Anybody know where I can find "toolbox" style portable enclosures?

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strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
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I need an enclosure, similar to the old style o-scope enclosures, like this:


I need to make a portable heater controller, not much to it. The enclosure needs enough room on the front face for an upright 1/8DIN panel meter, a thermocouple jack, and a 240V twist-lock receptacle. Inside dimensions don't need to be as big as in the pic; just deep enough for the panel meter (say, 5 inches) and enough room for a SSR, fuse block, and terminal strip.

Has anybody seen blank enclosures like the one in the pic, or have a better idea? I can't seem to find one; checked all my usual suspects, plus OKW, fibox, etc.
 

DerStrom8

Joined Feb 20, 2011
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I buy a lot of my enclosures just plain, I have to drill all my holes for knobs, jacks, etc. You can get small ones at RadioShack, though they're a bit overpriced. I suggest going to shopping.google.com and search for "project enclosures". Seems the simplest place to start, anyway.

Best wishes,
Matt
 

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strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
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I buy a lot of my enclosures just plain, I have to drill all my holes for knobs, jacks, etc. You can get small ones at RadioShack, though they're a bit overpriced. I suggest going to shopping.google.com and search for "project enclosures". Seems the simplest place to start, anyway.

Best wishes,
Matt
yeah I am looking for a plain type and I plan to do all holes & whatnot, but just finding an enclosure of the proper type and dimensions is buggering me. All I've seen at radioshack are the small ones. Need something bigger, with a handle on it.
 

thatoneguy

Joined Feb 19, 2009
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You can use any enclosure you like, as long as it is metal or solid plastic.

Then get a strap and clamp down ends from someplace like a shoe repair shop, where they fix luggage all the time. Just be sure to reinforce the mounts for the strap with a chunk of sheet metal on the inside to spread the load around.

A Shoe or Zipper Repair shop should have the strap, connections, and covers all in stock. You could also hit up fabric stores.

I don't know of any that are sold with the carry strap, it adds way too many complications to an already broad enclosure market. As long as you start with a sturdy case, you should be good to go.
 

thatoneguy

Joined Feb 19, 2009
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That looks like it was built in the good ole days! Take good care of it. Probably be able to drop it several times and it won't even dent.
 
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