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post #1091 of 1629
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whats this?! BLACK ALUMINUM!





must protect the pretty:



whats that? perhaps the shape of 6 5.25" drive bays?



marked the centers of the screw holes for a double rad as well as drawing the outlines of the circles:



drilled the screw holes:



and now I get to try a new tool!



It does make a nice round hole, but i need to be careful not to slip when it pushes through to the size i want because it will bevel out the edges of the hole:



just messing around here:



while i was drilling those two starter holes in the circles for the fans, I decided that the 1mm aluminum was too flimsy to cut hanging off the edge of the table. So, lacking any on hand, I decided to go dumpster diving for some plywood! lucky me I found a perfect size piece real quick:



set off to making the plain plywood into an awesome modding tool:



stater hole drilled with spade bit:



cut out a quick and dirty circle with the jig saw:



placed the desired hole over the new cutting area after sanding the splinters off:



now the sheet is well supported all around the cut so the jig saw will not destroy the metal:



and cut:



sneak peak:



showing that I left some space so I didn't have to line things up perfect every time:



second hole cut:



and now back to improving my newest found modding tool:





all sloppy:



sanded up:



cut the short edge of the bay cover:





and the long end:





and after about 45 minutes of sanding both by hand and with dremel drums:



you can see the circles are not perfect in this pic. but there is a solution for that:



black sharpie along all the edges and some mess grills and things are lookin good:









and this is what it is gonna look like installed. dont mind the uneven gaps, it is just resting in the bays at the moment, i will be making some nice solid mounts later and get it nice and centered:









And I have now kept myself up till 3:00am just to jet you people an update :-P

hope you enjoy it. :-)

(also, right at the 38 pic limit)
post #1092 of 1629
looks .... ok

will you do something further to the aluminium ?
it looks kinda out of place :s
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looks .... ok

will you do something further to the aluminium ?
it looks kinda out of place :s
well, right now it is kinda dirty and gross from being worked on and the lighting is TERRIBLE because it is 3:00 AM. it looks WAY better in person.

also, like I said, it is just resting in there crooked atm. it will look better when i get it mounted and straight.

any reccomendations for something i should do more than that?

edit: I may also replace the mesh drive cover with a solid one. I think that will make it more coherent.
post #1094 of 1629
That is some pretty good cutting Kevin. Might have to steal your idea with the plywood board.
post #1095 of 1629
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That is some pretty good cutting Kevin. Might have to steal your idea with the plywood board.
Thanks!

and feel free, it helps SO much to keep the metal from vibrating.
post #1096 of 1629
Pretty good idea kev! I think changing out the mesh slot cover for a solid one is a great idea and will help out a lot with keeping everything unified. The only other thing I would be tempted to change is the mesh at the bottom also, changing it out and making a 120mm version of the panel you've just made, to put in there. Personal preference of course (considering I'm fussy enough to replace all the mesh in my case with solid sheets of finer stuff!)
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post #1097 of 1629
very cool man!! but you gonna have any cd drives in that build ?!?! lol
post #1098 of 1629
Nice attention to detail. Looks really good.

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Looks pretty cool kev, mount it straight and it'll be perfect
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post #1100 of 1629
Yea - the mesh cover breaks the look of the front.
Personally i live the all mesh front of mine (aka stock) - but thats personal opinion.

Do you have any other fan grills - the stock ones stick out alot - see if you can make something like a smaller version of the cover for the 140mm fan - that carved aluminium effect. - it would look GREAT - would mean more aluminum usage tohugh
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