Originally Posted by tuchan
Any updates here CD? I am enjoying this
That is good to hear! It is hard to do anything after work except mess with my boy and do stuff around the house--I spend too much time here of course...lol
Next step after clear coat is to dowel the top to the base so it remains in postion. Some trim piecescould be installed before that however, but I am conflicted whether to put CCL tubes in the top or bottom edges--I thought that might look groovy--but then again do you want a piece of furniture to glow?
If I put CCL in the top edges the light will be baffled and reflected downwards by the top which might cast a neat halo around the base. Installation is a cinch--stick a 5/8" chisel down into the space between the ply and tear out enough honeycomb to tuck the light tube in the cavity--cut a slit in the inside ply for the wires. Rip a strip of 1/4" acrylic 5/8" wide and press it down into the cavity over the tube until it is flush with the ply edge.
If I don't do the light mod then I would put some Ipe trim over the honeycomb on top because it's fugly looking when the top is off and looks unfinished.
The lights thing is little disco for this build so I guess I'll see how I feel at the moment.
Structurally I need to put a cleat around the interior about 1" up from the bottom to catch the bottom panel (1/4" acryilic) and give me something to screw it to. This panel will act as sort of backplane for the mobos with access holes for the monitor keyboard and mouse pluggage--and give me a way of sealing the case from dust. I plan to put a low restriction foam mesh filter under that--so recessing the bottom panel will allow me to hide the filter. Might even trim the bottom edge with Ipe--even though it is not likely to be seen.
I have a pair of high cfm 110 VAC 120mm Dayton fans that I was going to try out--they are a tad loud--but would not draw off the PSU which is a plus as I plan to use 2 PSUs to power 4 mobos.
These would simply be screwed to the acrylic over appropriate holes and suck air from below through the mesh. The top of the cabinet would remain open at this point shielded from foriegn objects by the top.
Pretty straight forward stuff--just takes time...maybe tomorrow.