Dual-shield enclosures

Hello everyone,

First time here. I just purchased a Arduino Leonardo with Ethernet Shield, Protoshield, and an RGB LCD. I've been having a hell of a lot of fun with it, and have managed to get everything working perfectly.

Now that my project works, I need to make it look pretty. I'm trying to find an project enclosure/box that has the right mounting boss layout on the inside and is tall enough for the 2 shields (ethernet and proto) and long enough to mount the 16x2 LCD on the side. Surprisingly, they don't seem to be a very popular product.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find decent enclosures that would meet my uncommon height and width specifications?

kotowick:
Surprisingly, they don’t seem to be a very popular product.

It isn’t surprising at all. They are hard to find because everybody wants something different. You want a Leo with two storeys with the LCD on the side while I want a Mega with three stories and the LCD on top, and there isn’t enough demand to cater for all whims. This also explains why the stuff that is available is so expensive.

I use Australian Standard weatherproof electrical boxes. They are not ideal, require work, and not even cheap, but they suit me and the best I could find.

Try Home Depot
http://t.homedepot.com/b/Electrical-Electrical-Boxes-Conduit-Fittings-Boxes-Brackets/Junction-box/N-5yc1vZbohnZ1z116nv
http://t.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-4-in-x-2-in-Junction-Box-E989NNJ-CAR/100404097/
http://t.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-6-in-x-4-in-Junction-Box-E987RR/100404096/

If you tell us where you live (country would do, but city would be better) you might get more appropriate responses. I could direct you to some UK suppliers of suitable cases, but I've no idea whether you could conveniently get there.

That’s OK. It’s a global world we live in, and Sonapost handles parcels from foreign lands like most others…

Henry_Best:
If you tell us where you live (country would do, but city would be better) you might get more appropriate responses. I could direct you to some UK suppliers of suitable cases, but I've no idea whether you could conveniently get there.

I'm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I'm fine with shipping from anywhere though.

I suspect it may be better to try it out in person. So you might want to look at local options where you can take your unit in, and see if it fits rather than hoping the measurements are correct. In Massachusetts I would look at:

  • You-do-it: http://www.youdoitelectronics.com/;
  • Micro Center (look in camera section as well as electronics): http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/cambridge.aspx;
  • Radio Shack may still be selling project boxes (assuming the local Rat Shack is still in business, IMHO their selection wasn't the greatest);
  • Home Depot, Lowes, etc. often have boxes that can be used, be sure to look in storage as well as the electrical department;
  • Similarly for weather sealed boxes, look at the outdoor stores like L. L. Bean, EMS, REI, Bass World (the Foxborough store has a decent selection of weather sealed boxes, bags -- be sure to check both the canoeing and hunting sections of the store);
  • Hunts Photo and Video in Melrose has some Pelican cases;
  • For a quick hack, consider the plastic food boxes they sell in grocery stores.

For mail order, consider:

Here is a tutorial on how to run wiring, etc. http://www.freaklabs.org/index.php/Tutorials/Hardware/Weatherproof-Wireless-Enclosure-Build-Tutorial.html

Note, while I've collected the links in hoping of doing this someday, I haven't used any of these yet for actual enclosures. I have bought some weather sealed boxes like Pelican cases, and the small box from Adafruit.

Nick_Pyner:
That's OK. It's a global world we live in, and Sonapost handles parcels from foreign lands like most others.............

But does AfghanPost, SomaliaPost, N.KoreaPost or CongoPost?