Give an old Mac new life by turning it into an iWipe
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One of co-workers was giving away and old Atari 800XL and Macintosh SE case. He had been planning to do a mini-ITX project, but had never gotten around to it. Always wanting an excuse to tinker with something, I decided to take them off of his hands.
?Well, as soon as I saw the Mac SE case, I realized that this one had the most potential. So this weekend, I bought a few things at Home Depot and got started making my Apple-powered, wireless, portable toilet paper dispenser — the iWipe.
?The whole project took a couple of hours and cost about $15.
There were still some metal brackets inside the case, so I had to get those out first. Using a T15 and a Philips head screwdriver, I removed the 7 or 8 screws holding the brackets in place.
The case still pretty grimy, so I soaked it in some warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. This loosened up all of the dirt and I was able to rinse it clean.?
This is the front of the case after removing all of the old brackets.
Because Apple has gotten all glossy white on us lately, I figured the SE needed a new paint job. So I painted the inside a metallic silver (to match the toilet paper holder) and the outside a gloss white.
This is the front of the case after several coats of white spray paint.
This is a shot of the inside of the case with the toilet paper holder installed. I used a thick Super Glue gel to hold it in place.?
This is a shot of the inside of the case with the first roll on toilet paper installed.
I used a translucent binder that I picked up at Target to create a screen for the SE. After I cut it to size, I Super Glued it into place.
Here’s the finished product.
Here is my new Apple iWipe in its natural habitat.