Week 4: Enclosures

For this week in Introduction to Fabrication, I went with my plan B and created an enclosure out of a salt shaker.

My grandma’s box

Last weekend, I went home and visited my grandma. She has a box that is over 40 years old and from the Soviet Union. I planned to fix the box and drill buttons on top and a breadboard inside, but a lot of ITP students convinced me not to due to the sentimental value. Therefore I changed my plans and created a nontraditional enclosure.

My salt shaker

I started off with a salt shaker. Inside are bolts and switches. One side contains googly eyes.

Testing the holes
A simple switch

I tested the sizes of the drill bits in a piece of wood. I attached a toggle switch on the top of my enclosure, but then I desired to implement a button instead. I initially tested the drill on a spare piece of plywood, but I found the material to be too difficult to drill through.

Soldered pushbutton
The button does not fit well

I soldered a pushbutton and created a larger hole, but I noticed that pushbuttons were terribly difficult to use as we discussed in class. My soldered wires kept breaking apart. Instead, I drilled another hole and used a mounted button from Tinkersphere.

Hole does not fit
Nibbling tool

Even with the largest drill bit, the mounted button did not fit. I slowly created a larger hole manually with the nibbling tool. I soldered wires to my new button.

Mounted button
Testing with a breadboard
Arduino Nano fits inside
Final product

The mounted button worked really well! I like how in my enclosure, the wires fit through the salt shaker holes in a decorative manner. My enclosure is creative and cute. For the future, I will only use panel mount components.

Box is complete

Additionally, I fixed my grandmother’s box. I glued the box overnight with a strong clamp. I’m happy I did not break this antique.