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Well long story short, I feel like making my own tech station but I'm pretty clueless of how thick of acrylic should I be using, what tools I should be using for cutting and such for the peices of acrylic. How much would you guys think it would cost getting all the materials that i would need to make this happen?

The design is pretty basic:

I want to have a 90 degree bend on the left side of the motherboard tray so it can provide sufficient cooling across my motherboard, while the bottom tray holds the PSU, CD drive, and my harddrives.
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Well long story short, I feel like making my own tech station but I'm pretty clueless of how thick of acrylic should I be using, what tools I should be using for cutting and such for the peices of acrylic.

The design is pretty basic:

I want to have a 90 degree bend on the left side of the motherboard tray so it can provide sufficient cooling across my motherboard, while the bottom tray holds the PSU, CD drive, and my harddrives.
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For the panels that are horizontally load-bearing I would use 1/4", you could probably get away with 3/16" if there were vertical supports within 8" of eachother.

NOTE: imho you would do well to use cell-cast acrylic as opposed to extruded as the former handles the heat-stress of power tools much better.

That being said, you will need a circle saw with a blade that is suitable for laminate, or a table saw with a plastic-specific blade (80 tooth on a 10").

A Dremel will also do the trick if you have the appropriate attachments.

Sandpaper is also pretty much a necessity.

Good luck.

P.S. Forgot to mention that you could also score and snap.
Edited by Syrillian - 6/16/08 at 9:09am
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For the panels that are horizontally load-bearing I would use 1/4", you could probably get away with 3/16" if there were vertical supports within 8" of eachother.

NOTE: imho you would do well to use cell-cast acrylic as opposed to extruded as the former handles the heat-stress of power tools much better.

That being said, you will need a circle saw with a blade that is suitable for laminate, or a table saw with a plastic-specific blade (80 tpi).

A Dremel will also do the trick if you have the appropriate attachments.

Sandpaper is also pretty much a necessity.

Good luck.

P.S. Forgot to mention that you could also score and snap.

Thanks for such a quick response! As for the cell-cast acrylic, do you think I would be able to just find sheets of it at my local Home Depot/Lowe's? And I'll most likely go with 1/4" thick but HOPEFULLY it won't snap since i'm trying to make it as small as possible height wise.
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I mostly use 1/4" acrylic and do most of my cutting with a jigsaw using a high-TPI metal blade.

As Syrillian said, sandpaper will be a must to get everything nice and smooth as well as for polishing.
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Instead of doing annoying screw work, you could join the pieces together with IPS weld-on #4. I buy it here. The stuff rules...it starts to bond within seconds. It isn't a glue, it's a solvent. It dissolves acrylic at joints (applied with a needle) and literally welds the pieces into one. Great stuff.

Again with the sandpaper...sand down edges so that the weld-on will spread throughout the interface, if you end up using it.
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Thanks for such a quick response! As for the cell-cast acrylic, do you think I would be able to just find sheets of it at my local Home Depot/Lowe's? And I'll most likely go with 1/4" thick but HOPEFULLY it won't snap since i'm trying to make it as small as possible height wise.

I've gotten acrylic parts from HD.. I wouldn't use it if you want it to look good. They have cheap junk in-stock (and I believe it's all extruded stock). You can special order but it's better to order online from one of the specialty suppliers, or find a local shop that deals in acrylic and see if they can get you some high quality stuff.
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Also to re-iterate.

You do not need to go dump a bunch of money on tools and supplies if this is the only build you are going to do with acrylic.

Specialty tools are a boon for fabrication, but a distinct bane to the wallet.

Scoring and Snapping works well enough.

If you desire some more input or instructions post back, there are many here that can assist you.

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Also guys I need to know what size drill bit and tap size to make for the standoff's. I'm about to leave to my local shops too see what they have in stock. I'm really anxious of this project, and I plan on finishing it in the next few days.
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There are specific bits for acrylic. You can find them at TAP Plastics or USPlastics.

Tapping thinner acrylic can be problematic. You may want to use a threaded stand-off and nut combination.
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well seeing though that tapping thinner acrylic might be a problem. I was thinking i could probably just sit the motherboard on top of a surface that won't let the motherboard slide everywhere just in case when i move it around. But what kind of cheap fabric could I use that is anti-static? Neoprene?
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