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Alright lads and lasses,
I just got home from PAX last night and I saw some really neat rigs on the floor and in the BYOC area. I saw a case that really took me by surprise and I thought, "If looks could kill, I'd be on the floor." Said case was the In Win Tou (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/06/in-win-tou-desktop-pc-case.jpg Here's a sample picture.) It's made entirely out of tempered glass. It got me thinking that I should make a side panel to replace the stock one on my HAF X case.
This would be my first case mod and I'd like to know the thoughts of those who have used tempered glass in their projects. My idea is to take the glass and place brackets around it or get a replacement HAF X panel and cut out a window so that way it will mount to the case. However, I want minimal metal showing on this project.
With that as a conclusion, would you guys say this may be a bit ambitious for a first time modder with no glass or metal working experience?

Thanks,

Decheka
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Cutting glass can be tricky, but with the right tools, some patience, and skill (or practice), it can be done without issue.

Keep in mind the Tou is not just plain tempered glass. It also has a reflective coating on it. Straight tempered glass will look like your typical house or car windows.
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Just so you know, it is not possible to cut or drill tempered glass. You do it with normal glass, then have it tempered. Tempered glass is glass that has been reheated to a near molten state, then the exterior quickly cooled, leaving the center to cool more slowly. This creates a massive amount of tension in the material. This strengthens it a lot, but if you break it, drill it, chip it, or even scratch it heavily enough, it will begin to release this built in tension, usually explosively.

My recommendation would be to make your "glass" pieces out of MDF. It's easy to work with using basic cutting tools. It's more dimensionally stable than cardboard. When you're done with your design, take the MDF pieces to a glass place and have them fabricate the glass from your MDF templates. Most glass companies can also apply the films for the half mirrored look.
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If you don't have any metal or glass experience.... it's a jump.


How thick and locations of holes matter...
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Thanks for the replies! Those are just the answers I was looking for. So I guess my first step is to see if I can get my hands on the resources; most important of which would be a glass working person in the area that can make up something from my template and give it a cool look. Next I guess would be to see if I can get my hands on an extra HAF X side panel to cut.

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