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This will be an abbreviated build log. I have already posted most all of the techniques for measuring and cutting acrylic in past logs, so I won’t bore you with those details.

Thanks to Knitelife for sharing his Double-Decker log, it assisted in the design aspects for this case.

Thanks to Kopi for sharing his Sunbeam case review, and for answering some of my questions.


…Thanks guys.


This is a case for another member. I have been deliberating this project for a couple of weeks…it is time to quit having cold-feet and to jump on in…. so here goes.

This is the hardware that I will use to assemble the panels

I will be priming and painting the corner braces black. The corners of the brackets will be rounded off to take away some of the “sharpness”, both physically and visually.

This is the aluminum/aluminium angle that I will be using to support the second tier, the motherboard tray. …it started out as two, 8-foot lengths.

They will also be primed and painted in black.


The raw acrylic pieces:

The pieces assembled with tape to ensure proper fitment:
This is going to be a tight fit. Fortunately the future owner is going to water cooling. A water block and headspace for tubing is not a problem… a Tuniq, Thermalright, or Gemini will not work with the cover on.

Drilling the holes for corner brackets:

…103 holes later:
This task took far longer than I originally anticipated….much longer.

Ensuring fitment for the lower chamber: and the rear IO panel:
The Rear I/O bracket will be re-painted and then mounted from the outside… should work very well.

Test fitting the braces: …so far so good. As you can see I did not have enough hardware for all the holes… Yay! I get to go shopping tomorrow.

…4 hours later, the completed panels with all openings cut:

Tomorrow: Grind, prime and paint all the brackets and angles. Also… sanding… lots of sanding. Sanding is the prep-work prior to flaming the edges for a clean and clear look.

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Now I think I will be intrigued more so....
Many don't understand the meaning of being in 2 places at once or being one before being separated...
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Thanks PROBYN.

Lol @ me and my silly names.

I'm not naming this one as it does not belong to me. Actually I only name them so that I can tell them all apart and have a reference point to discern one from the other... damn unruly offspring!

What I need is:
  • No need for sleep, or sustenance
  • 4 more arms (like Ganesh)
  • A few billion more functioning brain cells...

Ah... then I could get something done!
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Looks nice, any lighting to play off the blue acrylic?
    
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Thanks for looking chailvr.

The acrylic has a protective plastic covering on both sides, that is what makes it look blue. The material is clear, although acrylic does come in numerous colors.

I'm not sure what the owner will do with lighting, but I know that they wanted "smoked" or "bronze" acrylic. Gets to be costly, so I think that they are going to get some automotive tint and use that to darken it up. I am faifly certain that some lighting will go into the case (other than the mobo pwr LED....)

...we will see when they receive it and get it packed with hardware.

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Looking good and hoping to get some tips for my up coming cube case
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Thanks nagal, much appreciated.

If you take a look at the links in my inital post (Knitelife and Kopi) you will see an example of a cube case, and Kitelife's has some really good mods done to it.

I look forward to seeing a log from you when you start your project.

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