I have ordered a Uno, rtc and LCD display so I can get on with my project.
Once I get it all up and running I am thinking about how I would set it up
as a permanent unit ( might use one of the simpler boards for this ).
As a standalone unit I would either add a keypad or use a PS2 keyboard.
Anyone got ideas on how I could make a decent looking job of putting
it all in a case - LCD, keypad etc? I am in the U.K
When I make an Arduino project permanent, I generally take the microcontroller off the Arduino board and put it on stripboard with a crystal. Its really not that hard. I do this in 2 steps, first putting everything on breadboard and then transferring the breadboard to stripboard when I know everything is woking.
I'm not the tidiest person when it comes to boxing, but I tend to use an ABS box and cut the holes using a Dremmel-type circular cutter at low speed to stop the plastic melting too much.
Some uses lunch boxes or cardboard boxes. I've used cardboard boxes, acrylic face plates, and better ones.
Here is my little journey FYI: