Mark Frauenfelder at 11:59 am Thu, Apr 29, 2010
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Circuit Skills: Electronics Enclosures
Good instructional video. One comment: the background music/sound was distracting; consider turning down the volume, especially while you speak.
That’s ‘sweet retro styling?’ It looks like everything I ever made from Radio Shack.
When I was a kid.
Oh, man. I must be getting old.
(are todays enclosures, switches and dials really that different?)
I built an AM radio jammer (er, ‘transmitter’) with schematics from one of those old 300-in-1 kits, and used an empty Mennen Speed Stick container for the enclosure (the dial on the bottom could tune in the station on which to transmit)
Drove my AM-radio-listening parents insane.
I love this guy’s videos, but every time I watch them, I feel like I’m having an awkward conversation with somebody.
Makers of audio equipment, DJ mixing boards, and electronic musical instruments seem to understand this very well. See, e.g. these links:
This video was charming. Made me want to make something! Except I do not need anything and it would clutter the place up. I will enjoy this video of boxes instead.
I always have more problems with labels on enclosures. I don’t do silkscreening and Dymo plastic or even the newer paper labels look shabby.
Try using clear waterslide decals. Really easy to do and make very accurate since it’s straight from the printer. I even print drill marks onto it since I like to use PCB-soldered pots (less wiring and it holds the board in place).
Looks pretty good too: http://www.blackcandyfx.com
I would suggest laser engraving your panel, either from an anodized aluminum sheet, or possibly an acrylic sheet designed for reverse engraving.
With all respect, have you tried a paintbrush/marker? Frankly, I think hand painted labels look cool.
Cool and fun–but one helpful tip:
Unless you think “cool retro styling” means crooked knobs and LEDs, better use a center punch to accurately mark where you drill. The center punched pips help keep a hand-held drill bit from spinning off target.
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