Custom tablet enclosure part 2

If you remember, the “back” of the tablet enclosure I bought became the piece I used for the front of my enclosure. It had a groove in it in the shape of a square. Most of it was cut out when making the hole for the tablet screen to sit in. There was a part of the groove that was visible on the part of the enclosure that was under the tablet screen. I filled that groove with the epoxy putty that is such a PIA to sand sand and paint. Here are several pictures of the enclosure front going through various stages of completion.

In this video of a power test you can see that I had already applied primer and paint. I have since gotten rid of most of of the putty bumps.

firstplaceThis is a shot of the custom tablet enclosure in place. After looking at this and thinking about how I wanted to attach the tablet enclosure to the dash/bezel I came to the conclusion that I would need some screws in place to do it. By this point I knew for sure that I wasn’t going to use a bunch of epoxy putty to fasten it to the bezel because, you know, sanding.

I decided to build some “ears” onto the top of the factory bezel. These ears would have threaded holes that I could put screws into from the back of the tablet enclosure to hold it in place and from now on would be called mounting brackets. The way I made the mounting brackets was to drill a hole into the top of the bezel, one in each spot a mounting bracket was going to be, gand screw up from the bottom a wood screw into each hole. I then got some hammer-in nuts and with the epoxy putty I love using, but not sanding, secured them in place. Confused? Well it’s almost 2 am. Just look at the pictures;

After getting the tablet fit into the front part of the shell that I made and making sure all the buttons worked it was time to flip it over and take a look at the back.

I could not find a “low profile” micro USB cable. I guess when things are already called micro they don’t make smaller versions of them. The only way to make this thing fit was going to be to trim it down my self.

After trimming the hell out of the USB cable and epoxying it into place (I love my compound epoxy btw) I needed to test to make sure it was still working.

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