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Old February 24th, 2013, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Laugh My Nexus 4: Ebony edition!

After my N4's back glass cracked, I decided to replace it with ebony. After a couple of weeks and LOTS of work with a dremel, a guitar headplate, and some superglue, my baby is ready to be used again. The back adds about 3/32 of an inch to the thickness, but without back glass and with a screen protector on the front, I don't really need a case as much anymore! Here are the pictures:


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I still plan on lacquering/polishing it a little more, but I must say that the wood adds a GREAT feel to the back.
The lighting doesn't quite do it justice.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow... What happened to using veneer? Surely that would have fit in better.
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Bummer! Can't see the pictures - sounds awesome, though.

So how do people react to "I have a wooden phone"?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I couldn't find a veneer in the right dimensions, unfortunately. I kind of like the extra bulk though, it's like having a case while still being able to enjoy a naked phone!
I dunno why, but the forum doesn't like to show my pictures from Minus. I'll add the links to the post.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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So how do people react to "I have a wooden phone"?
Probably this:

"Cool, can I check it out. Jesus Christ, what the hell have you done to it, my eyes, my eyes, they're burning."
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nobody mentions wood worm ..?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 09:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Probably this:

"Cool, can I check it out. Jesus Christ, what the hell have you done to it, my eyes, my eyes, they're burning."
Actually, most people are pretty impressed. It also looks MUCH better when it's not in the awful light of my dorm room.
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Once it's polished up and lacquered it will look really nice.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I applaud your efforts but can't help but think you should have spent the 50 on a replacement glass back.

Anyway, I'll be pleased to see the finished polished item.
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I applaud your efforts but can't help but think you should have spent the 50 on a replacement glass back.

Anyway, I'll be pleased to see the finished polished item.
I was given an estimate of 150 USD from a very unhelpful LG rep (he quickly said he never should have given an estimate), and I would have gone a couple of weeks without my phone just to get the same fragile glass back again. I'd always wanted to get into hardware mods, and this was a nice, fairly simple opportunity.
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Have you checked the rear camera field-of-view? From here it appears that it might be reduced somewhat.
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Have you checked the rear camera field-of-view? From here it appears that it might be reduced somewhat.
I made sure to check it before I attaches the wood; it's unaffected. I was pretty surprised that it would work with such a small hole in the wood, but it did!
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I admire your tenacity with this mod but I might be inclined to chalk this version up as a prototype and go back to the veneer idea. You can google to find suppliers of it. You may find that a lot of stock veneers may not be as black as you are initially looking for but always remember that you can stain it darker if you wish - lacquering of course will also darken it.
As you have no doubt discovered ebony is a pig to work with (I myself have an allergic reaction when working with it - the oils in it contain natural insect-repellents that make me itch like a bitch) and chips easily. Veneer is way more manageable and can be layered to provide strength and stability. (arrange the layers with the grain at 90deg to the previous layer)
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Fixed your image links for you.

how does it effect the sound form the speaker?
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Default Re: My Nexus 4: Ebony edition!

Get a wood burning kit and make a crazy design on the back
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Old February 26th, 2013, 11:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I admire your tenacity with this mod but I might be inclined to chalk this version up as a prototype and go back to the veneer idea. You can google to find suppliers of it. You may find that a lot of stock veneers may not be as black as you are initially looking for but always remember that you can stain it darker if you wish - lacquering of course will also darken it.
As you have no doubt discovered ebony is a pig to work with (I myself have an allergic reaction when working with it - the oils in it contain natural insect-repellents that make me itch like a bitch) and chips easily. Veneer is way more manageable and can be layered to provide strength and stability. (arrange the layers with the grain at 90deg to the previous layer)
I plan on making a thinner one after Recognition (a BIG training event that every USAFA freshman has to do), but this will have to do for now.

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how does it effect the sound form the speaker?
Thank you! And the sound quality seems unaffected, but when I cover the speaker with my finger it has great richness (though it's much quieter).
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... Veneer is way more manageable and can be layered to provide strength and stability. (arrange the layers with the grain at 90deg to the previous layer)
As your attorney (and a professional custom woodworker), I would advise that the OP arrange the grain layers toward opposite corners, in order to better absorb the shock loading upon dropping. This will be something like 145/45 angles which will provide far more protection and durability upon corner strikes, while the transverse angles will also protect a concentrated normal back-face strike which you're trying to achieve with your 90/90.

"Plywood" a.k.a. laminated veneers is designed for particular applications and need not necessarily be simple rectilinear layup. Longitudinal grain between diagonally opposite corners will be much stronger with the same bulk in this instance.
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Just got to see the images - thanks, Lunatic59 - and it looks way cool!
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As your attorney (and a professional custom woodworker), I would advise that the OP arrange the grain layers toward opposite corners, in order to better absorb the shock loading upon dropping. This will be something like 145/45 angles which will provide far more protection and durability upon corner strikes, while the transverse angles will also protect a concentrated normal back-face strike which you're trying to achieve with your 90/90.

"Plywood" a.k.a. laminated veneers is designed for particular applications and need not necessarily be simple rectilinear layup. Longitudinal grain between diagonally opposite corners will be much stronger with the same bulk in this instance.
I build custom guitars for a living so understand the media (veneers and ebony in particular) much as yourself.
I like your thinking. Would be awesome backed up with actual crash-test data as to whether or not diagonal opposed to perpendicular alignment resulted in greater protection from paper-like wood 0.6mm thick even in laminate form.
And in my defence (my esteemed colleague and learned member of the Bar ) I didn't stipulate the implementation orientation, merely the orientation of the veneer grain on each successive layer relative to itself, thus utilising the material's inherent strengths and properties to achieve the best combination in creating a better laminate.

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I plan on making a thinner one after Recognition (a BIG training event that every USAFA freshman has to do), but this will have to do for now.
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Super badass dude! Keep us updated please!
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Since the ebony took so long to ship last time, I just ordered a black veneer (the same guitar company had it all along!). Now, in double layering it, should I have two solid pieces of veneer or one solid one over a sort of patchwork piece? As it is, I'm not sure if the order I placed will be enough for two solid pieces, so I may need to call and have them add an extra veneer to it.
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Two solid pieces would be preferable (3 would be even better) as the joins may become visible through the back. Depending on their moisture content veneers can ripple badly when glued so be prepared to press the pieces with a flat heavy object while it dries.
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Watch out for termites! Jk jk. It really looks awesome. Well done.
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Why not just use a laminate or formica with a veneer skin on it? You can still stain if if you want. It is only a few mm thick but a lot more durable than a few pieces of veneer glued together.
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Looks nice! I can tell you're Air Force by the ABU's!
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Thanks! And yep, I'm not allowed out of uniform for another week, once my class gets recognized. It'll be a great end to a long 9 months though.
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Thanks! And yep, I'm not allowed out of uniform for another week, once my class gets recognized. It'll be a great end to a long 9 months though.
Tech school? Yuck. I'm glad that I've been at my base for a few years already.

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