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Looks very nice. I've been making a media center myself out of acrylic. I am a CNC machinist so I have access to a large Laser & Router. I have been making all of my designs on AutoCAD and I am almost ready to cut. I was going to make my case out of Clear Acrylic but after seeing how nice Acrylic can be painted, I may paint it.
What grit sandpaper do you use? Also, what type of paint are you using?

Nice, you should do a build thread on it, I'm interested in seeing it.

Most of the time I just use the rough side of a kitchen sponge, like this:



But I had to use filler in a few places, then I use something like a grid 200 with water.

For paint I just use a cheap flat black can of spray paint, flat black is always very easy to work with. It only deposits a very thin layer.

I wish I had a laser cutter, I was thinking about building one, but decided against it, IMO it's a bit too dangerous to DIY with the high voltages and high powered laser.

And welcome to OCN smile.gif
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Thanks. Yea running a laser really is pretty dangerous. Not just the power but also the the chance of going blind from not properly operating it. I'm building two cnc machines myself right now. First a laser, then a router. Not sure if you ever plan on making another media center case but if you do, you should look at picoPSU. Will make your case smaller and quieter.
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Thanks. Yea running a laser really is pretty dangerous. Not just the power but also the the chance of going blind from not properly operating it. I'm building two cnc machines myself right now. First a laser, then a router. Not sure if you ever plan on making another media center case but if you do, you should look at picoPSU. Will make your case smaller and quieter.

One of my friends lost some eye sight from just one of those tiny "toy" lasers in the mW range, I can imagine a 50-100W laser makes you instantly blind from just a reflection.

Any work logs anywhere from your CNC laser and router builds? I have been planing an upgrade of mine for a long time, I got some proper lead screws and I want to make it more sturdy in aluminium.

Yeah, when the time comes to build a new media center I will use smaller components, micro ITX board, tiny psu and a slim bluray. This project was mostly about re-using the parts I already had and get them into a smaller and nicer looking box smile.gif
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The laser I work with is an C02 80watt tube. We built a non transparent enclosure around it and use other stuff to block as much as we can from view. I don't have any case logs but I was surprised when I saw this machine being built. It's basically the same design I am working on in AutoCAD & Solidworks. All the of linear rails will the the same as the one that sits on of the top of the Y-axis. The X-axis rails however will sit up right, not sideways like in the picture. I'm gonna add cable carriers to the X & Y axis since with a laser, you get a lot more cables floating around. Unfortunately I won't be able to finish it until sometime in the summer when I move but I'm still very excited.
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jvjessen, where'd you go?!
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jvjessen, where'd you go?!

Back now smile.gif .. had to take a break to do boring things like focus on work to make money biggrin.gif

Also I made the classic mistake of hooking up the nearly finished build in my living room and it's been doing it's duty as media center ever since. I do promise I will complete it fairly soon biggrin.gif
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You my friend are very talented!!! I can not wait to see more from you. You certainly have my vote for mod of the year, your threads just make me want to go out and build something. I wish I had half of your talent / skills!! I think if I had I would quilt my job and and just make stuff and sell it like an artist. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifthumb.gif
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You my friend are very talented!!! I can not wait to see more from you. You certainly have my vote for mod of the year, your threads just make me want to go out and build something. I wish I had half of your talent / skills!! I think if I had I would quilt my job and and just make stuff and sell it like an artist. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifthumb.gif

Thanks man biggrin.gif ..

I can only recommend getting starting on building something, it's a really nice way to get rid of stress and very satisfying. Not sure it's something to make a living out of though biggrin.gif ..

Reminds me I should post some final pictures from this build, I actually finished it with some nice green back light on the front, window and everything.
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