March 30, 2013

The Altoid tin: a nearly perfect DIY enclosure

The Altoids tin is one of the very favorite enclosures of the DIY / home-brewing electronic enthusiast / ham radio experimenter.  For small electronic projects, the Altoids tin is nearly a perfect fit for purpose.

    Photograph of an Altoids tin at an oblique angle
    Altoids Tin
    Photograph by Michael W. Maher
  • Free (after you eat the excellent peppermints)
  • Recycled / reused
  • Durable (its metal)
  • Hinged lid
  • Light weight
  • Size can accommodate a small circuit board, 9v battery, and mounting jacks, knobs, and such. 
  • Outside dimensions:
    • 3-13/16" (9.68 cm) length
    • 2-7/16" (6.19 cm) width
    • 3/4" (1.91 cm) height
Happy home-brewing!

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

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