What Do You Use for a "Project Box"?

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  1. KJ6EAD

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  2. nerdegutta

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    My latest project box:
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    Made out of 3mm MDF plates. These plates was packaging for some doors.
     
  3. MrChips

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    Here are my project cases made from recycled PC cases.
    I can cut and bend the case to the exact dimensions that I need.
    After a few trials I have gotten good at a simple design that only requires six bends.
    Cases need no painting.
    The edges are a bit sharp so make sure you file them smooth.

    This is an earlier version of my digital scope using a Freescale DSP56F807 and USB interface.

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  4. Bernard

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    Last project box is a round tuna fish can, 4 in of 3/4 PVC, & shell fron 40W flame bulb housing a bright yellow LED, R-G-B flashing LED & electronics.
     
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    I use a 2" x 2" angle iron for a brake. Not pretty, but it makes a nice, straight line to bend the metal over.
     
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  6. BillB3857

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    Back in the day, I've put many projects in hinge topped travel bar soap boxes.
     
  7. Llamarama

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    Usually the cases of old items that I've salvaged for parts, especially old Hi-Fi tuners, sometimes I make special ones from fibreglass using cardboard and tape moulds, sometimes just cardboard wth a quick coat of varnish or resin to firm it up. Every now and then small one-offs made from plastic, metal or plywood off cuts.

    Funny I read this today, as I bought an ABS instrument case. First one i've bought in years too.
     
  8. atferrari

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    Hams in USA seem really adept to them.

    Few days ago, I saw they are being sold two blocks away from here!
     
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    Thanks, I didn't know they had such a wide selections of enclosures.
     
  10. atferrari

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    Recently I run across a site (old timer ham) building nice enclosures with PCB laminate. Good thing is that you do not need tu use the most expensive FR4.

    Bad thing is that I cannot retrieve the link.

    Good for RF but not limited to.
     
  11. MrChips

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    I found a nice metal box that is just begging for a project.
    I'm thinking AM radio, FM radio or MP3 player. What do you think?
    Inside I will most likely use real wood (maple, birch or oak) front panel.

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  12. Llamarama

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    I'd go for an AM radio, that (rather nice) tin has a nice oldy worldy feel about it. :)
     
  13. ErnieM

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    I've always been very partial to using these:

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    From Pactek

    They are very nice looking plastic boxes easy to work (plastic cuts with just an Exacto blade) and the insert makes it simple to add a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" label paper to make custom markings on the front panel.

    I lay out the panel in Autocad so 1 inch equals 1 inch, print it out and stick it in place. It helps to add a blank label first so white stays white, it just looks better. A sheet of clear contact paper goes over this. I have some decades old that still look acceptable.
     
  14. nerdegutta

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    How about a stereo FM radio, or a DAB radio, or perhaps a MP3 player which uses an SD memory card?

    Or a portable USB oscilloscope?

    Or a temp/moist logger, with LCD under the "hood"?

    Or ... just fill it with chocolate and give it to your wife and say "thanks for being you!" :)
     
  15. MrChips

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    What?

    I already did and that's why the tin is empty.
     
  16. nerdegutta

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    Did you light the candles?
     
  17. Brownout

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    I often just buy inexpensive electrical gear boxes from the local home improvment store. For projects that need tough, waterproof enclosures, there are very nice, rugged plastic boxes made for outdoor use, with removable fronts that seal with gaskets. Next time I'm at the dock, I'll try to get a pic of one of my project boxes.
     
  18. Brownout

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    I've also become a fan of using old or surplus hinged instrument or tool cases. Here is a project in one such case. When I get ready to take it with me, I unplug the cables, close and latch and case and go. Using the case open allows me access to the connections displays.
     
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