I saw this wooden laptop case on Wired‘s Gadget Lab today, and it’s all right if you’re into that sort of thing. But what really caught my attention were the cool little hinges incorporated into it. They’re hidden hinges, in that the hinge mechanism folds up inside itself, leaving no space between the case and the lid. Note, too, the use of what looks like a standard hex-head screw countersunk into the lid to connect with a countersunk magnet in the case to act as a catch.
I’ll admit that my interest in this case probably comes from my father. He was a total nut for boxes — boxes of any type, but especially those made of wood. We had scores of them around the house: small matchbox-sized boxes to hold jewelry or small parts, cigar box-sized boxes used as valets or to store electronic devices, and so on. I think part of his fascination with them came from the fact that building a box is often such a small project that it encourages over-design; it gives the builder the opportunity to show off, incorporating the craziest (and coolest) joinery techniques and hardware.
Anyway, I’m on the lookout for these hinges, so if you happen to know where to find them — or know of a good source for other cool hardware of this type, let us know in comments. I’m looking forward to it.