so im FINALLY able to get to my pictures that i uploaded earlier so its update time!
work up early with the little guy and needing a change and some food so wile his mom did that i went into the shop to start working
crappy picture wile he wasn't crying
so INTO THE SHOP!
the little guy crying woke me up a couple times last night so i did a little cutting for the second fan mount, but its not quite strait.
so we flipped over the old belt sander and used it to even every thing out
perfect. and my little helper telling me what she thinks (and asking to be let out)
back up to the living room to be "social" with my lexan
and the center is found
clamped back down like yesterday to get cut with the fly-cutter
and start cutting verry slowly.
like i said yesterday. always let your tool do the work for you and you wont ruin the parts nearly as often.
not the cleanest cuts ever but we all know im not spending 60 bucks for a hole saw
and my dad suggested that i try cutting from the other side too
and it cut REALLY nicely doing it that way. maby i should outta lissen to him more about this stuff XD
clean it up real carefully
dad was wondering what would happen if he heated the edges of the lexan to "clean it up". he was hoping for a mirror finish or something slimier but the fly-cutter leaves just a bit too rough of a cut for that.
it might work inside the holes that were cut after fileing and sanding them smooth but im not gona risk wrecking them as they will be hidden behind some wire mesh anyway
and the second fan mount is all cleaned up
now for a part that was a bit harder than one would think it should be. finding the screw hole locations.
i started by laying a fan over one of the fan mounts
i went diggin around the shop for my center punch set wondering if i had one the right size to fill the holes snugly to get as close to the center as i could
taped the fan down just so it wouldn't move on me when i was taping the punch
the trusty rubber mallet
if you decide to do any thing like this you need to be very careful to not hit the accrilic too hard or it will split quite a way in a couple directions (i didn't crack this set but i crack the stuff all the time at work
the second one is punched. the dimples are sorta hard to see in the picture so i circled them with a black sharpie but that didn't work too well
the hardware ill be working with.
i drilled two holes of different sizes to see wich would work better (couldnt get my damn camera to focus
drilling them out. (yes i used a pilot hole first)
most fan screws are countersunk at about 120 degrees. i happen to have a 120* countersink bit
its one of the more common angles for that stuff
all cleaned up and countersunk
i think they look really good for being the first real fabrication that i have done with lexan or any acrylics for that matter.
and my mount with an R4 attached to it
and a good shot of the screws and the countersinking