So, after looking around and not seeing any 20x4 LCD box's I liked, i decided to make my own.
I had a few resources i could use, so I designed up a stand in CAD, and then used a CNC laser cutter to cut the design out of 0.080" Aluminum.
So from my CAD model I got this
And then I bent it up into this
My first trial, and i found some things I'd like to modify. Need to add a mounting location and screws for my RTC. Also want to add a few more 1/2" holes for bulkhead connectors for my wires. The one wire you see is for my long temp probe to go into the tank. Need another for my IR wires. Plus future expension
Once i get the layout right, i'll solder up the wires and power it up.
I also have to think about how to mount the arduino on it.
So while i might need help with coding....I'm an ME so this sort of mechanical design is up my alley