I’m sure there’s no shortage of KBPM’s modded into various project boxes, but I wanted to show off my take on it. My approach was simple. I wanted to protect the KBPM and lessen the stress associated with connecting the RJ45 and mini-USB cable.
The project box was purchased from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CS2YP22/
I cut the RJ45 hole with a combination of drill bits, coping saw and fine metal files to refine the fit. I cut a small cord cutout at the top of the box. I made it close enough to the cover such that it puts a small amount of pressure on the cable so that tension on the cable won’t pull on the KBPM itself. Finally, I used the existing through-holes in the board to fasten two small screws through the bottom of the project box and into the holes. The screws are basically friction-fitted into the plastic and a little bit smaller than the holes in the board. Just enough to secure the board to the bottom of the box and hold the RJ45 jack tight to the side.
I like that the box is clear and can show off my KBPM and I have no problem seeing the status lights. I want to add a Kegbot sticker to the cover, but I need to find one small enough as to not block the view, yet show off the branding. The ones that came with my Kegbot are the logo and the wording. Although I might just cut out the Kegbot logo and use that.
Also, I’m tired of using my docking station for my Asus Transformer TF101 tablet. I have the dock torn apart and if I strip it to essential components only (i.e. usb port, 40-pin dock connector, power cord, ribbon cables), I might be able to mod it all into the project box as well. That’s the plan I’m currently toying with anyways. More pictures to come if that idea takes off.
Update: See finished tablet mount/enclosure below. 12/16/2014
Hope this inspires someone.