Since BF (before 'forge), I have wanted to make a case from veneer, and I’ve finally done it. Right before getting hooked on the original GF ad, I met the guys behind toastmade.com and they hooked me up with some cool veneer cases for my phone. Then when I saw what a laser could do, and pre-ordered my own, I patiently waited until I it arrived…and waited…and waited…I didn’t have the same motivation for veneer projects once it did arrive, so it sat on the back burner. I did a few things with veneer here and there, and my most popular was my wrap for my water bottle, but I think this will trump that.
I got to work on measuring my laptop, and let me tell you, the engineers behind the design were not as OCD as I imagine, because the measurements for this thing are wonky. The horizontal measurement is exact, but the vertical is strange. Anyway, this was the first time I’ve had to measure things to such a degree, so my calipers earned their keep for the third or fourth time. My design process began simple, then I designed a stripe through it. I wanted to add some graphic to it, but I didn’t know what would work, until right before I fell asleep mocking up designs I thought about palm trees. Woke up today, opened my laptop and created a new tab in my browser, only to be met by a palm tree grove. Then my wife said she was also thinking about palm trees when I brought it up, so the graphic was chosen.
I had a nice picture from below a couple of palm trees, so I chopped it up, edited it, and made my final designs. If there’s one piece of advice, or reminder for veneer, it’s to remove the masking. I lost a decent amount of detail, even with two passes, but as they say, c’est la vie.