Enclosure - Tea Tin Speaker

Enclosure - Tea Tin Speaker

Inspiration :

I am a tea drinker and collect a lot of tea tins. So when talking about readymade enclosure, my mind automatically ran to the tin since the lid is easy to open and close also it’s very durable by itself.

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Materials and Tools :

Tin box

buttons

sandpaper

hammer

nail

electric screwdriver

pen / marker

ruler

Process :

I plan to use the tin as a box to put a breadboard and Arduino. And use the lid cover as a panel for the buttons and the speaker.

measuring approximately all the buttons should be and make a small make with a marker

measuring approximately all the buttons should be and make a small make with a marker

make a small holes for the speaker with the nail and hammer

make a small holes for the speaker with the nail and hammer

After making small holes as a mark spots, I used a screwdriver to help me created the bigger holes for the volume control and on/off buttons. Then sand the front of the lid cover tin to get rid of the sharp edges created by the screwdriver.

I thought of spray painting all the tin box at the beginning for finishing. Though after sanding, the lid cover’s skin was scratched off and exposed but I kinda like the rough touch of it. So I change my mind from using the spray paint to sand all the surface of the lid cover off instead. I also peeled the stickers of the tin off and clean it with oil and warm soap water.

After sanding and put the buttons on

After sanding and put the buttons on

Finish!

Finish!

What I learn from this :

Sometimes it is interesting to go with the flow and follow the constrain of your found object. For example I plan to put a spay paint on to finish the enclosure but now I like the effects that I got from just sanding the surface of the lid cover much better.