A Raspberry Pi Case Made From Scrap Wood




About: As a young lad Tom spent most of his days at the heels of his father, working in their shop, also known as the basement. His dad was an extraordinary cabinet maker and while working on their 1850’s hom...

Step 1: Laminating (glueing)

I used 3 pieces of scrap wood I had lying around. I glued and clamped them together so that they would be one piece.

I used way too much glue here. Next time I'll use less glue and it'll require less cleanup.

Step 2: Cutting to Sizes

I cut 4 peaces out of the larger block.
Each one was cut to a 1/2 inch.

Step 3: Slots for the Top and Bottom

I cut 1/4 inch deep slots into the top and bottom. For the plastic top and bottom.

Step 4: Cutting the 45s

The measurements of the sides don't really matter as long as both short sides and both long sides are equal.

Step 5: Cutting for the Panel Mount Connectors

I traced all the connectors.
Then used a combination of the chisel and dremel to make the holes.

RJ45 Male to Female Panel Mount 50cm: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017N9XFR0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B017N9XFR0&linkCode=as2&tag=innotom-20&linkId=24b2027c86cfa4c2746875f5568887fa

HDMI Penel Mount Cable 50cm:

5 Pcs Panel Mount Rocker Switch:

20" Micro USB Male to Micro USB Female:

Step 6: Glueing the Box Up

Make sure you don't forget to put the top and bottom in like I did.

I used tape to hold all the sides together.

Step 7: Final Box Prep & Clear Coat

I cut the top off the box. I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it, so let me know if there is a better way.

I used hot glue to keep the plastic from sliding around. The plastic was from the bottom of an Aldis bag and was too thin for the 1/4 inch grove.

I put two clear coats of poly, sanding once in between.

Step 8: Finishing Up

I mounted all the connectors and screwed down the electronics.

I added some rgb LEDs and loaded retropi.

Check out the full video if you want to see more!

Check out https://youtu.be/i52UBhn4NWY if you want to see more of the RGB LEDs



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    13 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I have the exact same saw table and its by far the best thing I have ever bought. Its taken my carpentry skills from a 2 to a 7 in one straight hit.

    6 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I highly recommend the first project you make with the saw is a crosscut sled. It open up more scope and accuracy. You can even cut the slides with the saw.
    It takes a bit of fussing to get it accurate, but once done its well worth it.


    Reply 2 years ago

    It is #1 on my shot projects list. Probably won't make a video out of it since there are SO many already. Know of any good howto?


    Reply 2 years ago

    I made mine just by thinking about it, but I did watch a heap of videos of others for ideas. One mistake I made..... I made mine really big to cater for lots of different jobs as possible. In the end it is very clunky and too big for every day use. I have since made a much smaller one that gets used much more often. The bigger one is still good for larger jobs though. Its not like they cost much to make either.

    BTW you're a good sport allowing your thread to be hijacked with this discussion ;)


    Reply 2 years ago

    What's the make/model?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Its the Dewalt; DWE7480.

    It looks almost identical to the DW745 but mine has a 24" rip capacity compared to 16"

    For roughly 75$ more I can cut full sheets of ply in half.


    Reply 2 years ago

    I love it! Whenever I buy something, Its either an Impulse buy becasue it was the right price. OR I send way to much time researching. That saw was the latter.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Posting from my iPhone using speech to text was my first and second mistakes.


    2 years ago

    I like the use of connectors on the box, turned into a proper case.

    1 reply