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Is it possible to tap 1/8 cast acrylic tubing for G1/4" BSPP fittings? I guess to make it flat for the fitting mating to be waterproof with an o-ring, I'd just bore it down a bit with a wood spade with the edges filed down: http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y167/voigts/CustomWoodCaseIV/07Jun09/resDrillBits.jpg

Or do I need to use 1/4 acrylic? Thanks. On ebay there's some 1/8 2.5OD tubing that's half the price of getting any 2-3" acrylic tubing anywhere else.
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The threads in 1/8" (3.17mm) flat acrylic would be very weak to trust being able to screw a fitting into and now have it leak, but if you are talking about using a spade bit with the points filed off to be able to create a flat spot in the side radius of a 2" - 3" round tube that you would then be trying to drill and tap threads into, you would be making the thread depth so much thinner to the point I'll say it would never work not in a hundred tries.

G1/4 threads have 19 threads per inch.

In a flat 1/8" material that's only two threads (a little more than one turn) for a fitting to hold onto. Any thinner than that and you're only talking one thread, which wouldn't hold a fitting at all. It would wiggle around and almost definitely strip the fragile acrylic thread(s) out when trying to tighten a fitting enough to not have a leak.
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Dang, thanks, I'll go for 1/4.

I'm still not sure if ill make or buy, the price is the same (little less with making). I really just need like 280-390mm, all the res' seem just barely above or below tube lengths (enough to fit in mid-atx, large enough to go below my full length psu shroud and still be above cpu block)
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This is off topic but damn dude but your watercooling rig looks badass!
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I doubt you'll get a decent finish using a spade bit without cracking the acrylic. A fine tooth table, circular or band saw would work better. You'll have to sand and then flame polish it to get a desirable finish unless you're going for a frosted look.

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ah, ill check out that alphacool, thanks! I wish it had side fittings (maybe theres a multiport top/bottom for it?), maybe another laphacool does, thanks. Worst case ill just get some 90*s.

I would use a wood spade bit to make it flat for the fitting to attach to the side of the cylinder. If I just drill+tap the res on the cylinder, the rounded edge wouldnt allow for a fitting to sit tight on. Theres a bit-tech guide on how to make a custom res, but what he did was tap it, then drilled into it just a little with a wood spade bit with the edges filed down (check the pic in the op).

That way you can fit a water tight fitting to a cylinder's non-flat surface.

for cutting, i have a 180t irwin atg blade. not perfect but good enough (heck ive had a general purpose atg 24t do just fine for cutting 1/8 cast). I'll definitely sand the edges as necessary but i dont think any cutting will be necessary if i can buy the 2.5in disks and tube from delives for around $50 total.

cant you get a clear finish with just sanding if you to a high enough grit, or do you need to flame polish? As i understand, the higher you sand the better the flame.
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It's going to be pretty time consuming to get a clear finish with just sand paper. Flame polishing is pretty easy and you really only have to remove any deep gouges/scratches with sand paper. You're right though, you will get a better finish by working your way to higher grit paper. I made this (kinda how-to) video a while ago showing how to do it with a propane torch - 

 


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This is off topic but damn dude but your watercooling rig looks badass!
That was my old build, but thanks. A new one is in the works. Scratch built desk with a horizontal case incorporated beneath a sheet of glass that will act as the desk top
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The alphacool 340mm fuzion, can you remove that goofy inner tube? I'm using a mayhem pastel so that inner tube is a waste.

I see there's no anti-cyclone, but i'm using an extremely weak pump so that won't be an issue.
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Intel X25-M 80GB SSD NH-D14 SE2011 Noctua 120/140/140 Fans 3 x Yate Loon Mediums (Petras) 2 x NZXT Havik 140mm Fans 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Hax'd W7 Ultimate 64-bit Sanyo DP19640 19'' KDS Radius Rad-7xp 17'' Ducky 1087 MX Brown 10keyless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Rosewill Capstone 550w Modular NZXT Source 210 w/Modded Window Razer Deathadder 3.5G Steelseries Blizzcon D3 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Phillips FW-C250 2 Speaker Set w/3 CD Changer JBL Sub 6 Subwoofer NZXT Sleeved LED Strip 1m Blue NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller 
Other
Colonial Blue Paracord Sleeving 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom ii X4 955C2, $31, 5 broken pins, works! ... Biostar A770e3 6.3 Red&Black MSI GTX 460 768mb Twin Frozr II 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX 1333 OC to 1348CL7@1.65v 
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Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD NH-D14 SE2011 6 x Case Fans (4 x YL-M, NZXT case fan, CM Hype... Jerryrigged Chipset-Northbridge 80mm HSF 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Jerryrigged VRM Heatsink (sawed off stock AM2 h... Hax'd W7 Ultimate 64bit Sanyo DP19640 19"1360x768 Ducky Cherry Browns 10keyless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Earthwatts 430D NZXT Gamma Steelseries Kinzu Optical Steelseries Blizzcon Diablo 3 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Haswell i7-4770K 4.8GHz@1.452v/1.97vRIN Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Older Gigabyte 7950 (H60 Mod) 2x4GB Gskill 2400CL11 Hynix CFRs 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128gb Corsair H110 w/4x 140mm Yate Loon High Blues W7 x64 Ultimate Yarrgh Matey Dell U2312HM Matte IPS 1080p 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Sanyo DP19640 18.5" 768p KDS Rad-7xp 1024p CM Storm Quickfire Rapids Brown Rosewill Capstone 750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfenix Shinobi Modded CM Storm Spawn Steelseries Diablo 3 2 set CD Speaker + Big Sub 
Other
Bitfenix Recon Fan Controller Moded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Delidded i7-3770K 5GHz@1.499 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H 1.1 Sapphire Dual-X 7950 3L Boost 4x2GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2200mhz 8/11/8/27 1.75v... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD NH-D14 SE2011 Noctua 120/140/140 Fans 3 x Yate Loon Mediums (Petras) 2 x NZXT Havik 140mm Fans 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Hax'd W7 Ultimate 64-bit Sanyo DP19640 19'' KDS Radius Rad-7xp 17'' Ducky 1087 MX Brown 10keyless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Rosewill Capstone 550w Modular NZXT Source 210 w/Modded Window Razer Deathadder 3.5G Steelseries Blizzcon D3 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Phillips FW-C250 2 Speaker Set w/3 CD Changer JBL Sub 6 Subwoofer NZXT Sleeved LED Strip 1m Blue NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller 
Other
Colonial Blue Paracord Sleeving 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom ii X4 955C2, $31, 5 broken pins, works! ... Biostar A770e3 6.3 Red&Black MSI GTX 460 768mb Twin Frozr II 2 x 2GB Kingston HyperX 1333 OC to 1348CL7@1.65v 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD NH-D14 SE2011 6 x Case Fans (4 x YL-M, NZXT case fan, CM Hype... Jerryrigged Chipset-Northbridge 80mm HSF 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Jerryrigged VRM Heatsink (sawed off stock AM2 h... Hax'd W7 Ultimate 64bit Sanyo DP19640 19"1360x768 Ducky Cherry Browns 10keyless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Earthwatts 430D NZXT Gamma Steelseries Kinzu Optical Steelseries Blizzcon Diablo 3 
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