Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Attila, 18 Sep 2008.
them catchs are truly awsome truly amazing work
Amazing work! You truly got some skills.
Thanks, That's not to say I don't like paintwork, I've seen some beautiful paintwork here and elsewhere.
Thanks, OK I try to think of ways to trim back photo's and details to make the log flow and keep it interesting
and novel. But if you want more details then I'm happy to acquiesce.
Below is a photo of the back panel, I originally thought about mounting the catches at the top, but after thinking
about it for a while and trying to do a simulation in my mind (as you do), It was clear that the chassis, being on an
incline in the shell, would always want to roll out and if the only point holding the chassis in was at an extremity
(the top) then it was possible for some flex and less than a perfect fit at the bottom. So I moved the location point
to a central position, thus distributing the load and reducing the chance of an ill fitting back panel. So, using the
catches as templates I marked out the locations and then measured them up properly, or so I thought! Started
drilling and filing and when the first slot (for the arm to stick through) was almost done I though it would be a good
idea to check the fit before I took too much material away, so I grabbed the correct catch and lo and behold it
would not fit. Well, as the catches are a mirrored pair I originally marked up with the left hand catch on the wrong
side and though I triple checked everything, this one thing I just breezed through without checking. I must also add
that having scribble all over the work piece doesn't help as it's difficult to clearly see the top from the bottom.
I read your post at work and as soon as I got home the standoffs were filed down and it does look better. Thanks.
Thanks. I'll check that out.
Haha, You would be too if your ears were just drilled out.
Thanks, you may be able to see in some of the photo's there are heavy file marks on the edges and the surfaces are covered with
scuff marks and scratches. There are also many sharp corners, but while I'm still making parts and continually assembling
and dis-assembling it's pointless to clean anything up too much. Once it's all done, cleaned up and sanded I hope it will
look much better.
Continuing on with the switch panel, some openings need to be cut on the two front
panels to accommodate the rearward extension of the switches and I/O module.
So measured and marked up the first area to be removed.
Then drilled and cut out with the jigsaw.
Then this was filed clean in the vice (This will be completely invisible once the switch panel is in place).
It fits alright but very tight near the power switch, so some more material needs to be removed.
And it fits well now.
Now an opening needs to be cut into the inside panel (fan carrier).
I wanted to use the front panel as a template but because of the small bend it had to be marked up
and cut from the back.
But I'm out of time now so it will be cut tomorrow.
All the controls are mounted on the back? You really will be able to do anything with the front.
No no, perhaps I wasn't clear. The controls are on the front with the fans.
Now doesn't that switch plate just look badass mounted lol. Can't wait for more mate, she's a beut.
oldnewby, thanks for answering my questions and even showing pics of the flub! Keep up the good work. I really like how you take the time to respond/quote the responses you get, and make sure we're all up to speed. (aside from the pretty aluminum craftsmanship!)
That workshop with the tripod is coming in handy!
this is cool... good-stuff..
Your far too kind b4oz, thanks. I'd like to put a small bevel on that panel but don't know how.
Continuing from yesterday the opening was made in the fan carrier.
And just to have a look at the three pieces together.
And with the gear in to see if everything clears.
Now something that's been bugging me for ages.
There, scratched that itch.
Now I have to take some time to clean up because there is no room on the bench and the mess
is slowing me down.
I can't get the material for the back plate till next week so in the mean time attention
needs to be paid to the underside.
Now this is not as simple as it seems. Several things need to happen here and if care isn't taken, this
area can end up a mess of parts and screws. The area needs to be covered but some mesh needs to
go in to allow the PSU to breath. There needs to be some supports made to attach the bearings to,
and some mesh needs to be put into the cutouts. I really like the look of the that area on the sides of
the PSU cover the way it is, but some screws will have to go in here to hold the mesh as well as the
I have some stainless mesh for this.
I have to go and think about this.
For the bevel you could use a router and a router table. That should do the trick.
That mesh would go great with the mod.
I have a router table and several routers but....OK, if I screw the piece to a larger piece of wood and then rout them
together.......Hmmm, OK I'll give it a burl, I suppose a new one can be made if I stuff it up. Thanks b4oz.
Just be careful cos the alu is quite soft and the piece you are using is quite thin.
As it turns out it didn't take too much thinking to come up with a simple solution
for the under side of the chassis. Make a panel, bend up the sides for strength
and somewhere to attach it to the case, join the whole lot together with the screws
that will hold the bearings. Of course this has to be done before we'll know if it works.
So we start by marking up and cutting/filing to get a square work piece that's the right size.
Then mark up the fold lines.
And heavily score the fold line. About a quarter to a third the thickness of the material (1.6mm).
And bend it!
Check the fit.
Now some power supplies have the fans in the ends, in which case plenty of air can be drawn in from
the side vents. But some PSU's have a big fan underneath, so provision needs to be made for this.
This opening will allow air to be drawn in from underneath.
Cut some stainless mesh and drill some holes and we have this. OK it's not very pretty but it
does the job and will be invisible when this is finished.
Some material will need to be removed from the bends to allow for some mesh to be fitted to
the side vents.
But that's all I have time for right now.
Amazing work.... truly awe-inspiring.
The base plate turned out very well. The mesh intake vent was a fantastic addition.
Looking very clean! (both the mod and the workshop/bench!)
Again simply beautiful work with the aluminum! I really love and respect it the craftmanship using mainly basic hand tools...
looks realy great !!
how do you make those fold line ?
I love your work. So talented and skilled. There are so many amazing projects on Bit-tech, but one like this, with so much handmade stuff beats it all.
Incredible metal working skills mate, and boy am i jealous of that work area!
I really like the idea of literally building a PC around the components.
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