Here's the final box. It love the retro look. I haven't finished the wood at all and right now I have no intention of doing anything more to it. Read on for a bit more detail of how I got to the end of the Mark 3...
I had a bit of a brainwave when I started to question why I couldn't make the box out of wood. I have loads of offcuts lying around... surely I could use some here? The problem I faced was how to fit the various components that would need to poke through the box sides. It took a while to think of it, but I began to wonder whether I could use some perspex. A little searching later and I'd found a supply of 2mm thick perspect. Would it work? There was only one way to find out!
See above that I've finally got to use my belt clamp! Wahay! I bought this in a sale I stumbled across and instantly wished that I'd had it when I built my cajon. I snapped it up and haven't had cause to use it... until now! It workd a treat. The wood it some mahogany I bought to build my Highwayman Banjo. I cut it all to size on my table saw and here you can see me gluing. I figured that I wouldn't need to do anything too fancy with the corner joints because I'd be fitting a top and bottom perspex plate that would re-enforce.
Check out this video that +Julian Davies brought to my attention right about the same time that I'd begun putting my box together. It's a super-modded guitar that looks like a real sod to play. When you've finished marvelling at the gadgetry I'm going to point out that IntermedialesDesign has used perspex covers in much the same way that I have. You'll see that he's got led's shining inside a couple. How cool is that! Ha ha. I won't be doing this on my current build, but it is definitely something for the future!
Not happy with my wiring attempt last night, I did it all again this afternoon afresh. Here you can see it plugged in and on full. The 9 volt DC supply is registering 9 volts on the display and this is what the cable shown is supplying. When I turn it down, I can only get to 4 volts, or 2 volts under load. I don't understand why this should be right now. If you do, please drop me a comment and put me out of my misery.
You can check out the circuit I've used on my Mark 2 post. And the Mark 1 post reveals a bit about what you can use this box for.
Doesn't the unit look great stood up like this! Ha ha. Of course, the whole point of building this was to experiment with my effects pedals, but you know what, having built it, I don't feel the need to do that right now. We'll just have to wait for that project to drop another day! ;-)
I love this video. When I saw it, it reminded me of the beauty of simplicity. I remember a conversation I had with +Ukulele Russ a few years ago where we were talking ukulele playing. Russ said KISS... Keep it Simple Stupid. Wise words from a wise Alaskan.
Have I achieved a simple design with my Dying Battery Simulator? I let you be the judge of that.