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Raspberry PI case with built in surface mount for less than $2

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I own two RPI’s one is a media server for my prerecorded TV shows; the other is hooked up to a Motorola Lapdock to run experiments and for educational purposes. I am an engineer who volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America I teach computers at the Rhode Island Merit Badge College and plan on giving my presentation from my RPI. It will also be a web server for those taking the class. In my search for low cost enclosures I saw someone use 2 electrical plate covers as a sandwich with spacers. So I thought what if the RPI could fit into a standard junction box? What I found is that it “just” fit into a 1-Gang 8 cubic inch old work box with flanges.

I tried to keep the tools down to a minimum.

Tools:

Dremel tool (cutting and sanding bits) or hand scroll saw, or vibrating multitool
Drill bit set, I don’t include sizes due to the “English/Metric” thing.
Razor knife
Screw Driver
6/32 Tap (if not you may be able to self tap it)
Files
 
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Step 1: Gather the materials:

Picture of Gather the materials:
1-Gang 8 cubic inch Old work box plastic Home Depot $1.20
Model # B108R-UPC Internet # 100404058 Store SKU # 279670
1-Gang Blank Wall Plate Home Depot $0.59

Model # R52-88014-00W Store SKU # 224175 Store SO SKU # 162677

3-4 6/32 screws (free, these are the same ones used in your PC you must have some around)

4 spare rubber feet from whatever device you have around

PDF of paper RPI case from Punnet (remember to print it full size do not shrink to fit)
http://squareitround.co.uk/Resources/Punnet_net_Mk1.pdf

Spray Paint, whatever you have, though I like the Red.
temper2 years ago
Very nice work, well done.
It would take me 10 weeks and a day to build that - 1 day for the build and 10 weeks delivery for the pi - :-( Oh well with some luck I might be having raspberry pi for Christmas! ;-)
old_alex (author)  temper2 years ago
Delivery is running long again, I know someone who has been waiting a month, demand is high. Santa needs to step up his game.
temper old_alex2 years ago
I'm just coming into my 7th week - they have just advised of another delay of several weeks - I'll be surprised if it arrives before Christmas now as the normal delays of that period will be added.
pctec860 temper2 years ago
I ordered my RPi 3 weeks ago, and it came in last night. I will be making this case for it. Maybe with a few modifications. :)
Thanks for the excellent idea.