While the “make everything steampunk” craze may be a joke at this point, we still occasionally see some interesting projects involving the Raspberry Pi and other maker electronics.
One that popped up recently is a full laptop complete with a wooden case, mechanical keyboard and all the extraneous gears and gauges you could ask for.
Created by Instructables user phrazelle, this was intended to be a backup PC for their girlfriend’s birthday. To create it they created a wooden body centred around a Raspberry Pi running PIXEL as its only intended for internet and word processing uses.
Connected to this is a battery, USB hub for the outside ports, various fans, an amplifier, soundcard and a whole lot of wiring.
The exterior, as you can see, is where the real magic is. On top of that nice wooden case you’ll find a lot of decorations bought from both Amazon and Etsy. Some advice from the creator of this project with those all important gears is to use cheap, solid brass gears instead of the small and flimsy watch gears they attempted to use first.
There’s also the interesting additions of hand-blown marbles which reflect light from the PSU, and keycaps which give the keyboard the look of a typewriter.
Now we know this project won’t be for everyone in both looks and practicality – we can’t imagine a solid wood laptop is very light – but you should still check out the build log over on Instructables for more information and pictures about this build.