Original plastic, with protective covers still on.
The idea was to make a top, and a bottom, with columns to position the
top and bottom pieces, and to act as stand-offs for the
mobo. I sawed the plate into two pieces about 3.5 by 4.5
inches, using my table saw. (This may require the assistance of an
adult, that blade would just as quickly cut off a finger.)
Plastic on the table saw, against the stop fence.
Then, I went back to Tap and bought a
hollow tube and some appropriate glue. I cut two pieces,
about a foot long, and glued them together. Here's the
Single tube, on the left, and doubled, on the right.
My Rube Goldberg miter box, with stop in place for
cutting the columns.
Glued, cut and notched columns, ready for assembly.
Then, I clamped the top and bottom pieces
together and started drilling holes where I wanted the columns bolted
Partially completed drilling process.
Drill one hole. Bolt column in
place. Figure out where to drill the next hole.
Repeat as necessary.
About the "bolts": I tried to use #4
machine screws, but the longest ones avauilable were only 1.5", so I
got some 3" pieces of threaded rod (#4 size), bolted everything
together and then trimmed the rods with a Dremel tool with a cutting
blade in it. They're still full length in the partially assembled
So, you can now see why I glued two tubes
together; One for the bolt, one as a stand-off for the motherboard.
I bought some self-stick feet at the hardware store, and
stuck them to the bottom of the lower plate.
(I thought they were black in the store, they look to be
dark brown in the sunlight.)
Stuck a RasPi logo on the top of the lower plate, and I'm
good to go!
Assembled case, with motherboard in place.
Assembled case (the other side).
Raspberry Pi at Element 14