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I'm going to start building a custom cart/case for my cascade, which sdumper built (Thanks!). I plan on making it simple, easy to assemble and disassemble, have a small footprint, and be functional. Looks aren't a huge concern to me, the previously mentioned qualities are the priority.

Planned Features
  • Roughly 30" x 30" x 40" (not sure on height yet...)
  • Two tiers; cascade on the bottom and benching PC on the top.
  • Removable or hinged panels on the sides
  • Holes or mesh for the front and back panels so there's good airflow for the condensers.
So, here's the cascade and the reason I'm building this cart/case. It's roughly 24" x 24" x 24" with height measured from the bottom of the plywood base to the top of the 2nd stage pressure gauge.



So far, I've just bought some metal for the frame and some casters. I did a quick mock up of one of the corners to see how well things were going to fit together. The mock up corner was easy to put together, maybe 5 minutes, and everything fit together well. So, I think I'm on the right track.







DAY 2

I've put the frame to the bottom tier together. I'm going to put some more support across the gap. I also have to make sure I leave room for a hole in the middle so that the bolts underneath my cascade won't interfere with anything (I'll be removing the casters already on the cascade).





DAY 3

I cut the plywood for the bottom tier, added braces underneath, and tightened up all the corners on the bottom. I also removed the casters from the bottom of the cascade.







DAY 4

I cut a hole in the lower tier for the bolts to stick through, so the cascade will lay flush, and I got the cascade on the lower tier now. Everything is going good so far!







Stay tuned for more!
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DAY 5

I cut some of the height off of the cart and installed the top tier. It was done pretty much like the bottom tier, but just flipped over. The dimensions ended up being around 27" x 27" x 36" now I can actually get back to benching with this thing

A couple of things I realized is that if I enclose the cascade, I'll need to make easy access to the 1st stage temp sensor and the power switches. Maybe cut some holes in the top for the sensors and switches. Then, extend the wiring for the switches.



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