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You spent weeks—months, maybe—developing your circuit. Doodling. Drafting. Breadboarding. Perfboarding. Designing and etching that PCB. Your work deserves a presentation—a case, a control panel, a software UI—worthy of all the hard work that went inside. At MAKE, we’ve seen thousands of electronics projects over the years with enclosures made of everything from paper to platinum. Here are just a few of our all-time favorites in wood, metal, other natural materials, and plastics. If you’re planning a project box, and seeking inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Wolfgang says:

    the pocket watch really looks noble! i have to build one for myself and maybe add some more features… as i just unboxed my new Arduino starter kit, i have plenty of sensors to play with :)

  2. I can’t find the ‘View All’ button.

  3. Sharkcus says:

    Arg. What a shame, another slideshow I’ll be passing up.

  4. sam says:

    slide show? no thnaks.

  5. Alan Dove says:

    Enough with the slideshows, Make. We understand you need to maximize page views for revenue, but slideshows that don’t have a “view all on one page” option are just driving people away.

  6. [...] Check out these 15 fantastic enclosures. [...]

  7. [...] Check out these 15 fantastic enclosures. [...]

  8. Isaac says:

    My first time with slide shows. I had it half way before I gave up.

  9. [...] MAKE covered a bunch of interesting project enclosures and included this tip: “Your fancy project box deserves better than a plain ol’ plastic wall-wart. Off-the-shelf, your options are black, white, and beige. Fortunately, we know somebody who’s been there, feels your pain, and wants to show you how to class up your power supply with a custom wooden shell and matching cord.” (read more) [...]