DJ Flight Case

Introduction: DJ Flight Case

About: I like to make instructables which are fun to build or make. I'm interested in bikes, science and rowing. send me a message if you have any questions.

This instructable will show you how to make a flight case for DJ'ing or other equipment.
Why spend lots of money on a flight case when you can make one half the price! or even less!

Have fun building!

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Step 1: What You Will Need


2ft x 3ft exterior ply wood (5.5mm)
Black sticky back plastic
Wood cut offs (spruce ply etc.)
Plastic equal corner tube
A piece of plastic (2cm tall X 0.5cm wide)


Wood glue
Fret Saw
Glue gun
sanding paper
1m ruler

Step 2: Cut the Wood

I was planning to make something like this.
But you may plan yours differently.
I will give you my measurements as I guide line
I also planned mine to be 19inch rack mount.

First you will need to cut the wood by these dimentions:

2 pieces of wood measuring 26cm X 11cm
1 piece of wood meaduring 11cm x 19 inches

Base and Top
 2 X 19.3inches x 26cm

Step 3: Glueing

Once you've cut the wood, you will need to glue each side ( 26 x 11cm ) to the 11cm x 19inch template like shown in the pictures.

Next you will need to glue the frame to the base like shown in picture three, four and five.

After you do this. as the glue is starting to dry, cut pieces of the sticky back plastic roughly the same size ( It doesn't have to be perfect as the angled plastic will be going over some of it).
Then stick it in place like shown in picture 6. Make the stick back plastic roughly the same size as each template.

After you have done this to each template, you will need a piece of plastic 2cm tall by  0.5 cm thick.

You will need to glue this at the front of the flight case (at the top) light shown in picture 7

After you have glue that... you will then need to glue the Plastic equal corner tube on to each corner ( I used a glue gun ) Remember to angle it correctly so all the corners remain flush like shown in picture 8.

Step 4: The Top

First you will need to get the piece of wood you cut earlier measuring 19.3inches x 26cm

Make sure you sand the wood to make it smooth.

Next, glue The top on to the 'top' I guess, like shown in picture

After this is Done I made the edges neat by sanding them smooth and putting insulation tape other them.

When you have done that drill holes for the bolts to bolt the equipment in and let it dry.

Step 5: Test Fit Equipment

All you need to do now is See if your equipment fits....I did for me!
I dont have any equipment for the top bit so Im sorry I dont have a picture with it in...

You will need to cut or drill holes in the back for the wires..

Thank you for reading.

Step 6: Pros and Cons


My flight case was more that 60%cheaper.
You can design it to your needs
Easier to fix
Can be customised


Not as strong (unless build with real flight case hardware)
May not be as good quality

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    8 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 6

    Hi! First sorry my english I am from Portugal. I have a hint to a guy on youtube who made a flight case type your post but a metal flight case around here's the link: the guy shows you everything step by step, there are eight films And thank you for the topic


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I built a rack, but I put a mesh back on it, and mounted 1/4 jacks and power jack on the mesh so I could leave the equipment in when I want to switch some things around, and to maintain a flush look. Without real hardware, that thing may not make it through one real gig...


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have any pictures of you flight case... I agree it isnt very good but it was a side project as i was waititng for products for an other project. Oscar


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It looks good so far, but where's the "lid"?



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I chose not to build a lid as it would of complicated the design, the flight case is mainly for holding the equipment


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Fair. But a flight-case should be a full-case offering full-protection in transit (which is why I asked).



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I agree it would give protection, I might modify it. This was built from left over materails and was not a serious project... At the moment I am making a electric outboard motor and built this whislt the new equipment for the motor was in the post... Oscar


    9 years ago on Introduction

    "Flight case" typically means something that you can check as luggage on a commercial airline and expect it to work at the other end. What is described here would be more properly known as a cabinet. Note that there are many vendors of flight case hardware (corners, latches, hinges, handles, etc.) for people who make their own flight cases. And much of the hardware can be kludged from what you can find at the local hardware store.