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Just a cheap, simple enclosure I hacked together to help when prototyping:
http://benttronics.blogspot.com/2011/01/arduino-project-box-on-cheap.html
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Nice. Cheap clone tupperware containers also make useful project housing. They come in every size imaginable.

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These Really Useful Boxes are really nice to work with too, all kinds of sizes, some color variety.
Available at Staples, OfficeMax.
This is a 4L box, aboytr 12.5" x 9" opening,
couple of smaller ones in front
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You know what else I just discovered? A Unibit, purchased at Home Depot for other projects, is great for making holes in plastic. Several times I have drilled a pilot hole, and then moved up to a larger drill for a banana plug or other panel mount connector, only to have the larger bit 'grab' and tear up the edge of the hole.  The Unibit just went plop-plop-plop thru the different size holes, nice & neat, no grabbing at all. Is my new favorite tool for making round openings!

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You know what else I just discovered? A Unibit, purchased at Home Depot for other projects, is great for making holes in plastic.

Also known as "step drills":

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?category=&q=step+drill

/yeah, I know you likely paid more (?) for the Home Depot version...
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I bought them last winter, needed to make holes in an AL enclosure for a tube amp.
Didn't have to wait days for shipping  & pay shipping costs, big time saver there. Home Depot was on the way to work at the time. Could see what I was getting, no questionable made in China stuff.
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Hey CR, what is that glassy looking thing near the center of that chassis, some kind of lighted display indicator, perhaps a fancy power on or off lamp?  ;D

Just kidding, being a old fart I remember building stuff that used lots of tubezz.  smiley-wink

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Anyone can suggest a wooden box for geocaching? I want to put a combination lock to it and arduino inside. The treasure finder will have to do what is told in order to get the combination. I call it a flip or dice box. you treat the box as a dice, you have to sequencially flip the box to make the numbers 1-6 show on top in the sequency told by the arduino, then arduino will release the combination.  ;D
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Check with your local crafts folks. I am sure they have boxes that would fit the bill nicely.
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Didn't have to wait days for shipping  & pay shipping costs, big time saver there. Home Depot was on the way to work at the time. Could see what I was getting, no questionable made in China stuff.

We've got Harbor Freight stores all over the Phoenix area (and most of the west coast - and I know they're in a lot of other places as well). I think I pass by two of them on my way to work and back.

I've never had an issue with any of their tools (or drill bits, etc) - other items, yes (I have a solar shed light that -does not- work at all), there's issues, but for me most of their stuff is pretty good; just like anything else out of china - some good, some bad.

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Wow, I just used their store finder map, didn't realize they were in the Boston area also. Nearest one is about 20 miles west of, about a half hour drive. Multiple Home Depot, Lowes & local hardware stores are all closer. And yet when I wanted a Nibbler, still had to orer online. And then found it didn't work well at all on plastic, so I'm still drilling a bunch of holes & then trimming with razor blade knife for D connector openings.
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