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Originally Posted by joostflux View Post

Looking awesome man!

I have a quick question for you and it may sound stupid but I am gonna ask it anyway. I have always wondered how people make custom mobo trays. I understand the cutting of the piece to actually hold the motherboard but how do you make sure that the holes line up? I may just be over thinking things but I was curious what you used as I am going to be trying this pretty soon on one of my mods.

Thanx, I just used the mobo tray that came with my XB to make sure the holes lined up. Probly spent like a cpl hours all together dbl/triple/etc checking that all the holes were correctly spaced for the standoffs. And the top-left one was still a little off, if you look close you'll see 2 holes there :o

 

 I used 1/4" thick acrylic. 

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Isn't blocking and tubing up the motherboard the most fun part of a build biggrin.gif

Very impressed by the amount of work going on in this build thumb.gif

 

Blocking and Tubing is by definitely the most rewarding part. Don't know why, but it took me over a week of just staring at my mobo to finally come up with that arrangement :p

 

Thanx bro =)

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So i was planning on getting my rig booted up by now. But i've had all this acrylic just sitting around for a while now and i've kinda been itching to at least try to do something with it. So since i'm focusing on my mobo right now, i made my acrylic mobo tray i've been planning on. 

I cut a panel out of 24x24" Translucent Red just about the size of the mobo since when this all eventually comes back together, space is gonna be precious. Then i just tapped the 6-32 threads into the acrylic for the standoffs. The plan is to have a White Acrylic midplate with a little slot routed out of it that my mobo tray will slide in and out of. For anybody that remembers me talking about a CL style removeable mobo tray, that's my current plans for how i'm gonna pull it off. Not sure if there's any flaws in that plan yet, but i have backup plans too =)

I'm also thinking of making an acrylic back panel for the mobo tray so i can have something to secure my 290x's to, also some feet for it. That way i can feel secure that my rigs running safely while i'm workin on the rest of my mods. I've been up for 2 days learning how to use my Dremel Trio and sanding and polishing this mobo tray, so i need to get some sleep. I'll decide what to do next after i wake up with a clear head axesmiley.png

Edit: That MNPCTech Ruler isn't in that picture for any other reason except it's just my favorite damn tool. When i'm in my apartment, that thing's always within arms reach. The screw thread checkers are especially useful for anybody that doesn't already have one.































Anyway, i know the mobo tray isn't exactly flawless. But i'm planning alot of acrylic mods, and it seemed like a good time to try one out. I'm sure i'll get better with practice redface.gif
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Playing with acrylic myself at the moment

" So good man I love that you found some time to continue So we can all enjoy this build"

 

Up until this point, my entire experience with acrylic modding was making the top window for my XB. Then at some point i just decided i'm gonna rework my whole chassis out of acrylic LOLLLL. So i got my work cut out for me but i'm up for the challenge. I really got into this build so i could learn, so it works out.

 

Even when i'm not posting progress, i'm usually planning in my head. Sometimes things take me a while to figure out which way i wanna go. I stopped making clear plans for this build a while ago cuz i kept changing my mind, now i just kinda figure it out as i go along.

 

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Big things come from small beginnings. All the cuts except for the top part are quite good. Doesn't really matter though since that part won't be visible from the outside. Keept it up!
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@joostflux: I know you're asking kpoeticg, but I hope this helps somehow:


Source: [ Page 12 ]

 

 

Thanx bro. I made the cuts from a 24x24" panel, and i started with my Dremel Moto/Scroll Saw, but the panel was too big for it. So i ended up making like half the cuts with the Moto-Saw and half with my jigsaw. I spent alot of time trying to sand it so it was square, but like you said, that part isn't really gonna be noticeable. Acrylic modding is pretty new to me, so i'm granting myself a learning curve :D 

 

Edit: @joostflux, another thing i did to make sure the holes lined up was i drilled and tapped the holes one by one. Meaning i'd drill and tap one hole, put the XB "Template" Mobo Tray over it, recheck all the hole marks, and do another hole. It took a long time to do it like that. In retrospect, it woulda probly saved me a good 3-5 hours if i just found a template online and printed it :p

Like i said, learning curve...


Edited by kpoeticg - 4/12/14 at 3:21pm
    
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Lovin the Acrylic! thumb.gif
post #2013 of 3109
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Thanx brotha. I plan on doing alot of acrylic mods with this build, just don't exactly have any of them "planned" yet :p

 

I ordered enough Acrylic + Supplies and enough Aluminum Angle + U-Channel to make an entire chassis out of each. Plus i really want this to remain a modded HAF XB at it's heart. So I've been having a hell of a time creating a game plan =\

    
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Thanx brotha. I plan on doing alot of acrylic mods with this build, just don't exactly have any of them "planned" yet tongue.gif

I ordered enough Acrylic + Supplies and enough Aluminum Angle + U-Channel to make an entire chassis out of each. Plus i really want this to remain a modded HAF XB at it's heart. So I've been having a hell of a time creating a game plan =\

well hit me up on a PM with what your vision of the build is and I will shoot you some working ideas, I have been making Acrylic stuff for years, my Acrylic/Plexi motherboard covers and back plates are famous! biggrin.gif
post #2015 of 3109
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Lol i already know you're a beast. I'm subbed to every build log you have on here :D

 

I definitely appreciate the offer. As of right now, i'm just putting together a bench setup so i can run my rig while i'm planning & modding my actual build. 

