Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking for a new project may take inspiration from this awesome Raspberry Pi steampunk laptop which has been created by Instructables member phrazelle for his girlfriend’s birthday present.
Constructed from scratch the entire build process is now available via the Instructables website and provide details on how to make the steampunk outer wooden casing as well as wire of everything you need from keyboard to mini PC to create your very own in a similar style.
This was a really fun project. I wanted to make a unique backup computer for my girlfriend’s birthday and decided to run with a Raspberry Pi-based system because her main needs are internet and word processing. I’ve seen a lot of variations on Pi laptops, but I wanted to make something unique. Steampunk seemed the way to go and I’m glad I chose that direction!
I didn’t really spec this out when I started building. I knew I wanted a box, but didn’t know how I was going to approach it. I started with a mechanical keyboard with some typewriter-esque keys and built out a board for it. This went a few directions, and ultimately I wound up with a frankenstein keyboard tray. More on that later.
I routed out the section I needed for the keyboard to stick through, then put a dab of black paint on each empty key switch and pressed the keyboard into the routed out channel. I wanted an individual hole for each key to stick through, but they are all too close together and started breaking together. So I ended up taking the jigsaw to it and cutting what is there now.
Jump over to the Instructables website via the link below for more details and the full project.