Thank you, thank you, thank you Make for turning my attention to the CF Useless Projects site! This is the ideal solution to a major dilemma for me. On the one hand, I'm a gadget geek and technofile. On the other hand I pine for the artistry and craftmanship of historic scientific instruments such as astrolabes and compendia. Here are just two Useless Projects to make your mouth water.
Wooden Computer Case:
USB Thumb Drive: