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Hello all,
I'm looking into building my own case for a special project, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to use a steel frame, but I don't know what alloy or type of steel to get, and how to cut the steel. What would be the best tool to cut the steel with and what type of steel should I use? So far I'm thinking an L shaped 1"X1" bar 1/4" thick for the frame. For the paneling, I was thinking aluminum, that I will put my own finish on, but how thick are side panels generally, is 1/8" good, or is that too thick or thin? One last question, does anybody know of reliable dealers of metals with great prices? (I have Home Depot and Lowes available). Thanks a ton!
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stick to aluminium due to weight, workability, availability and anti corrosiveness when compared to steel.

the only reason why you'd go thick on the sides is too eliminate flex. otherwise go thin as possible. consider a donor case for the MB tray etc and build around that.
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stick to aluminium due to weight, workability, availability and anti corrosiveness when compared to steel.

the only reason why you'd go thick on the sides is too eliminate flex. otherwise go thin as possible. consider a donor case for the MB tray etc and build around that.

I've figured out the basic layout, and it requires a custom motherboard tray, barely bigger than the m-itx motherboard to fit on it.So Aluminum will be strong enough for the frame? Where can I get it? Thanks! (Will 1/16 inch work for side panels?)
     
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I've figured out the basic layout, and it requires a custom motherboard tray, barely bigger than the m-itx motherboard to fit on it.So Aluminum will be strong enough for the frame? Where can I get it? Thanks! (Will 1/16 inch work for side panels?)

Yes Aluminum will be strong enough for a frame. 1/16" (.0625) will be great for side panels and your local home depot sells that thickness Aluminum. You can also check local metal recycling yards as prices will be better. As far as cutting Aluminum.. I use a jigsaw, sawzall and files. It is easy to work with, IMO anyways.
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Hello, I have bought some 0.040" thick anodized aluminum and I want to know if this is good enough for side panels as well.

It's hard to find aluminum sheets pre-anodized, thickest available that I could find is 0.0625".
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