 

Right now i'm trying to decide if and how much i should make my HAF XB larger, and on what axis. Also need to decide exactly how much of the HAF XB i'm gonna actually replace with acrylic. 

 

I'm toying with the idea of scratch building the entire chassis, and just keeping the front panel (with some alterations done to it), so it's still recognizable as an XB. 

 

I'll definitely hit you up when i have my thoughts gathered just a little more. I also wanna wanna add some edge-lit acrylic to my Aquacomputer 290x Backplates, which it sounds like is something you can help me with also. :wheee: 


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@kpoeticg Just in case you missed it, my build is pretty much done. biggrin.gif
post #2017 of 3109
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Big things come from small beginnings. All the cuts except for the top part are quite good. Doesn't really matter though since that part won't be visible from the outside. Keept it up!

@joostflux: I know you're asking kpoeticg, but I hope this helps somehow:
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Originally Posted by kpoeticg View Post

Thanx, I just used the mobo tray that came with my XB to make sure the holes lined up. Probly spent like a cpl hours all together dbl/triple/etc checking that all the holes were correctly spaced for the standoffs. And the top-left one was still a little off, if you look close you'll see 2 holes there redface.gif

 I used 1/4" thick acrylic. 
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Blocking and Tubing is by definitely the most rewarding part. Don't know why, but it took me over a week of just staring at my mobo to finally come up with that arrangement tongue.gif

Thanx bro =)

Up until this point, my entire experience with acrylic modding was making the top window for my XB. Then at some point i just decided i'm gonna rework my whole chassis out of acrylic LOLLLL. So i got my work cut out for me but i'm up for the challenge. I really got into this build so i could learn, so it works out.

Even when i'm not posting progress, i'm usually planning in my head. Sometimes things take me a while to figure out which way i wanna go. I stopped making clear plans for this build a while ago cuz i kept changing my mind, now i just kinda figure it out as i go along.


Thanx bro. I made the cuts from a 24x24" panel, and i started with my Dremel Moto/Scroll Saw, but the panel was too big for it. So i ended up making like half the cuts with the Moto-Saw and half with my jigsaw. I spent alot of time trying to sand it so it was square, but like you said, that part isn't really gonna be noticeable. Acrylic modding is pretty new to me, so i'm granting myself a learning curve biggrin.gif  

Edit: @joostflux
, another thing i did to make sure the holes lined up was i drilled and tapped the holes one by one. Meaning i'd drill and tap one hole, put the XB "Template" Mobo Tray over it, recheck all the hole marks, and do another hole. It took a long time to do it like that. In retrospect, it woulda probly saved me a good 3-5 hours if i just found a template online and printed it tongue.gif
Like i said, learning curve...

Thanks and +Rep to both of ya thumb.gif

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Lol i already know you're a beast. I'm subbed to every build log you have on here biggrin.gif

I definitely appreciate the offer. As of right now, i'm just putting together a bench setup so i can run my rig while i'm planning & modding my actual build. 

Right now i'm trying to decide if and how much i should make my HAF XB larger, and on what axis. Also need to decide exactly how much of the HAF XB i'm gonna actually replace with acrylic. 

I'm toying with the idea of scratch building the entire chassis, and just keeping the front panel (with some alterations done to it), so it's still recognizable as an XB. 

I'll definitely hit you up when i have my thoughts gathered just a little more. I also wanna wanna add some edge-lit acrylic to my Aquacomputer 290x Backplates, which it sounds like is something you can help me with also. wheee.gif  

Sounds good! thumb.gif And thanks! If you decide to do a scratch build you need to pick up some nice L brackets, and T brackets. The bolts that are best to use with acrylic are the Metric Hex Head bolts, they look great and they have enough flange to hold the acrylic without cracking it smile.gif I can ship you some if you cant find any good ones! thumb.gif

Same ones I used on the RAD of this build:
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Thanx. I already have a bunch of L Brackets and some U Channel. I didn't even know about T Brackets when i bought all my aluminum angle. Then like a week later i start noticing a bunch of build logs with the extruded T bars, oh well. The T bars look convenient as hell for doing scratch builds though. I really like how everything can bolt into it

 

I actually finished my little test bench tonight/this morning. No pics yet cuz i'm exhausted. I just cut a sheet of 1/4" white acrylic a little larger than the mobo tray, cut a 1/2" extruded acrylic bar into 4x100mm pieces, and used em as support beams between the bottom panel and the mobo tray. Crazy how such a simple thing can take me so many hours. I didn't even go into too much detail sanding and routing the edges and all that since it's just a temporary test bench. I may get into more detail with it later. At least that's out of the way now.

 

Actually i still wanna connect the IO Panel/PCI Slots to it. That was the main reason for me wanting to raise the motherboard. I think i can just use some more of the 1/2" bar to get it connected though. Don't want my 290x's doing the Gangsta Lean :p

 

I have tons of metric screws from McMaster, along with a bunch of 6-32 and M3 Press Fit Expansion Inserts. I used the inserts to connect the 2 panels to the acrylic support beams to make it more secure.

    
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I have tons of metric screws from McMaster, along with a bunch of 6-32 and M3 Press Fit Expansion Inserts. I used the inserts to connect the 2 panels to the acrylic support beams to make it more secure.

That sounds cool do you have any pics of those press fit inserts? May have to buy some lol tongue.gif
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