Im in my 2nd year at University of Dundee studying Innovative Product Design, this semester i received a brief to design and build a radio casing. In this blog i will record how i built the final prototype radio including an exploded diagram, photos and any other relevant drawings or notes. I hope you enjoy it and have a go at making it yourself, any unclear detail please post and i will get back to you.
Step 1: Cutting and parts list
Oak length, width, thickness and quantity
- 180mm, 80mm, 14mm [ x2]
- 80mm, 80mm, 14mm [ x2]
- 231mm, 131, 12mm [ x2]
- 80mm, 33mm, 33mm [ x4]
- 40mm, 26mm [ x2]
Radio circuit board and ariel [ x1]
- spare wires
- soldering iron
Step 2: Exploded view
Here is an Exploded view to help you see how all the parts will fit together. I have included a PDF because its quite difficult to read.
Step 3: Dismantling a radio
We received this Sony radio to dismantle to use the circuit board in our radios however any radio can be dismantle but sizes can differ and you will have to size any holes etc to the correct sizing to your particular radio chip. I used precision screw drivers to take off the outer casing and get at the circuit board later i extended the different components to fit into the radio shell but until then keep it all in one piece.
Step 4: Building the radio body
First take your wood panels and use a router to route 7mm width and 12mm depth on each side of every piece (see pictures). Next take the four corner pieces and tape together flush and drill a 56mm hole in the very centre down 12mm on both sides, you now should have all 8 pieces ready to put together but next we need to cut the am/fm, headphone jack and ariel holes. Keep the 4 corner pieces taped together until gluing the box together and label their sides so you can tell which one goes where.