Assignment: Build an enclosure for an electronics project using any tool(s) or technique(s) you like. Make sure that you can get back inside to make repairs, change batteries, modify, etc.
I was very impressed with the many cool and beautiful enclosures Ben showed us in class. I want to try out them all but with only a week to decide and create I focused on two kinds.
The first enclosure I made was based on Ben’s example of using a 2” X 4” wood scrap to create a box for the electronics. The idea behind it is to empty the wood and make space inside of it for the components. I followed his tutorial and used the miter saw, the sanding machine, the band saw, the drill press with Fostner bits and tried out the router as well. I worked on this with my friend Phill and we made a bunch of trials practices before making the actual piece. You can see him in the photos.
Cutting it with the miter saw
Then sanding the piece from all sides
Then I drilled holes for the screws on all 4 corners, screwed and unscrewed it. The next step was to use the band saw to cut the piece in 2:
Then I emptied the inside with the drill press and the Fostner bits
and checked that the switch fits
Then I sanded it again, wiped it and waxed it
This project will be continued with real functions for the components (which I will add in the future).
Another enclosure I made was inspired be ball I found that was made out of 2 pieces, and reflected like a a convex mirror. I thought about Bobo dolls, and wanted to have the enclosure feel a little funny, and not as stable when held.
I cut the lead with the laser cutter, and layered sheets of acrylic –
added the components