This project shows how to build a simple project case out of hardware store materials in about an afternoon. It is particularly suitable for projects that need user controls or displays. For this example, I built a case for the amazing "Wacky sound generator" from www.musicfromouterspace.com.
Step 1: Sketch the project layout, sketch the console layout, taking into account the size of any controls needed, any plugs or ports, batteries, etc.
By looking at the number and type of controls you have planned for the project, make a rough sketch. You can make it pretty rough- I have included mine as an example. Note that you want to design it "flattened out" and plan to leave space for bottom attachment of the circuit board as well as a place to attach the bottom plate. Take note of the "tabs" going down the sides of the main box- they are how the final metal portion of the case will attach to the wooden sides, and they must be far enough apart not to interfere with one another when the case is bent.
Bio:I have always loved the interface between the machine-like aspect of living things, and an increasing tendency for machines to act in a life-like way. As a result, I have been involved in computation...read more »