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So I wanted to share this with the water cooling peeps for those who don't browse the case mod area. I will be sure to update this thread at the same time I do the case mod one. They are just going to mirror each other so no need to sub to both if you choose to do so. thumb.gif

I wanted a tube style res for my Desk Mod. But the EK ones are everywhere and the T-Virus style ones are becoming more prevalent as well. So I went ahead and cooked up a design that goes along well with the design of my project as a whole.
Original sketchup designs. (Click to show)
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Top and bottom will be machined out of acetal. BitsPower fittings. Heat bent tubes.

Current Status... Testing





Here is a video demonstrating the flow using the Mayhem's dye that is going into the final build.



Improved design...

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Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 10/12/12 at 1:46pm
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Got to machining the acetal this afternoon. Now I don't own a cool ass mill or anything. Im doing all this with my woodshop, Table saw, Drill press and a plunge router. (This came back to bite me today. See last pic.) And some acquired skills from over the years.

Started with two 3/4"blocks.
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2.5x2.5" squares
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Template for the cavity.
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Threading one block, countersinking the other for the Cap screws that will hold the two halves together.
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Tapped G1/4" Holes for the tubes and the fill hole.
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So I got the machining done on the top section. Just need to chamfer the edges ans fine sand all the tooling marks off the surfaces.
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Had a setback when i went to do the cavity on the other half of the bottom... The damn router bit wasnt tightened down enough and it walked its way out. Straight through the whole block... mad.gif
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So I have to get another chunk of acetal... Gonna stop me for a couple days. I guess ill work on the tubes in the mean time. thumb.gif
Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 3/29/12 at 10:14am
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Moving on with what I can till my new acetal gets here...

Bent up the tubes!!!

FIRE!!!!!!!!!! FIRE!!!!!!!!! biggrin.gif

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The black is from running the tube through a sooty flame to temper the pyrex.
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The template im using to make sure they are bent the same way so the twisted design will work.
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I love the originality and the skill set some people on these forums have...

I need some skillz. biggrin.gif
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I too would like some skills. Where can i get some frown.gif
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Don't be afraid to try something. Find a buddy that has some tools and ask fir some lessons. What I'm doing is all self taught!!! thumb.gif
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I would need a good amount of extra cash seeing as I would mostly destroy a good deal while learning. biggrin.gif
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redface.gif Awesome.
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This looks awesome biggrin.gif
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I would need a good amount of extra cash seeing as I would mostly destroy a good deal while learning. biggrin.gif

HAHA, yeah you see I already ruined about a hour of work and lost 2 days in the process. Mistakes are part of the game. We all have them...
Speaking of which. Just got my new acetal... If time permits i hope to have some updated work up this evening. thumb.gif

And thanks bob and axi.
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