Originally Posted by Wasupwitdat1
Nice job. You're lucky they got the bends right the first time. It's hard to bend panels in the right place and end up with the right fit. You went through more trouble getting it done than one really needs to though. I mean using angle still gives the case more than enough strength. But I like what you did. I guess now you're starting to see how much of the top drop in mount section and other areas will need to be cut away to leave room for the mother board tray to slide in and out. Are you going to cut away the area to expose the mother board's rear side? I flipped back and forth over that thought for a day or so but I left it a full panel. I thought there was really no need to remove that area because the design of the Case Labs mother board tray had a full cover too unless you remove that part. Leaving it a full panel helped when it came to wire management in the back. I had to give a lot of thought to the cable pass through holes too because it's not just this build but future builds that I may need to use those holes. I imagine there is a lot going on in your head right now so I'll leave you to it. Good job so far.
Lol, if there's any luck involved, it's that I marked the right place for the shop guy to bend.
I worked in a welding/machine job shop back in the '80's, so working with metal is not new to me. I'm just a little rusty in my old age.
Anyway I marked exactly where I wanted the sheet placed in the brake for bending.....I won't say the fit is jam up and jelly tight factory, because one side I marked off about 1/16", but it's pretty close for government work. I wanted to do the bends to make it a little more professional looking, not that there is anything wrong with using angle, it's just not the approach I wanted.
The rest will fall in place once I decide how I want to locate the motherboard/psu/etc. I still have to leave room in front for the short SD 3U flexbay mount holding my Aquaero's and decide whether/where to locate the DVD writer. Probably locating the psu is the harder part now, and I will take my time and figure it out.
You asked about cutting out the back where the motherboard tray will be? I won't be doing that I think, although I'm still debating how offset from the edge I want the mobo tray itself. I'm sure you know what I mean there....I actually thought about placing the whole side inset further toward the center, but that would have been complicated by the location of the vandal switches in the front.
Yesterday drilling and tapping all the holes and lining up the side panel was very time consuming....I hurt my back again and so I did most of it sitting in the living room with a vacuum cleaner close by to pick up the metal shavings instead of working in my shop with the drill press.