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post #61 of 86
Hi.

The project is coming along nicely... with the normal pitfalls.

If I may be so bold... when painting, use a primer and allow 24-48 hours between primer coating and paint coating... it is worth the wait. You can do more than 1 coat at a time, but you need to do it within a few minutes of each other so that the layers will cure as one.

When you do your cuts on the acrylic (power tool cuts) use a jig:



The aluminum angle is only there to ensure that the guide is perpendicular, and is removed once the guide is clamped into place.

The position of the guide is determined by the width of the plate on the power tool combined with the width of the blade. Although accounting for the blade thickness depends upon which side of the line that you are going to keep.

If you have enough straight edges and clamps and suficient surface area on the material, you could "box the cut". Create a stop that the power tool will butt against at the end of your cut . This is especially nice as one does not need to worry about over-cutting.

... no offense if any or all of that is old-hat to you...

I only say it as I am all too familiar with the pre-cut jitters.

...and the more progress one makes, the more vital it is to keep it to spec and not make errors.

Keep up the great work.

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post #62 of 86
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Syrillian your advice is always welcomed! The use of a guide and jigs is not new to me but I still get paranoid when it comes time to cut. The openning for the radiator is going to be a pain as it is a lot of little cut and not just 4 straight lines.

Anyway, tonight I will re-draw my markings for the radiator on the front and do the markings for the exhaust fan and atx back plane so tomorrow night I can cut them. So probably no pics tonight.
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post #63 of 86
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Small update.

Laid out all components except one last night and will be drilling, cutting and hole sawing tonight so except some pics later!
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Pics included as promised

Wow, tonight was another one of the nights. I ask for and get awesome advice here but when it comes time to use it, I totally rush and screw things up. Luckily, everything that happened is recoverable with my new and improved design! Lets just say vinyl sheeting is going to help me cover up some flaws.

Here is the back panel almost 100% completed! I just need to cut some holes for a usb/firewire/audio jacks. I really do not want them on the front so I will be placing them high up on the back panel for easy accessibility. The major screw up on the back panel was the PSU. I forgot to mirror image my hole layout...grrrr. Its fixable. Also my opening is a little too short as the guard around the power cord jack is butting up against the acrylic. Also very fixable.



Close up of the PSU area



Here is the front panel. It is almost completed also except for the Optical drive opening. I was planning to have just a slit for the drive tray to come through but you can see my screw up below. I still might do just a slit and cover the nasty chip/crack with some vinyl or just cut out for the entire drive.

I used the dual rad to verify my mounting holes but I am going with a push fan system, so there will be two fans there and not the rad.



A close up of the nasty chip/crack



I was pretty disgusted with myself tonight but now I have realized a way to cover up my mistakes, I am not any more.
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post #65 of 86
Looking good man. That's a nice project!
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post #66 of 86
Hi nagal.

Nice progress...

Holy Smokes ! That is going to be one big case! ....I like it .

erm...uh...no reason to be disgusted Bro...you're Human, it's part of the package deal; we err.

That said, I think you mentioned moving the opening of the optical drive so that the cut eclipses and removes the error? That is one of the nice things about free-from building; the design can by dynamic.

If you wanted to keep the optical drive in its original place you could make a bezel for the face of the drive that also covers the error.

uhhhhh...there I go again flapping my gums.

Well! while I am at it.... if you with to protect the edges of the material, and areas that have been exposed you could use some blue painters tape. The tape needs to be a specific type as you do not want adhesive residue being left behind when you remove the tape. The blue (5-day) stuff is the best that I have found. Using the tape can avoid frustration and heart-ache when the case is ready to be stripped of its protective layer and one sees scratches in the areas that were exposed.

Thanks for posting the pics, it really is a treat to see the work that peeps produce. Heh!...especially wth plastics.

Keep on forging ahead!
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post #67 of 86
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I do feel honored when CD and Syrillian are giving me props. It is seeing both of yours work that has caused all this frustration for me

Syrillian thanks for the tip on the painters tape that is going to come in handy.

I am going to use some brushed aluminum vinyl sheeting from MNPC Tech to create a "frame" like effect around the case. This is going to do a number of things:

1. Hide the holes I drilled by mistake
2. Hide any glue drips/run when gluing the edges together
3. Hide some other mistakes as I can use it to edge around certain areas.

As for the crack/chip in front, if I cut out a full 5.25" bay opening, it will remove that chip but I might just cut the slit as is and use the vinyl sheet to edge the opening and cover that chip. I need to sleep on that thought.
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post #68 of 86
Lol it looks like a cardboard box because of the covering

It's really coming together though man. Should be really cool.

Can't wait to see more.
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Did a lot of work today but seems like I actually LOST progress on the total project.

A lot (and I mean a lot) of my cuts were just a hair off but did I stop and rethink things. No I keep going on. When drilling the holes in the aluminum frame I forgot to take into account how many bolts and nuts were getting crowded into the corners. Did I stop and rethink things. No I keep going. I started to drill holes by sight because I was get flustered. Did I stop and rething things. No.

I finally did stop with an almost completed shell. It does not look bad if I can fill in the holes on the lexan but I will always notices all the little mistakes and that will drive me nuts.

Also, the 1/8" lexan is just too flimsy even with the aluminum frame.

So, it looks like its time to start over. I think I am going to use rplastics.com as they offer a cutting service for a reasonable price unless someone here wants to makes some $$ cutting the panels. All my lexan is trashed now as well as the aluminum. At least I have some piece to practice on.

ugh
I use a router to cut plastic. Comes out supreme. You can buff the edges then.
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post #70 of 86
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Lol it looks like a cardboard box because of the covering
Yeah it does but soon that will be coming off, hopefully this weekend.
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