I have not browsed this forum for a long time and recently I started looking around again. This was not a wise decision for my wallet as I finally decided to build a tube amp. I've been lusting over one for a long time and I decided to go with the Bijou. I ordered parts and am waiting until they arrive. In the mean time, I'm making my own enclosure to avoid the cost of buying one. I'll update this thread with progress as this thing moves along. After this, I'll be building a DAC and investing in some proper headphones. All I've got are 595's for the time being.
The idea here is aluminum and wood. I also got my calculator and calipers out because I'm trying to build this thing to tight tolerances. Everything shall be nice and smooth (no sharp edges) just like in aviation. Due to the design I can't use aircraft style edge distances for holes or else I would, just for fun! The interior dimensions are ~12"x8 3/4"x 3". It was supposed to be a little over 9" deep but I was up all night and messed up the measurements. The top cover will have holes for the tubes and transformer (370 DAX). Things to come: wood control knobs and feet, top cover aluminum handles (mostly for looks), custom badge where the black indented portion sits and stain/wax on the wood.
By the way, the wood is hardwood from a bar-b-q tray and aluminum is from an old server PC case that I kept for the quality metal. Nice and free. This is my very first go at building any kind of enclosure from scratch. Hopefully this motivates more people to make their own audio equipment cases!
Is this going to be enough to fit the 3 circuit boards and the bottom part of the transformer in there? (302mm x 202mm, interior dimensions)