Making The Case For Cool Project Enclosures


Quite often, we see project boxes that seem to be constructed more as an afterthought than anything else. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with stuffing your latest creation into a nondescript black box, or even cardboard if it happens to fit your needs. Sometimes however, an enclosure embodies the spirit of a project, making it all that much cooler.

[Adam] recently picked up a copy of Make magazine and decided to build their “Luna Mod”, a sound effects generator and looper based on a PICAXE-08M. Aside from the micro controller the Luna Mod includes a couple of pots, a switch, and a few LEDs – nothing incredibly striking. Once he had everything assembled on a strip of protoboard, he started working on his enclosure.

The enclosure is made from an old record, which after some trial and error, [Adam] got just right. The record was heated and cut, then bent into shape. While it’s not necessarily a hack, we think it looks pretty slick. It really fits the theme of the Luna Mod and is far more attractive than a plain plastic box.

Stick around to see his sound generator in action.


11 thoughts on “Making The Case For Cool Project Enclosures

  1. At first glance, I thought the case was just a CD on top of a black box.

    I don’t think that bending the record to become a black box adds much over a normal black box decorated with stickers, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Perhaps the box looks better in person. In the photo, you can barely see the grooves.

  2. ok but he doesn’t really describe it too well on his site
    would be better if he went through the steps on how to do it
    only problems: there’s no back, always a hole in the middle and not too sturdy

  3. I agree — the enclosure makes the project (or a bad one can ruin it). In fact my current project is stuck until I find something cool to re-purpose as a case for it.

  4. George – the 8-track Idea is awesome and would work.

    The LP melting technique is a simple one and there are a ton of instructions online. Please do not put a tube Amp in this or on this though!!!! Remember that Vinyl in records shatters rather than bends.
    That being said, old scratched up records are awesome Popcorn Bowls and record covers make for fun decor on any wall or under a tabletop. In fact. I ikea hacked their glass kitchen table set by inserting the cage underneath in reverse so it could store record covers under there and i would not have to look at ugly feet!

  5. Really nice idea :). I like it :), I was thinking about trying to fit the Luna Mod into an Altoids tin but something like that has been done 100 times before :P.

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