Welcome to the evolution of my Raspberry Pi case. I've been through more than I can count, to include Lego cases, standard cases you can buy, and even the cardboard box my very first Pi came in. Ahhh, the memories.
If you're interested in seeing Version 1 of this, you know what to do here.
Step 1: Gather the Guts
Obviously, if you want to put a bunch of things into another thing, the first step is to get all of the things together. Make sense?
This go-round, I wanted to make it pretty. Lucky for me, my local craft store was having a sale on containers.
Step 2: Plan the Placement
If there's one thing that I've learned, it's to plan, test, plan, and recheck as many times as possible. There's no point in wasting your precious time or resources just because you rushed into a project.
Try as many different layouts of your equipment as you can come up with. I left space for another Hard Disk mounted atop the other two and an exhaust fan that I'll probably put in at some point in the future (at top).
After you've decided on your general layout and are sure of where you want your cables to exit, feel free to create your path. Some may choose to cut more of a "ditch" between the cover and the edge to make it easier to add or remove cables. I chose to simply cut a hole and be done.
Step 3: Make It Permanent-ish
I find hot glue to be strangely attractive and extremely useful when it comes to mounting equipment into cases that don't generally move. It's quick, easy, and can be easily and quickly removed if you decide to change things.
With that said, once you've decided on where you would like your gear positioned in the box, lay the cables as unobtrusively as possible. Not only does this help with air circulation and cooling, but it makes it prettier.
Drop a dollop of glue on everything you want stuck in place - watch the fingers - and hold it still for a minute until it cools.
Once you have everything in place and secure, marvel in the beauty that you have created. And then test it.
Step 4: Done, Sir, Done!
After plugging it all in and letting her run a while, the beautifully quiet Raspberry Pi was happy in her new home.
Sure, it hasn't been all that long since I booted her back up
01:21:44 up 47 min, 1 user, load average: 1.04, 0.82, 0.98
But she's running right within specs almost as cool as a cucumber.
root@cloud:~# /opt/vc/bin/vcgencmd measure_temp