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Took the weight off the front panel so I could check the results of the epoxy work.



I'll need to add some more epoxy to the gaps and then I can sand it back and drill the blocked holes out and clean up edges.

A drill press would be a welcome addition to my work bench smile.gif .
   
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Tuned out well, and when it gets painted then no one would know smile.gif

wow just zoomed in and noticed you had lined up all the holes, looks great thumb.gif
post #43 of 81
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Thanks smile.gif .

I had to do a lot of edge adjustment with a file to get the pieces to fit properly as my oroginal dremel cuts weren't straght enough or became angled as the cutting disc wore out. A jigsaw table has also been added to my workbench wishlist along with a more adjustable bench vice biggrin.gif .

I've got a cheap drill stand on its way now smile.gif .
   
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Alright, its a pretty bad photo as the workbench got a little messy again but the lack of some new workbench items was the major hold up with progress on this mod.



Now that i have the facility for a horizontal vice mount and a fixed drill press stand I can move ahead with the job. I plan to use the drill press for cleaning up the front mesh of the case (which is why its set so high) so i can make sure i drill out the dried epoxy and if needed create new holes that are properly perpendicular that i don't think i'd be able to achieve by hand.

This evening i filled in a lot more holes on the backpanel with epoxy and after a few days i'll need to clean up the overspill and sand the whole thing back as its currently really messy.

Edit: fixed typos and now that i think about it i totally forgot to point out that i installed an enclosed storage shelf under the bench so i can actually work without so much junk in the way. Not having this shelf was another big project hold up. So less excuses and more working now i suppose biggrin.gif .
Edited by rathborne - 8/3/16 at 4:58am
   
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My work area always ends up looking like a blastzone, but if it is organized mess then it is okay biggrin.gif
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Haha up until i got the shelf built it was never an 'organised mess', it was just 'mess' biggrin.gif .
   
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post #47 of 81
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Today I got the power button hole cut, drilled out the epoxy resin blocking mesh holes, sanded the whole chassis back with an orbital sander, cleaned any gunk off with warm water and a microfibre car sponge, dried it all out with paper towel and started giving it a coat of primer.



I saw "started" because as I reached the end of the can I realised it was 3.58pm on a Sunday and all the local hardware shops shut at 4pm on a Sunday biggrin.gif !

So I'll need to wait until next weekend before I can continue much further. On the plus side I think I made some progress on it today smile.gif .
   
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post #48 of 81
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Over the last week I epoxied, cut, sanded back and flattened the joins on the front panel more and smoothed out any rough 'dusty' textured panels with wet 1200 grit sand paper. The front got another coat of primer before I went shopping to the hardware stores.

I now have an air compressor, gravity fed HVLP air spray gun, PVC hose, air mask, moisture trap+pressure regulator, matte black paint, turps and measuring gear so i'm all set to start base coating this thing. But just like last time it got to 4pm and I realised that neither myself or the guy at the shop figured that if the moisture trap/regulator is installed directly on the compressor outlet you can't turn open the outlet ball-valve :facesmack: . Sigh. Next weekend then.
   
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I see you are going all out for this build should be interesting.

Ah bummer, well next weekend rolleyes.gif

My new GTX 1070 have ruined any of my small projects as all i want to do is game, so i have no time for projects like this of my own. biggrin.gif
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You got the 1070? Nice smile.gif . Watched a local computer shop hook the MSI Seahawk 1070 to an AOC 4K panel and it ran Shadow of Mordor on ultra settings really smoothly at an almost constant 55fps. Even played it myself and it didn't feel choppy or stuttery and at all. Very nice!

Yeah, I decided to invest in the air compressor and spray set as I'd like to do more of these builds. If I have the equipment I should be able to save money and time using the spray gun instead of spray cans.

Later on I'd be keen to try basic welding as that could open up more creative possibilities smile.gif . But one thing at a time wink.gif .

I have been asking myself "why has it taken so damn long to get one project finished" and only figured it out last night. I've had to learn and try a lot of stuff to mess around with these mods. My job has no requirement for prepping and using spray paints, adhesives, cutting and bending metal, sleeving cables. Its all knowledge I had to seek out from people, YouTube and OCN. Tools can be a limiting factor too.

This all does mean that any renovations to the house must factor in keeping a basic shambles workshop or expanding it biggrin.gif .
   
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