It is very simple to make a very tough case out of some PVC or ABS pipe.
I made a gift for my friend, but it was pretty delicate, so I needed a case to put it in. Looking at the junk lying around my work table, I devised this and built in in about an hour.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Saw, either a hack saw, hand saw, or reciprocating saw.
- Ruler and marker to make straight lines.
- Rivet gun
- Hot glue
- PVC or ABS pipe, mine was 2-inch diameter, but whatever works
- Tough foam, or two end caps to fit the pipe
- Short screws or rivets
- two small hinges
Step 2: Cut the Pipe
Draw a straight line down the length of it, as shown.
Cut on that line.
Go to the exact opposite side of the pipe, and do the same.
Now, you should have two equal half-shells of pipe.
Step 3: Hinges
Attach the hinges with the pin barrels facing outward, using rivets (like I did) or bolts.
Step 4: Ends
I just hot-glued mine, but epoxy is a lot tougher.
Step 5: "Latch"
Cut an ark out of the side of this, about a quarter of the total circumference is about the least you can go with. Remember, the less you cut out, the harder it will be to snap the latch on and off.
Step 6: Acessorize
Go crazy with this design, it has tons of possibilities!