The first step I take when initiating a build is to ensure that all panels are â€œsquareâ€, not the geometric shape, but that the cuts are all 90-degrees (or as close as possible). This process of checking all sides is repeated with all panels. If a panel is not within acceptable tolerances I will shave it accordingly so long as the final dimensions do not fall outside of the required dimensions.
Here are the side panels (stacked) ready for the initial cutting.
Today I received the rear I/O and PCI slot frame. This piece was key to my continuation as I needed to verify that the stand-off holes that I had calculated were indeed correct. I loathed the thought of cutting prior to verifying with actual frame in-hand. I am glad that I did as my estimations were off by a few millimeters. The frame is from Mountain Mods, and is decently finishedâ€¦ there are some minor scuffs in the paint at the screw holes, but nothing to get ones panties all in a wad overâ€¦ I hope.
Here is the test hardware (all dead
) with the frame attached.
Next was to place all the relevant items together to ensure that all stand-off holes were correct after the aforementioned adjustments, so far so good.
The final stage of verification is with a set of digital calipers and an ATX spec sheet.
Here are the internal panels (stacked). These could not be marked for cutting prior to the motherboard being marked as the cuts are to line up once assembled.
This image shows how the cut-outs of the internal walls match the cut-outs of the motherboard tray
It has been raining the past couple of days, and the weather is allegedly going to remain as such for a few days. It is my hope that Saturday morning will be at the very least rain-free so that I can start the cutting.
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