wood ipod mini 1 - Josh D

My finished wood ipod mini. This has been such a fun project for me. It's handmade (with special thanks to my 8yr old dremel) from Australian red cedar, Camphor Laurel for the clickwheel, brass plates, brass screws and the guts from the first ipod i ever had.


I was given a new ipod mini for christmas and I just couldn't leave my trusty old mini to sit unused somewhere. So I decided to finally try a wooden shell mod on him that I had wanted to do for a long time.


If you're interested, feel free to check out my set of photos of the making process.

  • Jason Painter 6y

    Really beautiful!
  • jozaeh 6y

    I'm glad you liked it Japester!

  • ksspyder 6y

    I plan on doing something similar with a mini color tv. You have executed this beautifully.
  • jozaeh 6y

    thanks heaps ksspyder, and wow, well if you do convert your tv, i can't wait to see the photos.
  • Olena Shmahalo 6y


    I don't know if anyone has asked, but how did you get the touch-sensitive circle to work...? Is that a faux-wood cover on it or..?
  • jozaeh 6y

    hey OlenaBird,
    ahh yes, the intrigue of the click wheel and how it works seems to be the main question with my wood ipod. Here's an explanation that I posted on another blog:

    For the click wheel, the original plastic wheel cover is around 1mm thick, so i knew i had to make my wooden wheel close to that size. I actually didn't use a wood veneer because I thought that would have been cheating a little, so i shaved down a piece of the camphor laurel to around 2mm thick. I didn't think the click wheel's sensor would sense a finger through the 2mm wood but to my happy surprise, it did. It works the same was as how you can sometimes control your click wheel through your jeans material when the ipod is in your pocket. the click wheel's sensor is surprisingly good at picking up the finger. it works really, really well now. Pretty much as sensative as the original click wheel was.

  • Olena Shmahalo 6y

    Oh wow!
    Sorry you've had to repeat that so many times, but thank you for the insight into those inner workings :D
  • jozaeh 6y

    Hey Olena,
    oh no don't worry about it! A simple copy paste was all it took, and I'm more than happy to answer any questions of the wood mod. so it was my pleasure!

  • charlieflickr1 6y

    lovely job man
  • jozaeh 6y

    thanks heaps Charlieflickr1, i really had such a fun time making it hey.

    See ya,
  • ipod guy 6y

    could you email me plans for my ipod mini at jenglepilot@yahoo.com?
  • jozaeh 6y

    Hi Ipod Guy,
    What do you mean plans for your ipod mini? I'm sorry, I don't understand. Do you mean plans to make your own wooden ipod mini?

  • ipod guy 6y

    Do u have any measurements u could send me
  • jozaeh 6y

    Hey Ipod Guy,
    hmmm, I don't have any measurements written down, but i'll see if I can measure up some points on the ipod's shell for you. that hopefully might be able to get you started. Give me a little bit of time and i'll get back to you.

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