From the look of it sitting on his bench, you’d never guess that [3nz01]’s power supply was actually a couple of el-cheapo modules from eBay, but now we all know the dirty truth.
Re-using or re-purposing an enclosure can be a great way to get a project done faster and get on to the next one. In [3nz01]’s case (tee-hee!), it was an old clock with a broken and annoying buzzer that needed to go. The clock was a nice piece of wood, but that Plexiglas front panel just wasn’t cutting it. That’s why it’s good to have a tailor for a father — a suitable piece of ultrasuede wrapped around the plexi makes the build look swank.
Admittedly, there’s not much to this hack except for putting some cheap and cheerful parts into a nice, used, case. But that’s a good reminder to take a little pride in some of the tools that you use on a daily basis. Don’t the objects taking up prime real estate on your bench deserve better? Keep that in mind the next time you’re browsing the junk store.
If you need some inspiration for ridiculous cases to house your bench-top power supply in, you need not leave the warm and cozy confines of the Hackaday multiverse. Here’s a rival wooden case where no shortcuts were taken. If your desktop power supply needs to be rugged, and you’ve got an army surplus store around the corner, consider an ammo box. This power supply is not bigger than a breadbox. The power supply is a perennial favorite: indulge yourself in a Hackaday search.