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well, goota say that smooth move, was stunnin'

excellent well done
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Shiryu, I even gave it a day to think it over; and I can't figure out what you're talking about. Thanks though!

Mini update today, mostly to show the wifey (out of town) what I've been up to. Happy Valentines Day baby!

I finished the first two pieces of the new rad frame. The 2mm thick aluminum is proving to be harder to bend, but much easier to work with:



This time around, I allowed for access to the 5.25 bay screws. These slots will be covered by the trim panel, but at least that's the only thing that will need to be removed to get at the drive bays:



Everything fit better this time than the last time:





Those little holes cut out to allow for the front bezel clips are perfect. The friction fit they create allows the pieces to stand in place without even holding them.

In the last pic, you might have noticed something else I've been toying with:



I got a wild hair, and thought: you know, just because it's a sleeper on the outside, doesn't mean it has to be on the inside. (for the wife, this is what all the sanding has been about )

I'm not totally sold on the polished look though. Granted, 95% of it will be covered up 99% of the time, but I'm still waffling on it.

Hrm.
post #153 of 605
look great. i gotta say that if you do go for the polished look.. you'd have to polish all that bare aluminum.. not sure if thats what you're going for
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Actually, what's been bouncing around upstairs is polishing out all the custom pieces I make, and the motherboard tray. The rest of the chassis, HD rack, etc., I was thinking I would paint out or powder coat a satin black.
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epically legendary

(makes note of Mother's polish for future mods)
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mother's is amazing. i use it on my mounts and they look brilliant. i think that if you do go for the polish look. it would come out great as that little bit that is showing would add a nice touch to it being a sleeper.

didn't see that last pic when i first replied. odd.
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well, goota say that smooth move, was stunnin'

excellent well done
Dang alcohol... sorry bout that

ejem...Awesome job
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fellas!

Well, the second round of internal frame piece construction was still frustrating me. Ultimately, that evolved into a third round, but I think I finally got it right. I decided while possible, the fourth central rad was really not in my foreseeable plans, so I would stop struggling to make it work and just went with my original concept of fans only in the center of the case.

Go figure, it worked.

After a quick trip down the street to a local shop for a 2' by 4' sheet of 1.6 mm aluminum; and after a weekend and some change sawing, sanding, sweating and occasionally swearing...

I had these four pieces:



Taped together, they make a now familiar sight:



And dry fit into the case:





One thing I did this round was take my time with the finish work while in progress, to save me headaches later. My new sheet of aluminum was in good shape, so I carefully taped it all off before I even started measuring.

I also took the time to carefully finish any cuts I made that will be visible later. This is after sanding with 80>150>220>400>600>800>1000>1500:



The motivation for the above finish work came when I tested out quick straight-to-polish piece of the factory mill finish on the aluminum. This is after maybe 2 minutes of rubbing with Mother's:



Too easy, and should make for some nice details on the bits of the frame that don't end up clad in brushed aluminum.

I'm going into a 2 and a half day weekend before work picks back up heavy for me, so I'm planning on a real blitz this weekend.

Stay tuned.
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hey dude, that's a heavy sh--t!!!

awesome... real beauty over the edges

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shweet! looks gorgeous! keep us posted on this blitz!
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