After fruitlessly searching (thats a lie, I did eat a orange) for affordable low pressure gas lifts on Amazon and ebay and the general interwebs I went to the hardware store and invented my own system of making the lid pop open. Now I took Bill Owens advice from one of his early youtube videos and looked at Mcmaster Carr and if I didn't have a budget I would have gone with the ones they had. But at nearly 40 bucks plus shipping each they were just too much.
So like each modding session start with a clean work are...@%$ how did this happen?
My theory is a fat guy was piling junk on this table over the last week or so... Just a theory though.. XD
Ok, got some room made and spread all the parts out. Also Shoutout to Shadow_Foxx for selling the Rubber MNPCtech case feet to me. They look solid and should work great on this build. ( I'm going to have to breakdown and hit summit on the order I have had in the cart over there for a couple weeks)
Behind the scenes at the dentist.. JK I bought a new 5/16ths bit to drill the caps out.
Poor mans bench vice.. I almost hurt myself with this. I was holding the first cap in my hand and when the bit punched thro it yanked it out of my grip. Lucky for me the edge and not the tip of the bit hit my hand. i drilled the rest with this old off brand channel-locks pliers
To me this looks like a tiny lego head with a feather in it
Put a washer in the bottom
And a 5/16ths by 3/4 bolt
The washers nest down in there real well, And yes I did stand at the washer bin picking ones out that fit just right.
Add a second washer and a wingnut and we are done with the lower end cap. (Add a washer and a wingnut? sounds like a Kitchen improvement plan at Buffalo Wild Wings)
Add a 6 inch by 5/16ths bolt to the other end. (good thing I didn't say that at a robot factory with the lights turned down low)
Cut a piece of the 1/2 inch PVC pipe to length and sanded the inside to remove burrs
Finally after all the bad robot jokes and what not heres a couple pictures of what this is shaping up to be.
On the table...
Extended... (I didn't go there...)
Haha, It works... I love it when a crazy plan comes together. I also love it when I don't have to spend the grocery money on Gas Shocks... Its just right. Enough room for the DVD drive to pop out from the underside of the lid.
I will never be able to carry these on a plane.
After this I sanded down the caps and pipe. Tomorrow I will buy some plastic flat black paint. I also have to trade two of the springs in for slightly slimmer ones. I guess they vary from box to box. Two of them wouldn't slide in the pipe real well. My next thing is to take the case to work and tack weld the 5/16ths nuts to the lid in the right spots for the lifts. I also need to work out the latching.
Questions are welcome. Anyone have any good ideas on a latch? I'm thinking a brass trunk latch on each side right now.
Cheers, AlderEdited by AlderonnX - 6/6/12 at 4:07pm