Intro: ATX Power Supply Powered Car Stereo in Home
This project was driven by an ATX computer power supply and car stereo laying around the house. With some plexiglas found, connectors bought, and a dremmel tool abducted from my family I was ready to begin. This unit contains the radio and power supply within plexiglas. The two switches turn on the radio and turn on the LEDs. Most of these supplies are recycled, materials such as gold are used in the ATX power supply-which is at a high price right now.
Disclaimer: this instructable is intentionally vague for a reason. The reason being I don't want people to copy me. I want people to be different, exact copies aren't fun. Deviate from my design and be creative!
Step 1: Supplies
First you gather your supplies:
wire (I used gauge 14)
your choice of connectors
Step 2: Wiring
First consult your power requirements for your radio(mine is a Sony and it needed 12V). Then you need to check your power supply for the proper wire with the needed voltage, then put connectors on both stereo wires, one is constant and saves channels while the other powers the radio. Don't forget to ground the radio of course, ground wires are everywhere on the power supply and are black. Consult your radio wiring diagram and use the proper wires to connect your speakers to the radio. Plug your antenna into the radio turn on the power supply and you can test to see if everything is running smoothly. Don't forget to wire your switches in where ever you want them. It's important that you leave the constant power directly connected to the power supply. The LED lights can be added to the power supply, make sure to not blow the lights though with too much power.
Step 3: Case
Lay a sheet of plexiglas down then lay the power supply and radio giving ample space between the two (the ATX power supply will interfere with the radio if too close). Use the two components to mark an outline for The case length and width. After cutting the parts use a mouse sander to "frost" the plexiglas. The longer you sand the more of the frosted feature you will get. When you have the top and bottom cut you need to figure out the proper width to allow some breathing space between the power supply and the top sheet of plexiglas. When all the pieces are cut and frosted decide in the face plate and make the proper cuts for the radio face and switches. When all the appropriate cuts made hot glue the plexiglas together.
Step 4: Completion
After the case has been glued together and time for the glue to set you put all the pieces in. Plug the power supply into the wall, hook the speakers into the radio, and turn everything on. And now you have a nice quality radio that has saved the earth and looks pretty fly.