DIY Raspberry Pi Chopping Board HomeLab

Raspberry Pi Chopping Board Lab

Here’s an odd solution I came up with to deal with the tangled mess that is my Raspberry Pi HomeLab – mounting it on a cheap kitchen chopping board.

There’s not a lot more to be said for it really – it’s a Raspberry Pi attached to a chopping board.

But why?

I noticed that the micro-HDMI connection to the Pi was getting wonky – every time I shifted things around force was applied to the tiny connector.  I wanted to mount the Pi and the HDMI adapter to something so that it couldn’t be yanked side-to-side.

While I was at it, I decided to just mount everything I usually have connected to my Raspberry Pi to a chopping board.

Holes were drilled and zip-ties were used to secure everything.

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Present are:

  • Raspberry Pi 4
  • External USB HDD
  • Mini OpenWRT Router
  • 5 Inch HDMI LCD (USB Powered)

The whole setup is now easy to unplug, pick up, and move.  The screen is good enough for terminal and light administration tasks.

I can prop it up on a desk and access the USB and GPIO ports for a bit of hardware hacking.

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If I just want it performing server duties I can hang it in the closet.

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Not the most elegant looking solution – but it cost a dollar, and it works.

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Brad Morton

I'm Brad, and I'm nearing 20 years of experience with Linux. I've worked in just about every IT role there is before taking the leap into software development. Currently, I'm building desktop and web-based solutions with NodeJS and PHP hosted on Linux infrastructure. Visit my blog or find me on Twitter to see what I'm up to.

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