a thing we are constantly weighing is whether to build components from scratch or buy off the shelf. before deciding to build our own enclosure, we listed the components that needed to fit inside the box and went to the container store to find something that would work off the shelf.
we found a few shapes we liked:
but nothing that was the right size. we discussed getting two of the index card boxes and attaching them. for the work it would’ve required, though, we thought it would just make more sense to build something to the right dimensions.
in the end, we found a box on the junk shelf that was half of what we needed. i went to home depot to get the remaining materials we’d need to build the top half:
the remaining element was a piece of super thin birch wood to replicate the curve we liked from the container store’s wine bottle enclosure. we weren’t sure how laser cutting this material would go, so dhruv tested some buttons and vent designs:
we are experimenting with a tape sealant on the back to keep the scent from being absorbed by the wood when it leaves the dispenser.