Step #1: Laser-Cut the Enclosure
- Let's begin by downloading the enclosure files from Thingiverse and cutting them out with a laser cutter.
Don't have access to a laser cutter? Just design your own enclosure or simply stack the components on top of each other.
- I used 5mm plywood (3/16 in. or 1/4 in. may be substituted for 5mm), about $10 for a 2x4 panel at your favorite lumberyard. If you use something thinner or thicker, you may run into trouble with the teeth not meshing cleanly. Be sure to make the length of the teeth the same as the thickness of the material.
- At this point you may want to spray paint the panels!
Step #2: Add the TV to the Front Panel
The TV gets tensioned to the front panel (the one with the TV-shaped hole in the front!) Use the flat piece of wood with the two holes, then gently tighten a couple of #8 screws. I used 3-inchers, but obviously they're way too big.
Dab some glue on the teeth and stick the side panels on, keeping the flat side toward the bottom. The flat tensioner is the exact same width as the space between the two sides.
Step #4: Add the Back--But Don't Glue!
Slide the back panel on, but don't glue it in place. That's how we will access the inside.
Step #5: Add the Top and Bottom
The top and bottom should pop into place. Remember not to glue the back panel so you can get it off!
Step #6: Put the Converter Underneath the Enclosure
- Isn't it cute? It looks like a wee VCR.
- Of course, if you're using a different model of converter than I did, be sure to change the dimensions of the enclosure before you cut it out.
Step #7: Connect the Antenna
Plug in the antenna to the back of the converter.
Step #8: Connect the Speakers to the Converter's RCA Ports
- Depending on your speakers, you may need a 3.5mm female to RCA male adaptor. I only had a RCA female so I had to add RCA male-male cables on. You know how it is.
- Now, plug the RCA male leads into the appropriate ports in the back of the converter.
Step #10: Go Watch Some TV!
- You're done! Celebrate with a bowl of pretzels and a heapin' helpin' of broadcast TV.
- And yet, something is missing -- that spare AV cable is crying out to be used. Let's connect a Raspberry Pi and use it as a media station to play movies and tunes.
Step #11: Configure Your RasPi
- RaspMC is a media center image for your RasPi. All you have to burn the image to a SD card and boot up the Pi.
- Plug in the SD card, a power supply, an AV cable leading to the TV, and a 3.5mm cable connecting to the speakers with the help of the headphone splitter I mentioned in the parts list.
- You'll also need a memory stick plugged into one of the USB ports, and a USB mouse in the other so you can navigate through your files.