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Before you tear into an antique, of course, you should know what it’s worth. But once you’re sure you’re not destroying a valuable piece of history, repurposing a family heirloom as a project enclosure can be a great way to keep it alive in yours and your children’s memories. Here, a beautiful LED watch PCB has been carefully retrofit into an equally beautiful hand-me-down mechanical pocketwatch case.

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.


Comments

  1. Love that brass enclosure.

  2. I’ve done a couple of enclosures I’m proud of. First was my wooden logic probe (http://www.galacticstudios.org/wooden-super-probe/) and second was my Windows PC inside a miniature case resembling and Altair 8800 (http://www.galacticstudios.org/mini-altair-8800-pc/)

  3. Nice! We just made an enclosure from a drum module enclosure out of an NES Advantage controller…. http://weareaudiobody.com/this-is-not-what-you-think-it-is

  4. John says:

    My project for MakerFaire Bay Area 2008
    http://blog.makezine.com/2008/03/09/the-minthesizer/
    An analog synth in an Altoids tin

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