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post #51 of 120
Before you go cutting into the front panel I have an idea for that slot drive. A very dangerous but quiet ingenious idea if you ask me.

Find where your slot is going to be plunge cut it with a circular or some thing similar. Then take some small files or sand paper and go to town removing what is left. You could go both from both sides if you don't want to have to file and chip out a lot of whats left. Then if you have access to a mill you could hollow out the back side of the front panel so the dvd is recessed in the front panel when it is on.


My terrible paint sketch. This would be looking down the length of the front panel from the top of the DVD drive.
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Again I stress dangerous and I assume you know that. But be careful and don't cut off a finger or hand.
post #52 of 120
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Thanks for the suggestion, that would have solved a few of my problems... but it's too late, I already did it. I like how it looks though, and it's less hardware-specific (something I've been aiming for with this whole project), so no regrets biggrin.gif

Here's a terrible pic of the front with the DVD and USB ports in place... That reminds me, hunting down a real camera now.
post #53 of 120
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Update - Front Part 2, Top, Sides Part 2


With a new camera!


Condensing about two hours of boring, tedious, nerve-wracking work into two pictures, I cut out the openings in the front panel for the DVD drive, power, reset, and USB, and fit everything into it:

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That finished up the front panel, so it was time for some glue and clamps.

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Next, I did a little drawing for the radiator cutout... It's based on the hole layout, and makes sure that each hole is never closer than 1/2 inch from the edge of the wood. This blocked a little of the radiator surface, but not much more than the fan-based cover that's already on it. Note all the construction lines... This took a while.

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Rough cut: (not too bad!)

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And a little test fit, first on the radiator:

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Then on the case... Doesn't fit quite right, but close enough to force it.

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It cleaned up nicely with a bit of sanding.

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Glued and clamped. You can see one of my mistakes here: I didn't clamp the edge between the front and top well enough... I should have used the long bar clamps to pull it down. There's a small gap as a result of this, which I'll have to deal with later.

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A few hours later, it was done.

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Next, I got to work on the side panels, which I shiplapped a few days ago. I sanded down the joint between them, and it almost disappears... When it's stained, the joint won't be noticeable.

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I got tired of sanding by hand, so I broke out the orbital sander... The only problem was that the dust bag was missing. Not a problem, I made one out of an old T-shirt, some duct tape, and twine.

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I cut both panels to size, and attempted to test fit them.

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There's a bit of a problem in that I planed the panels to 1/2 inch, and cut a 1/2 inch channel for them to slide down. I could force it with a rubber mallet, but they'd never come out again. So I'll either need to make the entire panels thinner (tons of sanding), or taper the edges (somewhat less sanding, but still a lot). That's what's on the plate for tomorrow, and after that, cutting out the air intake on the right side.
post #54 of 120
this is awesome, an integrated fan shroud XD good luck with this.
post #55 of 120
Thread Starter 
Actually the fans are on the other side of the radiator, with no shroud frown.gif There's no room for it... Although this is normal sized on the outside, the sides are 1/2 inch thick, and another 1/2 in most places for the frame, making the inside very cramped.
post #56 of 120
hmm. then why not drill some wood (like half of thikness over the radiator) and bring some space inside for shroud? or it will greatly lower the strength of material?
post #57 of 120
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Does a shroud really increase performance by that much? I thought it was something done on the more extreme end of things to get that last half a degree. I don't really care about temps, and my specs are pretty mundane... I'm just looking for quiet. I do have about 3/4 inch of space below the fans right now, so a 1/2 inch shroud could work.
post #58 of 120
shrouds does help noticeably. they are helping to use all surface of radiator. the unused is usually covered by fan motor (blind spot)
post #59 of 120
It takes true skill to work with wood. (Please don't lol at that because I did..) Seriously though, love the design. Def Subbed.
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