of the recall, so I am going to contact Dell today and see if I can get a replacement. Thankyou.

    I have also experienced every item on your laundry list of Dell complaints. It’s so nice to know I am not alone!

    Now, to mod the case a little . .

  11. dum dum phreak says:

    THIS THING IS UGLY AS SHIT. now with that said. good mod. i like wood. i love wood, i am a wood worker. i work in a woodshop. so i think i know my shit enough to say that this guy didnt do the project enough justice. messy lines, bad joinery, bad finish. yuck. but still, a bad ass hack.

  12. aristotle says:

    oh come on. don’t you have anything better to do? this thing looks silly. besides no WLAN=useless PC.

  13. null says:

    You forgot to mention loose display hinges!
    Also, cd-rombattery release buttons that brake off.

  14. Ste says:

    am i missing something, but this looks kinda gay,
    if your gona spend 4 months building a small wooded box do it properly, it looks like it needs a good sanding down, put down the ‘dog and bone’ and get some sand paper….
    just my 2 (euro) cents!

  15. frazinator says:

    if you want the perfectly machined ikea style wood then there’s http://swedx.com/ which makes wooden keyboards, mice, and lcds. but i think the recycled wood and hand polished look is nicer.

  16. jj says:

    I really hate to sound harsh, but I have to agree with #11. The level of craftmanship on this mod is a little on the low side.

    #12-Recycled wood is no excuse for bad joinery.

  17. Marian says:

    Well, I’m not that lowtech to appreciate this kind of thing.
    But a titanium case…

  18. Sean Carter says:

    I have a g3 laptop, and had a pc and I thought of doing this hack before, but my only fear was the heat situation. I’m curious if anyone knows whether the heat situation would be something to fear, or of ways to prevent it from becoming a problem.

  19. radioeyes says:

    i’ve been tinkering with the “shock resistant” laptop design with a spring and rubber case, and reinforced internal brackets. so far it can survive a foot drop from any angle, but i’m hoping for a “drop-it-down-the-stairs-and-it-still-plays-diablo” version soon!

  20. synnfest says:

    I’m running a Dell laptop right now! It’s my girl’s old one, got about a year and a half on it now….she spilled tea on it, fried the keyboard….I almost bought a replacement until I hooked up the USB keyboard and mouse….after a while, it started to overheat a little….nothing major, just once in every great while….So to avoid that, I took 2 80mm fans, clipped them together, side by side, and made a laptop cooler to sit where the keyboard was….took off the shield plate under the keyboard, sat the fans on top, and hooked them up to a power supply pulled from a Gateway desktop system….now, even after an hour under a full load, the heatsink and video card are cool to the touch, always!

  21. Alex Lau says:

    I did the untimate hack on my dead Inspiron 3800. The right side of the keyboard didnt work, the mouse wandered, the battery died and the screen had dark spots. So I took it apart, smashed the keyboard, desktryed the mouse pad, took a knife to the LCD, recycled the battery and now the motherboard is sitting in my closet somewhere, waiting for a nice place to put it.

  22. dfi says:

    I bought a nice latitude CPi recently, all the problems you stated are apparent, but @ 400 mhz,(as a matter a fact, it’s pretty fast) 256mb RAM upgrade, and cd-rw drive it was a jaw dropper for $140 w/ 2nd day shipping! Now all I need to do is spray paint it & put LEDs everywhere… It will be the ultimate half-life(1) gaming machine!

  23. John P. says:

    Snow Crash – that is one cool piece of Science Fiction. Was there a wooden laptop in the book somewhere? I don’t seem to remember it.

  24. Brandon says:

    It’s almost 9:00pm EST and we havnt gotten todays hack…I must have it. I must!

  25. Dracos says:

    You guys wanna see some cool laptop mods.. check out my site http://www.dragonsteelmods.com

  26. sell me it, ;) says:

    that shit is majestic. i want one!

  27. Peter says:

    Cool idea I know it can be done but, but from the BLACK and WHITE photo it look like a fake done in photoshop. Perhaps more better pictures would convince us all. oh ya in colour too would be nice

  28. otakucode says:

    I guess I’m the only one who saw the Robin Williams movie “Final Cut”? In it, he has a couple machines made entirely of wood. One is a nonlinear video editing station sort of thing (he uses it to edit together memoirs out of peoples lives which were recorded by a chip implanted in them at birth) and he also has a laptop. The keyboard, everything is wood, and it is very well done.

    The movie itself is pretty good until the very last line of dialog which ruins the entire thing.

  29. melek says:

    I want to hack another people’s mail adress

  30. melek says:

    please help me ı want to hack but ı don’t do.how ı do this?

  31. mrbrightside says:

    Why are you posting that here? that’s illegal #28

  32. XEntity says:

    Yet another Dell, wood was involved…

    But its now a picture frame!

    take a look

  33. neat hack

  34. xentity says:

    Cheers ;)

  35. antani says:
  36. parminder gupta says:

    good mod, its looks good. i have a question though. i am not out to make one is wood (like my plastic base for now), but i do need to change the cdrom drive with another. can u tell me how u removed ur and replaced it. i would greatly appreciate it if u could send me an email at

  37. Paul says:

    I love the wooden laptop. Pure work of art. The antique look is classic. Lao-tzu might have even picked one up at the local CompUSA. Once you are finished with it, drop it in some sediment somewhere so it will fossilize and in a few centuries an archeologist will find it. It will confuse the heck out of them…computers made from organic materials–it must be alien. Awesome work!

    PS. I love the comments above, e.g.,

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  40. unknown says:

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