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Sorry for the lack of updates. No motivation or time doesn't help. I did manage to make a mess today, but not much progress.







It's slow going ATM since I'm really nervous about messing up. This is my last chance to make this acrylic work, one slip of the router and ~$80 is down the drain and I won't be trying it again. I've to finish trimming it down and then I've got to get the aluminum brushed, bent and the various cut-outs done. Sounds easy! The acrylic on the back of the case will be very fragile since most of the material will be cut away. I have to be extra super careful doing those cut-outs. I may have to pass on using the router for some of it. To be continued... some day...
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post #122 of 326
Good stuff and keep being cautious..it's paying off
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post #123 of 326
Is that rice? Looks good btw, but if that's rice what is it for?
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post #124 of 326
woooo!!! go shinji! it's loooking great man!
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post #125 of 326
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Originally Posted by honk_honk View Post
Is that rice? Looks good btw, but if that's rice what is it for?
Lol no it's not rice . Those are acrylic shavings from my router. I'm using a flush trim bit similar to this to trim my acrylic down to size.



It makes a heck of a mess and those little pieces are friggin' hot. But it ensures the acrylic is the exact width of the case.

Thanks everybody!
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post #126 of 326
That makes a lot more sense than rice, I kind of thought that's what it was but I couldn't help but wonder.
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post #127 of 326
Rep+ this is a sweet looking build so far.
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post #128 of 326
I'm going with it being rice

Great update Shinji, the acrylic looks good man! Good luck with it all, I do agree it looks like you'll probably have to be careful with that back piece just to be safe.
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post #129 of 326
Slow is the way to go. I hate rushing myself to get things done, it never looks as nice.
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post #130 of 326
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Got a small update for yas. Finished brushing the outer shell, but I promptly covered it with tape to protect the finish until I can get some clear coat on it. Then I proceeded to do some bending.





I had never really worked out how I was going to hold the outer shell on, but I decided on six 6-32 screws per face. The socket head screws are only stand ins, I plan on using button head screws for a sleeker look. I am also not sure on what finish screw to use. I can get the standard black-oxide, chrome and plain stainless steel. I think the stainless will blend in better, but I won't know which to use until I can get a feel for the rest of the color scheme and if I want the screws to stand out or not.

You can also see where the metal isn't as wide as the acrylic. This isn't exactly a mistake, but I changed my mind after I ordered the metal. The metal is the width of the case itself, but the doors add a few millimeters. The acrylic is the width with the doors added and I think that looks better. Since I will not be ordering more metal, I plan on beveling the edge of the acrylic 45° to line up with the alu and still overlap the doors.

I should get more done tomorrow.
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