DIY Fencepost Compact Case

Designed to fit inside a 5 inch PVC pipe, this fun little enclosure is perfectly designed for Christmas Lights.


Overview


Featuring space for power supplies on lower level and tons of room for components on upper level. So much in so little space.


Features

  • Small & Compact, designed to fit inside a 5 inch square PVC pipe
  • Fully customizable component holes using the JDeation Designer
  • Fully rainproof
  • Holds standard 350w power supplies.
  • Pre cut for 40 mm fan (optional)
  • Holes for cable clamps
  • Mounts in the yard using rebar stake or secure in trees due to small size


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DIY / Assembly Instructions


Assembly instructions for - DIY Fencepost Compact Case

Please read these instructions fully and carefully before beginning your assembly. A little bit of learning and planning can make the difference between a easy great assembly and a hard mistake prone assembly.

The following assembly instructions contain both design specific and general assembly instruction which may not be specific to your design.

1) Design Your Mounting Kit Hide

All of the JDeation designs are customizable using the JDeation Designer

View our detailed walkthrough video for instructions on how to use the JDeation Designer


2) Gather Required Hardware Hide

The following pieces of hardware are required for assembly of Mounting Plate.

Most parts are available at home depot - all are available online.

  • Qty: 12 - 4-40 Standoff
  • Qty: 12 - 4-40 K Lock Nut
  • Qty: 12 - 4-40 PCB Screw
  • Qty: 4 - M4 PS Screw
  • Qty: 10 - 4in ZipTie


The following parts are not associated with the Mounting Plate but are also needed for build:

  • 5" Square Vinyl fence post pipe - (Available at Home Depot)
  • 5" Vinyl Fence post cap - (Available at Home Depot) or (Thingiverse)
  • 3/4 inch PVC Pipe for ground stake

Our Kits Make it Easy

Kits include acrylic, hardware and power supply brackets. Cheaper than you can buy at big box stores.

* example image only
Buy Full Kit - $28

3) Fabricate Mounting Plates Hide

Our Kits Make it Easy

Kits include acrylic, hardware and power supply brackets. Cheaper than you can buy at big box stores.

* example image only
Buy Full Kit - $28

The following plate fabrication instructions serve are general documentation for all mounting plate designs.


Step 1:

Acquire material to make your plates. Plastic or wood are good choices. The bellow instructions use 5mm plywood which was purchased from a local home depot. The material you choose MUST be 5mm or less in thickness.


Step 2:

Print your design on your home paper printer to scale.

On your design, click the download button and select PDF (Print). You must open the PDF in Adobe Reader to get the advanced print functions. Do not open the PDF in your browser. From the Adobe Reader print dialog box, select the following options.


Image of design printed to scale:

Step 3:

Cut and Tape your designs together. Use the Adobe cross marks to align paper perfectly. It is important to spend time on this step and get alignment correct as a misaligned tape job will interfere with hole placements on layout.


Step 4:

Apply Gluestick to back of paper. We have had good success with repositionable glue sticks.



Step 5:

Apply paper design to wood. Line up two edges of design with two edges of wood if possible to reduce cutting.


Step 6:

Drill the black circles on the design. The following size drill bits are recommended. Also while not necessary it is recommended to use a brad point drill bit as it allows greater precision due to its sharp point on tip.

Screw Size Drill Size Typical uses
4/40 1/8" Component standoffs
#6 5/32" Self tapping screws for mounting to enclosure
#8 3/16" 3" and 4" Bolts for P.S. and Shelves
#10 7/32" 6" Bolts for P.S. and Shelves

NOTE: All Black lines on design are cut or drill lines. Red lines are just for helping create the design and for information useful to assembly.



Step 7:

Use a Jig Saw to cut out the straight black lines.



4) Video Assembly Instructions - DIY Fencepost Compact Enclosure