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Thanks.

It started raining. I had to move in. So no modding until the rain stops. I finished working on the bottom and front panels. No pics until ~6PM...
    
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Update:

Drilled two holes on the bottom for fans. Also removed the front mesh


Front Panel



I removed the mesh. You can probably make out a few imperfections. That's due to the fact that it started raining when I was working, and I couldn't finish cutting off some of the excess with my sabre saw. Also, the file doesn't seem to do much in the face of those excess pieces.



Bottom Panel




Well, the holes are slightly off, just slightly. Shouldn't be so much such that it'll make it look bad though. I blame it on my sharpie. The lines it makes are too wide so I couldn't judge where the intersection was. Also, it was hard to line up the drill bit to the desired place since the hole saw made it hard to see the lines with the shadow it cast and since every time I tried to clamp it down, the steel sheet would move.
I had a slight argument with a sticker. The glue residue left wouldn't come off easily. I tried to sand it off, didn't work either. I ended up scraping it off with a blade. Made some scratches in the paint while doing so, but I would've ended up doing that anyways when I start painting,


Closeup of the Holes




Not much to say, they're slightly off, as said before. Two of the mounting holes are also slightly off, but it's not that easy to notice.



Test Fitting






You can probably see the faults here. Also, one of the mounting holes was so far off that I couldn't attach the fan there. I had to bring it back to the drill press and expand the hole into an oval like shape.




Fault




Right mounting hole in the picture. I drilled another hole near it. However, I made another mistake and overshot. Now I can actually see the mistake when I mount fan.

I didn't put the U-channel on, simply due to the fact that it's not finished, and I don't want to cut the U-channel now. It's still raining on and off, so I can't do much work today. I'll finish removing mesh and such tomorrow.

No pics of the parts during modding since I didn't have the camera at that time.
Edited by xHassassin - 6/24/08 at 4:06pm
    
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There's this tool cattlerustler used, you may want to look at it....I completely forget what its called, but it kind of punches a small dent into the metal so the drill bit doesn't travel at all when you cut holes or whatever. Makes it real easy to align everything properly.

Someone must know what its called.....
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Looking good mate! The fan's aren't noticeable, I usually have to ream out one or two of the mounting holes for fans myself, I never get them correct,LOL.


FWIW, Goo-Gone works great for old stickers. Sometimes alcohol will do the trick too.
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There's this tool cattlerustler used, you may want to look at it....I completely forget what its called, but it kind of punches a small dent into the metal so the drill bit doesn't travel at all when you cut holes or whatever. Makes it real easy to align everything properly.

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Yeah I did that, but your drill bit still has to be close to the puncture for it to align.
Maybe I just need help using one of those corner rulers....
    
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Yeah I did that, but your drill bit still has to be close to the puncture for it to align.
Maybe I just need help using one of those corner rulers....
What I do (when using a hole saw) is make a pilot hole with a small drill bit. With the smaller bit you can get it right where you want it. Then just put the holesaw arbor into the small hole, that will keep it centered.
Edited by repo_man - 6/25/08 at 9:47am
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What I do (when using a hole saw) is make a pilot hole with a small drill bit. With the smaller bit you can get it right where you want it. Then just put the holesaw arbor into the small hole, that will keep it centered.
Thanks for the advice!

I feel so stupid now.
Ah well, no one's going to see it, so no big deal.
    
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Update:

Finished the drilling for blowholes. I'm not sure about whether or not I'll put a blowhole on the top panel, so I haven't drilled one yet...


Back Panel




Cut out the mesh. I'll tell you, it wasn't easy. There wasn't a good way to clamp the thing down because of all those bends in the metal. I ended up bending the entire back panel with the clamps. I bent them back though, but I'm still not sure if it's perfectly straight yet. This metal is ridiculously easy to bend, I'm not even sure if it's steel...



Close Up




Ok, so the sabre saw wasn't working well. The blade would drop out of the saw every 1 minute or so, and it was pretty hard to cut exactly on the line since there wasn't much space to see due to the cover of the sabre saw. I think it came out pretty nice though, I still can't get the hang of filing. Never seem to be able to get it perfectly smooth.

So... I'll start working with acrylic tomorrow. Hope it doesn't turn out as a disaster.

BTW, would super glue hole acrylic in place or no?
I'll get you a picture of the glue, wait.

EDIT: Ok, here's a pic of the materials I have.




There's some sort of putty for plumbing repairs, a tube of chinese super glue, and a tube of a silicone based bond or something.
Which one would be best for bonding acrylic to a piece of plastic?
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What are you trying to mount the acrylic to? I think double sided tape would be > than all of that you have, personally.


That fan hole looks really good, when I first looked at the picture I thought it was factory, then I read down and seen you had cut it, nice work! Jigsaws (sabre saw, whatever) can be finnicky, mine occasionally spits the blade out as well. Sometimes you just have to tighten the crap out of the blade and cut sloooow.

Your cut came out great though! And as far as filing, it just takes time, which is usually why I hate it,lol. I just file enough to get the 'cut me' edges down and leave it
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Yeah, I'm mounting the acrylic on the front panel, I'll give you a pic.

Here's what I'm thinking of:



I'll either cut one blowhole, or a couple of small holes for air to come through.

Here's where I'm going to attach it:



As you can see, there isn't enough space for double sided tape. I'm planning on cutting the acrylic exactly such that it rests on the holes without falling through since there are some ~1/16" indents. I'll be stealthing the DVD drive, card reader, and fan controller this way too.
    
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