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Thanks everyone. A lot of the recent work hasn't been too picture-worthy. Basically the bends of the acyrlic have some ripples/uneven bits and they've been bugging me. There were also a few deep scratches. I sanded those down with some 320 grit and then I broke out the buffer. Here's an example.



That whole top area of the corner was sanded down and buffed already. And the buffer.



I've ordered the three levels of Nexus polish but I'll wait to do that after paint. I've also been working on the fan controller. Since I've added the extra 1/4" of acrylic I need different knobs and extensions. I ordered some alu knobs from Mouser, but they won't be in until Tuesday. Until then I've been keeping busy with some 3/8" alu rod I grabbed from the hardware store.

I cut it to length ~1" and for some reason I focused on the floor.



A lathe would be nice, but I make do.





After I ground it down to 1.05" I drilled out a 15/64" hole (closest I have to the 6mm of the knob shaft).



Like a glove. I'll either glue these on or I may try to find a set screw that will work.



After a bit of work I notched the extension for the new knobs. They have a 1/4" opening and mount with a set-screw.







That's as far as I've gotten. I think I'm going to kill the bearings in that drill before this is done. I never did like it, no loss if it does.
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Looks good!
    
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wow, those knobs are amazing!
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wow, those knobs are amazing!
They aren't even the knobs, they are just the extensions. But thanks You probably won't even see them when it's all done, but yet I'm putting all this work into them
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That's as far as I've gotten. I think I'm going to kill the bearings in that drill before this is done. I never did like it, no loss if it does.
Good work Shinji.

It's a slowly but surely. But damn is it pretty.
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Like a glove. I'll either glue these on or I may try to find a set screw that will work.
Remote control car shops have an amazing supply of these little fellers. They come in tiny sizes so you may find the right size that does the job. We use them for all sorts of different things, all that would be needed is a small flat ground into the shaft.
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Lovely work mate
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Nice work on your knob extension, well done man, they look great!
    
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Remote control car shops have an amazing supply of these little fellers. They come in tiny sizes so you may find the right size that does the job. We use them for all sorts of different things, all that would be needed is a small flat ground into the shaft.
Agreed, we had a bunch of them at the Hobby Shop I worked at.
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Sorry for the lack of updates, when you buy $800 worth of video cards you have to play with them .

Bam!













Of course the fan controller front and maybe the dvd drive will be painted the color of the case and I won't be using white double sided tape to mount the one piece. For the eject button I will either rely on the eject function in Windows or wire up a switch for it on the back. Next on the list is getting the four 4" CCFLs situated and grooves cut for them.

I'm very happy with the front, it's one of the few things that has come out like I planned it and looks just like I pictured in my head.
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