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to basically copy this
http://www.xoxide.com/sunbeam-ufo-cube-case-clear.html

cause i have two LARGE sheets of plexiglass (acrylic) laying around, my parents said i could use it...so thats free.

i got a plexi cutter for $4 at hardware store.
i can buy front panel connectors cheap as well...

how do i make screw holes? can i drill it very carefully or will it just crack and break the whole thing if i do?

also how do i seal the joints (i dont want a crapload of silicone making it more opaque and looking like ---- )

and lastly, how would i make the acrylic mobo tray with risers? i would also need holes (first question)---OR---do i just have to put in a metal mobo tray? that would not look as good i think, and maybe take away from its transparency.
    
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also, how do i cut fan holes (or for that matter, any circles, within the plexi without cracking it? do i need better materials?
    
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would scoring the plexi with a circle cookie cutter to get an imprint then follow the imprint with the plexi knife and push out, would that make a fan hole (or circular hole) in the plexi WITHOUT cracking it if i was careful??
    
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For sealing it, try silicone. And for screw holes, make dents first. As for cutting it, just put your dremel/jigsaw at a low speed and you should be fine.
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i dont have a dremel/jigsaw. i bought a plexiglass cutter which looks like a hobby knife. you score then snap

but i was wondering how you make circular cuts then...or curved cuts.

and is there ANY alternative to silicone thats less messy?
    
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i dont have a dremel/jigsaw. i bought a plexiglass cutter which looks like a hobby knife. you score then snap

but i was wondering how you make circular cuts then...or curved cuts.

and is there ANY alternative to silicone thats less messy?
You need a Dremel or jigsaw for any type of cutting other than straight breaks along an edge. The score and break method only works for the entire length and for only straight lines. You can't just cut the material with a knife and push it out.
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You need a Dremel or jigsaw for any type of cutting other than straight breaks along an edge. The score and break method only works for the entire length and for only straight lines. You can't just cut the material with a knife and push it out.
hm...that really sucks then

what other materials/tools would i need you think...especially to make screw holes, im scared my drill, even after making a dent, will just crack the whole panel and render it useless when i try drilling holes.
    
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Here's the review of the sunbeam case http://www.virtual-hideout.net/revie...be/index.shtml
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hm...that really sucks then

what other materials/tools would i need you think...especially to make screw holes, im scared my drill, even after making a dent, will just crack the whole panel and render it useless when i try drilling holes.
Use a drill on low speed using a specifically designed acrylic drill bit. You won't be doing much the acrylic if you don't use a dremel/drill/jigsaw/holesaws.
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@slade --im not buying the case though, im building one from my own plexi to look like that one, for less than $80

@duckieHo --thanks, you are always very helpful! so what does an acrylic drill bit look like? i got tons of drill bits i might have one already...
    
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