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2004\12\18@011657 by Charles Craft

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Anyone have a source for clear project boxes?

There's a zillion boxes on the Digikey site and in the Mouser catalog but I haven't seen any clear ones.

(I'm building a LED button box for my kid and would like him to see the wiring. Up the curiousity factor!)

thanks
chuckc



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2004\12\18@012659 by Robert Rolf

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How about Maxim IC sample boxes (or did they go to cardboard
too)? Not child proof but zero cost.
Audio cassette cases?

Charles Craft wrote:

> Anyone have a source for clear project boxes?
>
> There's a zillion boxes on the Digikey site and in the Mouser catalog but I haven't seen any clear ones.
>
> (I'm building a LED button box for my kid and would like him to see the wiring. Up the curiousity factor!)

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2004\12\18@015325 by Charles Craft

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I've used hinged plastic lunch/sandwich boxes but wanted something with a screw on cover if possible.

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2004\12\18@020009 by Scott Fraser

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At 10:16 PM 12/17/04, you wrote:
>Anyone have a source for clear project boxes?
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>There's a zillion boxes on the Digikey site and in the Mouser catalog but
>I haven't seen any clear ones.
>
>(I'm building a LED button box for my kid and would like him to see the
>wiring. Up the curiousity factor!)


In my PLC class, the students put their brick PLCs into a wide variety of
boxes.  Anything from NEMA enclosures to typical digikey project boxes.  I
thought I had seen just about every possible variation until one guy
brought his PLC enclosed inside a Tupperware style box.  He could see
through the lid and watch all the LEDs on the PLC and in addition he had
switches and LEDs mounted in the cover.  It was also one of the worst
wiring jobs I've seen, but it worked.  Picture the snake pit from one of
the Indiana Jones movies with a PLC brick sitting on top of the
snakes.  Replace snakes with wires and stuff it into a clear plastic box
and you have an idea of what it looked like.  To his credit, he did cut
some ventilation holes.

Scott


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2004\12\18@025549 by Jose Da Silva

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On Friday 17 December 2004 10:53 pm, Charles Craft wrote:
> I've used hinged plastic lunch/sandwich boxes but wanted something with a
> screw on cover if possible.

Use some threaded standoffs to keep the lid down.
If the sandwich box is 1inch high, get 1inch standoffs, screw from bottom,
screw on top should hold the lid in place.
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2004\12\18@031003 by Bob Axtell

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A friend of mine is a antique firearms expert. On a shooting outing, I
noticed
that his satchel was full of high quality clear snap-closure boxes.
Check out the
gun hobbyist suppliers.

--Bob

Jose Da Silva wrote:

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2004\12\18@032709 by JAMES J VANNES

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These Hammond cases are just waiting for cool led projects - red, blue,
and clear:

    http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg2c.htm

Pretty, sturdy, and splashproof!


Jim Vannes
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2004\12\18@035350 by Marc Nicholas

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You mean like these? :-)

http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg2c.htm


-marc


On 12/18/04 1:16 AM, "Charles Craft" <.....chuckseaKILLspamspam@spam@mindspring.com> wrote:

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2004\12\18@051004 by William Chops Westfield

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On Dec 18, 2004, at 12:25 AM, JAMES J VANNES wrote:

> These Hammond cases are just waiting for cool led projects - red, blue,
> and clear:
>      http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg2c.htm
> Pretty, sturdy, and splashproof!
>

Hammond makes nice cases and are cool people, too.  They always show up
at trade shows with huge crates of their boxes as samples/giveaways, and
aren't shy about giving them away.  Last WesCon I went to, I THINK
someone
said they had done a run of the clear boxes specifically to be tradeshow
giveaways (rather than real products), but they were so popular they had
to do them for real.  I don't think I quite believe that, but it's a
good
story...

Other possibilities:

Otterboxes.  These are watertight storage boxes, quite sturdy but with
hinged openable covers.  Tends to run to larger sizes.  Clear, and
sometimes
opaque color base with clear top.  Fry's has these, I think, but also:
http://www.batterystation.com/ottercaseindex.htm

Plastic nick-nack cases.  Much flimsier and cheaper.  Smalller sizes
Check out your local TAP Plastics.
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=220&

Acrylic kitchenware is in style these days, and there are any number
of box-like items.  Like this
www.nicetoys.com/mpacrylickitchenitems.html
but see your local megastore cooking section.  Pretty, but will need
modifications if you want the insides to stay inside.

