Ultrasuede Bench Power Supply Got Style

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.

15 thoughts on “Ultrasuede Bench Power Supply Got Style

    1. If you put 3,46V on a red LED you may easily force 120mA through it. Although this kind of test leads have some resistance of their own. But with around 1 Ohm of course not enough to count as current limiting resistor for a small red LED. :-)

  1. “Admittedly, there’s not much to this hack except for putting some cheap and cheerful parts into a nice, used, case.” Of course beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but im not sure if thats some kind of joke i didnt get. Thats one of the ugliest cases used ive ever seen. Every cookiebox used as a enclosure is more beautiful than this. I just dont get it.

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