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Here's the delio, I'm looking to build a custom case myself. The problem is... Where can I get the stuff? The case will be dependant on what materials I can find for how much and where? I've done a little bit of searching and asking around with buddies and came up with a little list of where you can buy stuff. Main problem I'm having is where to buy the Raw Materials. i.e. Acrylics Panels, Plastic Panels, Aluminum Planels, etc. Also what kinda a tools will I need? I have access to just about any tool I need (Uncles a tool junkie, Dad has alot, Godfather is a tool company rep) Hopefully I can come up list a list of what I need and also help some other people out on where to start and how.

SUMMARY: What should I buy, where should I get it, and how do I do it?

Tools
* Drill (1/2" if possible)
* 18V Cordless Drill
* 18V Circle Saw (AC is okay, but heavier) w/ 80+ teeth/inch
* Full drill bit set, including taps and punches
* Acrylic drill set
* Dremel w/ circle cutting/sideways attachment
* Grinding/Sanding attachments for Dremel
* Rivit gun
* Voltage meter
* Clamps (varying sizes)
* Levels (doubles as jigs)
* Right Angle (small and large)
* Soldering iron (butane torch is great too - better in some instances)
* Table saw (long/thick cuts or bevels)
* Drill press
* Basic PC tool kit.
* Good lighting
* Lung/Eye protection

Raw Materials
TAP Plastics - Acrylic/Plastics

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How much is your budget? Because metal now is pricey. Unless it's a small case, expect to pay $40+ for the metal alone. And if you don't have the tools to fabricate it, tack on about another $30 to have someone bend, weld or cut it for you.
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Well, honesty have no real budget set. I'm guessing I'm willing to spend $250 bucks. I'll probably end up willing spending up to $500. Also I have access to a torch to well, a press to bend (if I need it lol), and plenty of power tools to cut. Anywhere where I can get materials just splurt it out. Any info no matter how much $ it costs would be appreciated.
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ok buy a dremel and some sheet metal....
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Well, honesty have no real budget set. I'm guessing I'm willing to spend $250 bucks. I'll probably end up willing spending up to $500. Also I have access to a torch to well, a press to bend (if I need it lol), and plenty of power tools to cut. Anywhere where I can get materials just splurt it out. Any info no matter how much $ it costs would be appreciated.
Try http://www.onlinemetals.com.

The problem with small jobs is finding jobber sizes of metal. Most fabricators sell to industry and at wholesale quantities. Then those that do sell, sell it at a frightful cost.

Have you decided on what metal to use yet? Gauge? Finish? Because that'll need to be decided first. For steel don't go smaller than 1mm/18g, as it'll bend (because most steel sold is mild steel). Stainless you can get by with 1mm, as it's strong as hell. Aluminum, 2mm is a MUST! It's very soft and 1mm is what folks see in cheap cases.

Be warned if you wish to use stainless though -- it's a beast to work with. You can weld it, but it's the deburring/sanding/finishing that'll wear you and your tools down (and don't use tools you use for cutting and working with steel with it, as it'll cause it to corrode...yes, rust. Use clean cutting wheels; files; rasps and sandpaper). This is why you don't see many stainless cases because it takes too much time and effort to build.
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Hiya!

Tools:
  • Drill (1/2" if possible)
  • 18V Cordless Drill
  • 18V Circle Saw (AC is okay, but heavier) w/ 80+ teeth/inch
  • Full drill bit set, including taps and punches
  • Acrylic drill set
  • Dremel w/ circle cutting/sideways attachment
  • Grinding/Sanding attachments for Dremel
  • Rivit gun
  • Voltage meter
  • Clamps (varying sizes)
  • Levels (doubles as jigs)
  • Right Angle (small and large)
  • Soldering iron (butane torch is great too - better in some instances)
  • Table saw (long/thick cuts or bevels)
  • Drill press
  • Basic PC tool kit.
  • Good lighting
  • Lung/Eye protection

Since you have access to most tools, I did a wish list.

With those you should be able to build most any case within reason (welding).

Check out TAP Plastics, look for something similar in your area. Acrylic is fun to work with, but it shows every error.

Good luck
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Try http://www.onlinemetals.com.

The problem with small jobs is finding jobber sizes of metal. Most fabricators sell to industry and at wholesale quantities. Then those that do sell, sell it at a frightful cost.

Have you decided on what metal to use yet? Gauge? Finish? Because that'll need to be decided first. For steel don't go smaller than 1mm/18g, as it'll bend (because most steel sold is mild steel). Stainless you can get by with 1mm, as it's strong as hell. Aluminum, 2mm is a MUST! It's very soft and 1mm is what folks see in cheap cases.

Be warned if you wish to use stainless though -- it's a beast to work with. You can weld it, but it's the deburring/sanding/finishing that'll wear you and your tools down (and don't use tools you use for cutting and working with steel with it, as it'll cause it to corrode...yes, rust. Use clean cutting wheels; files; rasps and sandpaper). This is why you don't see many stainless cases because it takes too much time and effort to build.
Well right now I am just getting the logistics down. Find out which material would be the most feasible and not insanely expensive. After I get that down I will draw up the final plans. Already have an idea of what I am going to build.

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Hiya!

Tools:
  • Drill (1/2" if possible)
  • 18V Cordless Drill
  • 18V Circle Saw (AC is okay, but heavier) w/ 80+ teeth/inch
  • Full drill bit set, including taps and punches
  • Acrylic drill set
  • Dremel w/ circle cutting/sideways attachment
  • Grinding/Sanding attachments for Dremel
  • Rivit gun
  • Voltage meter
  • Clamps (varying sizes)
  • Levels (doubles as jigs)
  • Right Angle (small and large)
  • Soldering iron (butane torch is great too - better in some instances)
  • Table saw (long/thick cuts or bevels)
  • Drill press
  • Basic PC tool kit.
  • Good lighting
  • Lung/Eye protection

Since you have access to most tools, I did a wish list.

With those you should be able to build most any case within reason (welding).

Check out TAP Plastics, look for something similar in your area. Acrylic is fun to work with, but it shows every error.

Good luck
Wow, that's a great list! +Rep. Thanks for the info on TAP, I'll check them out. Also looks like I got everything I need except that Acrlic drill set. I'll have to go to Ace Hardware see if they know what kinda bit I would need. I am in luck though with a drill press. My dad has a buddy who is a machinist and has a press in his basement workshop.

*EDIT* If I wanted to is it possible to make a mold for acrylic resin myself?
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