Aluminium tubes trimmed to size, window sections removed, cut edges smoothed off and deburred. Surface cleaned and finished with a copper brush, 120 grit sandpaper, 240 grit sandpaper and wire wool. Not too bad I think, really quite pleased. I now have to get the foam pad cut (that one in the shot is actually the thicker 10mm type)
and sort out matching rings to fill in the tops around the reservoir cap.
However, as recommended, I got some of the Meguiar’s metal polish. Here it is tested it out on one of the offcuts:
The test piece was divided in two. The right hand end shows the polish applied to the raw unfinished surface of the aluminium, as you have seen it in previous posts. The left hand end is what you get when it is applied to the finished surface as described above, and as you see on the sleeve next to it.
All I can say is this - damn you and your good ideas! It looks fantastic
; very, very, close to silver of the Bitspower fittings and with almost no effort at all. But, as predicted, it makes the spray paint on all the plastic bits look distinctly second rate by comparison - at least to my eyes. This is most noticeable on the pump tops, mainly because the two surfaces are right next to each other. Interestingly it has also been tested on the stainless steel tube, out of curiosity, and that polishes up nowhere near as well; or at least would demand significantly more work in order to get it to do so. The aluminium was definitely the right call, but I now have to decide which finish to match it to; either the fittings (most visibly my GPU manifolds, remember those?)
or to the painted pump tops, both of which are very prominent features of the build. The brushed finish is done, and it blends in better - but the polished finish is just so much nicer, and it is the way they were originally meant to look…
Originally Posted by Exeed Orbit
Ah yes, Chromed Brass... that's it. I knew it was some metallic tubing, though my oversight led to my thinking it was copper (probably, like you mentioned, due to the fact that you had the copper waterblock design)
I was still debating whether to use that (the Alphacool HardTube
stuff), at least in part, right up until very recently. Metal-tube builds always look totally outstanding to me. Ah well, next time maybe...
Originally Posted by donkidonki
Your idea reminds me of one of these, although it could do with a lot more chrome to match your rig.
I know some people get some seriously sizable cases for the beastlier rigs, but I’m not sure anyone here has a PC that needs one of those to move it around. Or do they? Is there some kind of OCN elite, a multi-billion pound Supercomputer Builders Club
that I don’t know about?
Originally Posted by bkvamme
Looks like an excellent idea. Was going to suggest two independent rows for easier turning, but after reading again I saw that you had already planned this (as always).
My only suggestion would be that you either implement some sort of locking mechanism for the rollers, or that you mount the side bars on some sort of taper so that you can raise and lower the rollers as needed.
Third suggestion would go very old school and just make a thin slices of wood that prevent the rollers for moving (same concept as a door stopper, but way more elegant). These would act as covers as well, hiding any gap from the floor/table.
I would definitely have some way of preventing it from moving when you have it where you want it.
On mobile now, but can draw up some sketches tomorrow.
Excellent as ever. Do you have an overhead crane to lift it up and down from your desk?
A locking system for the rollers is a very good idea. It would certainly be helpful if the case could stay still, especially whilst I’m installing stuff! Some form of wedge-shaped door-stopper style solution is probably the easiest way of implementing that, especially if the rollers are free-running on the axles. Maybe conceal one on some form of sliding mount, perhaps sprung, that can be pushed into contact with the back rollers to stop them when required. Not too difficult a thing to create, but perhaps trickier to implement as a modification now that the frame is made. Another option would be to fix the rollers to the axles and have them rotate. One or two of them could then have a screw in the end, which when tightened pulls the end of the axle into hard contact with the frame and stops it moving. Problem with that would be how to conceal those screw heads whilst still keeping them accessible, and of course it would loose the differential rotation between the two ranks unless I create a split-axle. Something for me to think on.
Oh and as for the overhead crane, who ever said Ironbeast
was going on
I have other plans...