Collectible card game card storage boxes.  What with "Magic, the
Gathering"
and etc (or for that matter, the older collectables like baseball
cards), check
out your local game dealer for card-size boxes in assorted thicknesses:
http://www.gamesandcards.com/showproduct.asp?cat=156&id=20624

Personally, I tend to collect a god-awful number of random product
containers
that look like they might be useful for encasing a project some day.  
Everything
from tic-tac boxes to vending containers to pill bottles to clear
mailing tubes
to CD-R "cake boxes."  When I finally get around to actually building
something,
I never seem to have anything that's the right size, though...

BillW


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2004\12\18@085403 by Philip Pemberton

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         Robert Rolf <.....Robert.RolfKILLspamspam.....ualberta.ca> wrote:

> How about Maxim IC sample boxes (or did they go to cardboard
> too)? Not child proof but zero cost.

Yes, but how do you get the Maxim logo off without marring the plastic?

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2004\12\18@103837 by Denny Esterline

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You don't, Just take the top off and throw it away. USe another bottom as
the top. (2 boxes = 1 box with no markings :-)

-Denny


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2004\12\18@115200 by Charles Craft

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A couple of people pointed out the Hammond boxes.
Thanks - they are exactly what I'm looking for.
I didn't equate translucent with transparent in the Mouser catalog. Oops.

And as far as collecting boxes for later use, yep, I've got crateloads of them that never seem quite right.
Moving soon so they are probably going to recycling and the rotary file.

The December 2004 Circuit Cellar has a whole article on reusing boxes but mainly metal ones.

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2004\12\19@113811 by Howard Winter

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Bill,

On Sat, 18 Dec 2004 02:09:55 -0800, William "Chops" Westfield wrote:

> Hammond makes nice cases and are cool people, too.  They always show up
> at trade shows with huge crates of their boxes as samples/giveaways, and
> aren't shy about giving them away.  Last WesCon I went to, I THINK
> someone
> said they had done a run of the clear boxes specifically to be tradeshow
> giveaways (rather than real products), but they were so popular they had
> to do them for real.  I don't think I quite believe that, but it's a
> good story...

The bad news seems to be that none of the suppliers I checked actually carry the clear ones, only the blue and
red...  :-(

Cheers,




Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


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2004\12\19@115340 by Roy J. Gromlich

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I am using a Hammond case on one of my products.  Back when I was first
looking
into their products I discovered that some of the versions (clear being one
of them)
are not stocked, but only made on order.  If you wanted 10 you were kind of
out
of luck -- they would be happy to run an order of 1000 or so.  Still, you
might find
a distributor who would order a case of them for their stock, and sell you a
fraction
of them.  I didn't go there, since the beige/gray case was just fine for my
job.

RJG


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2004\12\19@124830 by Charles Craft

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Allied Electronics may not be available to you in the UK but they show stock on 5 different sizes:
http://tinyurl.com/3mfpt



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2004\12\19@171303 by Howard Winter

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Charles,

On Sun, 19 Dec 2004 12:48:29 -0500 (EST), Charles Craft wrote:

> Allied Electronics may not be available to you in the UK but they show stock on 5 different sizes:
> http://tinyurl.com/3mfpt

Thanks, but as you say, it's not obvious that they will ship overseas.  Despite the fact that you can enter
the country in the addresses, they only allow selection of shipping methods that apply within the USA.  The
last time I ordered from a site like that it cost me more for the shipping than for the goods!

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


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2004\12\20@055141 by Alan B. Pearce

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>You mean like these? :-)

>http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg2c.htm



I have used those. real neat units. European folk may like to know they are
available through RS, and possibly Farnell, although I haven't investigated
there for them.

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2004\12\20@055523 by Alan B. Pearce

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>to CD-R "cake boxes."

These are ideal for holding reels of hook-up wire. make a small hole in the
side to pull the wire through, so it doesn't tangle. Nice clear boxes so you
can see how much is left on the reel.

If using lots of wire, the bulk supply "cake boxes" can take several reels
in one container.

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2004\12\20@055855 by Alan B. Pearce

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>The bad news seems to be that none of the suppliers I

>checked actually carry the clear ones, only the blue

>and red...  :-(



<VBG> I seem to remember looking at the RS catalogue and finding they
carried clear and blue, but not red :))

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2004\12\26@085730 by Lars Gravengaard

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Charles Craft wrote:

>Anyone have a source for clear project boxes?
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Check out http://www.fiboxusa.com

I think they at least have transparent covers :-)

\Lars G


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