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PS: Build log to soon follow if the frame goes together nicely
Impatiently waiting.............................. biggrin.gif
    
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Impatiently waiting.............................. biggrin.gif
haha I am too! I wish I could just work on this thing all day every day. Stupid job lol I'll be doing more test fitting tonight so hopefully I can get a log started within the next few days. The only thing I won't be making myself is the side panels. Those will be ordered from and made by from DWood. But those probably won't get ordered until I get my tax refund check. I could make them myself, but after seeing his quality work on the front panel for Hanoverfist's "Electric Orange" build, I decided on just having DWood make them
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Nice thumb.gif mark me jealous. I wish I had access to an actual machine shop, I have ideas floating around in my head that need to come to life. I was able to find a guy, a few doors down from my in laws house with a CNC machine. My wife is finding it suspicious I am asking when we can go see her parents again.
I wish I had access to a CNC machine. I'd definitely make my side panels then. Along with probably everything else going on this case, including motherboard tray and drive bays
Edited by morencyam - 1/15/13 at 12:37pm
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Sorry for the double post, but did you have any trouble painting the aluminum? I've been reading that it can be somewhat difficult if not done properly
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Sorry for the double post, but did you have any trouble painting the aluminum? I've been reading that it can be somewhat difficult if not done properly
I didn't have any problems but I have painted aluminum before. All I usually use is a 3M scratch pad to scuff up all the flat surfaces then sand it with 300 grit sand paper, just to knock down any rough areas. I use Krylon dual paint and primer and have had no issues, I paint it the same way as everything else, do a real light coat (barely any paint) let it dry for 25-30 minutes then re-coat every 25-30 minutes until it's to my liking.
    
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Wow, that's a great case made from scratch, props to you man!
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Wow, that's a great case made from scratch, props to you man!
Thank you very much!
    
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I didn't have any problems but I have painted aluminum before. All I usually use is a 3M scratch pad to scuff up all the flat surfaces then sand it with 300 grit sand paper, just to knock down any rough areas. I use Krylon dual paint and primer and have had no issues, I paint it the same way as everything else, do a real light coat (barely any paint) let it dry for 25-30 minutes then re-coat every 25-30 minutes until it's to my liking.
This will really be the first time I'll be painting aluminum where quality and aesthetics are main priority. I've been reading up in it and was going to start off with 400 grit. I'm doing some practice runs tonight
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Wow, that's a great case made from scratch, props to you man!

i agree with this guy. I am still amazed thats its a scratch build. looks like something i would see on the shelf at Fry's or microcenter. great job.

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i agree with this guy. I am still amazed thats its a scratch build. looks like something i would see on the shelf at Fry's or microcenter. great job.

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Thanks, I am very happy with how it turned out as well. And on a side note, the new fan and back plate came in last night should have them in tonight and final pictures tomorrow!
    
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Dude, MAD RESPECT! This is absolutely fantastic!

I have been toying with the idea of making a custom case and/or custom test-bench, and you just inspired me to actually do so!
   
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