Folded metal cases, vinyl-clad steel top, ali base?

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Folded metal cases, vinyl-clad steel top, ali base?

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For as long as I can recall, these folded metal cases have always been a mainstay for electronics projects, two part folded sheet metal with a steel vinyl-clad lid & sides, and an aluminium base, front & rear so easy to drill. The thing is, I cant find any anywhere - and I cant remember what they're called or who makes them so searches dont work for me. What I'm looking for is a large project cabinet, 12-14" square in plan and about 5" deep. A large one of these would be ideal. Its for a 'repro' project so the appearance cant differ too much from the photos. Any ideas please?
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Thanks Alex thats a nice case - but I cant really afford £47 +vat.... the ones I posted used to be everywhere and quite cheap.
I spose it has been a few years since I bought one.... might have to look at hacking an old PC or Video recorder chassis.
Wonder if John Birkett in Lincoln has anything?

This one is nice too - and pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, but £39? plus Excise Duty plus the Post Offices £14...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Various-Size ... 2848032536


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and another on RS: https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/7546008/
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From memory there are Ali boxes on eBay / Amazon
that could easily be covered in leather cloth vinyl as used on retro tx cases Phil.

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These any use?

https://www.teko.co.uk/en/products/fami ... ies/al-box

Not exactly the same, but similar. They also do some others if you trawl through the website.

I remember building digital clocks in those cases you've illustrated, when 7-segment leds first appeared! Before that, we'd made the using Nixie tubes (remember them?)!

Sadly a lot of stuff for home builder is getting very hard to some by!

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Hi Phil.
Not sure if you're still looking for a case, but I saw this one at CPC Farnell (Order Code: EN82743) which might be of interest ?
It's smaller (284x160x76mm) than you specified, and looks like the top and bottom are ABS ? But has a metal front (and rear) panel ? Price is £12.28 plus VAT (£14.74 including VAT). It's also available on eBay, but more expensive. If you don't have an account with CPC, I could get it shipped to you, but we'd either have to make the order value up to £17.50 excluding VAT to get free shipping, or pay £4.95 plus VAT for carriage.
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I use one of these for smaller stuff.
https://www.jaycar.co.uk/sheet-metal-be ... k/p/TH1763

Is there a machine shop nearby that would fold you up a custom job? It's pretty simple for someone with proper pan break so shouldn't be too expensive.
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