week 4

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

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Then sanding the piece from all sides

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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:

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Then I emptied the inside with the drill press and the Fostner bits

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once it was emptied, I drilled the holes for the component:

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and checked that the switch fits

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Then I sanded it again, wiped it and waxed it

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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.

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I cut the lead with the laser cutter, and layered sheets of acrylic –

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added the components

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1 Comment

  1. The 2×4 enclosure looks great. And it looks like you had no problem with it. Did you buy your own Forstner bits?

    The effect is really great for the top panel (good idea to stack them like that), and the rounded base is interesting and fun. I’d suggest using shorter screws to hold it all together. If you need some, I probably have some in my office.

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