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The work so far is looking nice. A question though, why not just cut the corners so they could be bent together, instead of overlapping? (says the one who didn't do what he asks to another, on his aluminum frame build). 20 punds doesn't sound steep to most, but when you figure it's almost $35-40 US, it's steep(ish). Then again, it's not a cheap material to work with.

Can't wait to see more.
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What do you mean by bent together?

And the high price is because I bought the material locally - if I were to buy more I could probably decrease it slightly
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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
Cheers, I hope so too.

Modding day tomorrow

If it goes well I'll consider making them for other people to buy - their very light so would go well in the post. Looks like it is going well too

Fibreglass front panel will be finished next week
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What do you mean by bent together?

And the high price is because I bought the material locally - if I were to buy more I could probably decrease it slightly
what I mean by cutting the alu and bending it together is like taking a straight piece and cutting a 45 degree angle on each side of the ctr line, and then bending it in to itself. After thinking about it earlier though, it's not as stable as overlapping the way you did, unless you bond it somehow. Screws or rivets work much better to hold together the way you did it.
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I understand what you mean

It's something I'm considering if I did it again, as combined with a support on the edge's it could work very well
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Id be down to buy one if u can ship to US. good work prosser.... IM SO PROUD OF YOU lol
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Wooo! I think that must be my first suscription ever :|

Well, this post is going to have to be sponsored by leimrod:



Oh, and Syrillian for listening to me ramble:



Anyway, here goes

The case itself:





The first picture is from the front, second is from the side. The middle strut will hold the motherboard tray.

I had a play around, and found that with a lot of time and a bit of sandpaper I could get a really nice brushed effect like you see on Lian-Li cases. The angle down the side has been sanded, the top hasn't - look at the contrast:



Alternatively, I found that I could also make it a much nicer, near mirror finish without the scratches by sanding another way which is something else I'm considering.

As a possibly temporary solution (I'll see what it looks like after respraying) I found and cut an acrylic motherboard tray:



The filed sections allow it to get past the bolts holding on the motherboard tray.

Trusty orbital sander to make it flat:



And then I measured up where the cables will go and used the trusty holesaw set:





Big hole is for the 20-pin ATX and a PCI-E connector if the graphics card needs one, smaller one is for the 4-pin. This will be hidden from the front by the fibreglass panel but will be visible from the side so I'm thinking about sleeving them Bit of grey primer:



Didn't get a shot of the finished, sprayed motherboard tray as I'm spraying it black tomorrow evening, but I'll get one of it in place during the day.

For the bottom, I needed a base. Found another piece of acrylic, sanded it flat and sprayed it grey:



I then drilled bolt holes, one at the front, one at the back, and one on each side - all in the middle laterally. Found some nice, thick, black rubber washers to use as mini-feet:



Seen there with the epoxy Here's where I left it for the night, upside down and drying out



I used two different types of screw. For the middle strut, a countersunk - very short - bolt, which I countersunk into the angle:



For the corners, longer bolts + washers on the outside:



Sorry about the dodgy pictures, my camera phone normally copes well but sometimes struggles. The case needs to be ready for the middle of next week to give to my dad, fibreglass panel won't quite be ready but should be with me (it'll be black) and I'll order some mesh and some acrylic over the weekend so hopefully I'll get somewhere there.

Tomorrow will be PSU and hard drive mounting, as well as getting the motherboard holes drilled in the acrylic, and possibly getting a 120mm fan set up as well...
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Cheers for the comment
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