I'm not going to cover how I built the enclosure. I took some scrap pieces of wood that I had lying around, and cut them to build my little midcentury modern inspired enclosure.
There are a few things that I hope you learn from my build.
- Enclosures are a great finishing touch. It makes any pile of electronics look infinitely better. OK, I like bare electronics too, but an enclosure is a good way to ensure it lasts and is safe.
- You don't need a laser cutter or special tools. (gasp!) I used a standard box cutter and some quick drying glue and it looks fine. More importantly, it works fine!
- A great resource for enclosure ideas is a simple Google image search based on a furniture or architectural design period. Examples: Midcentury Modern, Contemporary, Bauhaus, Art Deco, etc.
Almost anything can be an enclosure. I find some of the best things at the dollar store, garage sales, and even in the recycling bin. Be creative and have fun. Just remember if your enclosure has any exposed metal parts to cover them, or the electronics to prevent shorts!
If you are interested in how to design a laser cut enclosure for your project, check out our guide.