I’m currently in the process of building two portable eurorack case inspired by monorocket cases. I thought you might be interested in some details.
I got inspired by this muffwiggler thread.
The cases will be 126hp * 9u. Enough for the start… The dimensions are: 67cm width x 42,3cm height x 14,4cm depth (including top cover) + a few millimeters for the tolex cover.
I’m using 12mm birch plywood (Multiplex). This should give enough stability. I will glue the pieces together and use Lamello biscuits for additional stability.
I thought a long time about the maximal depth for modules. I wanted something skiff-y, but with room for some deeper modules. I ended up with 7cm.
If you take a look at the first picture, you can see that I have enough depth on the left and right side of the case. Here I can place some deeper modules like my rs-95e (6,5cm). I looked at all my favorite modules and no module is deeper than 7 cm. Even 95% of all doepfer modules aren’t deeper. 7 cm is perfect.
Thanks to the super thin mutable instruments modules (only 1 pcb on the backside) I even had room for adding a huge spring reverb (type 9) for my music thing diy reverb module. :)) (picture 2)
The depths for modules:
7 cm on the left and right side
5 cm above the buses
3,5cm above the power supply
3 cm above the spring reverb
I’m using a meanwell power supply, which provides 12+, 12- and 5v. Perfect. Thanks fcd72 for the awesome tip. Also thanks for your great bus boards I’m using.
At the end I will place some tolex around the wood. I got it from Tube-town. They have great selection of tolex. I took a make noise style tolex and a red wine tolex
I will update you about my progress. If you have some questions, I’m happy to help
You make this stuff look way too easy!
Not sure about that, but I may also include 2 usb connectors (via 5v) to connect usb speakers, op1, lamps or other stuff. - Or I will built 2 speakers inside. Tomorrow I will start with the gluing.
Build them inside!
I won’t allow USB in that case!
Looks great so far. Where did you get the rails and mounts?
Take a look at the last picture
I got them from Clicks & clocks. Great guy in Germany who sells eurocase diy stuff.
How much did you pay per 84TE, including nuts, and the threaded strip, buying from clicks & clocks?
I want to replace my happy ending kits. I think a Ikea Rast is like 92hp. So far Erthenvar is the best solution, but I don’t want m2.5 holes in my strips.
Still looking for a North American shop to get rails at…great case though! I love the idea of built in speakers.
@V`cent: I’m not sure if he wants his prices online. He provides a price list, if you ask him via email.
Very nice. I would love to build my own case because the IKEA Rast is already filled up … But I need to find a space to do the woodwork first - will be no good trying to do it in a small living-room. I also thought about getting some of the Meanwells 5V-juice out into some USB-sockets to charge the iPad or the OP1. Would also be great to power the upcoming Beatstep? So this is what I got. Quite cheap but useable.
Good luck with the tolex!
very nice. make sure you get the water based tolex glue from tube town too. awesome stuff.
clicks&clocks is a great find! thanks for linking that.
unfortunately the dude is low on stock, but he will get more stuff soon.
i think i am going with that for my next case.
its not realy more expensive than ikea rast + rackrails + baugruppenträger and woodworking is fun anyway.
You can find vector rails from Digikey! And Newark, I believe. I have posted a link somewhere else on this forum or Muffs, forget where.
Here are the Newark links, try searching using the mfr part numbers:
Thanks for that! I knew that they would be available through someone like newark, but unsure of what 19" eurorack rails would be called (in real life)
A small update: I glued all the parts together and brought them to a carpenter for rounding all the edges. He worked very inaccurate and caused more work than fun… Anyway…At least he only took 25 Euro for rounding 2 cases.
I still need to sand the wood a tiny bit better so that the two case parts join more precisely. Next I will glue the tolex and add all the hardware (bus boards, power supply, handle, rail…) Hopefully I will have everything finished this week.
A small list of what you need to do to built a case:
- Cut the wood to the right sizes.
- Glue them together.
- Round all the edges.
- Sand all the imperfections.
- Color the inside black (I did this to early…)
- Glue the tolex (still not sure how to do it best)
- Add all the outside hardware (edges, handle, twists…)
- Add all the inside hardware (bus boards, power supply, spring reverb)
Does anyone know anything about such legs? I can’t find them on google… But I’m also not sure about the search term I would love to add them to my case. I contacted the case makers, but unfortunately they didn’t answer.
They look a bit like guitar whammy bars.
Thanks. Yes, you are right, they look like whammy bars. However all the whammy bars are unusable for my case as they have right angles.