GSM modem box

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Project by BOBAH posted 02-07-2016 12:35 AM 580 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my day job, I often have to carry GSM modem to have internet access on my laptop from virtually anywhere. After many years of use, the original package I was keeping it in started falling apart. I decided to build a box to store modem in it.

I enjoyed working with mahogany while working on salt cellar project, a lot, and picked it as a material for this project, too. The compartments for USB cable, modem and power adapter are carved with straight router bit, the cable cleat is glued to the lid.

I hoped to use rare earth magnets to hold the box closed (they are under maple inserts) – that was overly optimistic. I had to add proper draw/snap catch.

The top lid edges were eased with 1/2 inch round over bit and polished to 400 grit sand paper. Finish – two coats of Danish oil, two layers of wipe-on poly, wax. The insides of the box are lined with pressure sensitive felt for a tight fit.

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 02:08 AM

Have no idea what a GSM modem is, but you built a great looking box to house it!

I like mahogany and brass combo, as they really go well together. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of good use from this box, and enjoy seeing it every day!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 11:23 AM

GSM is Grit Sanded Mahogany and it looks PDG as well!!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 09:31 AM

Thank you. I like mahogany a lot (that was the main reason to build the box, the modem is just an excuse). And couldn’t imagine any other hardware finish to go with it.

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 10:41 PM

GSM is Groupe Special Mobile, i.e. cellular, but I agree with rob, looks great to me!

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