- Published: Thursday, 07 July 2016
- Written by Jon Chandler
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At some point, many of our projects should go into an enclosure so that it looks nice or is projected from damage and even weather. Many styles of enclosures are available from Radio Shack (yes, they are still in business), Digikey and Jameco but cost can be high and finding exactly what you want can be difficult. Often, with a little ingenuity, enclosures can be found at hand. I've shown some different options here in the past for enclosures but you may be neglecting a great source of stylish enclosures as close as your bathroom - stick deodorant containers!
These come in different colors in a small range of sizes and some even have transparent end caps if you want to show some LEDs. These containers are nearly air-tight too, so a water-tight enclosure can be arranged with some judicious use of silicon sealant.
The pictures here show a couple of Old Spice Deodorant containers. A TAP-28 Plus board (98mm x 60mm) slides right in the larger container with about 12mm to spare in the length.
The slightly more stylized container has an angled translucent top which would be perfect to display a few LEDs. It's slightly smaller in cross-section, so the TAP-28 board doesn't quite fit due to the thickness of the PIC in a socket and the keyed 6-pin headers.
These containers have a knob on the end and a shaft extending inside to push up the deodorant stick. In the first container, it's impossible to remove the shaft and knob without breaking out the plastic around the knob. On the more stylized version, the knob is a press-fit into the container; it can be popped out and put back in. A cool design would be to use the existing knob to rotate a pot or a rotary switch.
The protective cap that seals the deodorant before purchase might come in handy to create a watertight seal, or to separate the container into sections for a shorter board. The piece used to push the deodorant stick up in the container may be handy in some applications too.
Let your imagination run wild with these. If you don't use stick deodorant or you want to experiment with a different type, this product typically costs around $4 - not a bad price for an enclosure even it you buy it and toss the stick.