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Scratch Build – In Progress future ne[]n - 100% complete!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by sethnmalice, 16 Aug 2007.

  1. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @ComputerKing, thnx :)

    @Dean MF, thnx :)

    @Cheapskate, it wasnt until you mentioned it , that i too noticed lol.

    @Cyprio, thnx :), alot of time and alot of patience but not without error, i keep checking the design checking the mdf box then going to the alu looking at everything just to be sure then i check it again to be certain....im glad i did it though, its a great learning expieirience, both from what im doing and from what the community is saying.

    THEkorean, thnx :)

    Kyuari, thnx :) and you shall :)
     
  2. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    Well, things slowed down a bit, but the upside of that is my hand feels better and i can begin the hand polishing of the alu panels.

    But before I get to that bit, im not sure if i mentioned it in an earlier post or not, but, I hadnt ever got around to doing anything for the top panel, prolly forgot in the excitement of all the design plans coming together, so here i have a blank canvas and after talking to my mum about it, she suggested something simple and not too over the top, which is kinda hard to do because the top has the most amount of canvas, but I did a design, nothing too fancy and it incorporates 2 x 120 mm fans.

    The only forseeable problem is that these 2 fans have to be mounted externally, due to objects within the case being in the way, so i have 2 options, i can go ahead and mount the fans on the top and make a top bracket from alu to go over it and then use some mesh and run it around the edges, or just cut a simple hole and make it a large air vent roughly around the 2 hard drives, im still unsure at the moment but one of them ill be doing.

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    Anyway, I started on some polishing of the front panel, and its not completed but i wanted to post the pics in stages of shine.

    So far its looking promising and youll be able to tell where i hand polished the hardest to the softest, i need to bring all the spots to one level of shine.

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    Theres a tiny amount of reflection

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    (2 hours polishing)
    Mothers ALU Polish - amazing stuff!!!

    More to follow soon.
     
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    sethnmalice New Member

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    UPDATE [Continued]

    Woah....this stuff is awesome, so i did some more hand polishing, and im quite happy with how its turned out, i have realised that theres no way i can improve on what ive done so far without using a buffer or drill buffer, i just dont have the arm power for it, so im going to keep this as it is, like i said im more than happy with how its turned out, although if i get my hands on a new drill wit buffing wheel attachement then ill come back and give it a killer shine :)

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    I added the other panel as a comparison but i dont think theres alot of difference until i do a close up...like so...

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    And is it shiny??? not mirror but damn close for a few hours of work.

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    Mothers ALU polish!!!!


    Ill update at a later date, i just wanted to share for the moment. :)

    Seth
     
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    sethnmalice New Member

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    UPDATE [Continued]

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    Side Panel 1... think of this as stage 1

    Seth
     
  5. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    Nice polishing work!!
     
  6. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    I think that you should have the fans externally and put a shroud over them. i think that just a hole would look a little awkward. Just my 2 cents.
     
  7. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    WOW! Don't know what to say But wow! Can't wait to see more.

    Good luck.
     
  8. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @Dean MF, thnx :)

    @C-Sniper, i dont know what you mean or what your refering to, can u elaborate? - shroud, hole , fans externally - which panel/s?

    @ComputerKing, thnx:)
     
  9. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    don't you have a cheap power drill?

    Im sure your dremel would actually work my friend!!!
    i can post some pics if you want, you can buy a small buffing wheel, a screw, nut, and 2 washers, screw it tight together, then put the end of the screw in the bit. Just and idea for you.

    And you asked about the top panel seth, i don't think you should mount the fans externally... im not sure, maybe come up with a new panel but im just not feeling the externally mounted fans
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I like what C-sniper said. It will break up the basic box-shape and give you more to look at. You could add a large plate on the top of the fans and bend the sides down at a 45 degree angle.
     
  11. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @Teyber, no I dont own a power drill, never needed to use one.I tried a long time ago , by using the polishing wheels supplied when i bought the dremel but they didnt seem to work like i thought they would, prolly just me and lack of knowledge that caused the problems.

    Ahh, top panel, yeah i'm still working on that, i may not even have fans there at all, the design may change in the next few weeks, im still undecided, i never planned for a top panel, that design up there, is what i came up with, but not a final product yet.

    @Cheaskate, yeah im still confused, something will come to me soon.
     
  12. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    then what are you using for drilling holes? your dremel? nothing w rong wiht that, just makes me respect this even more!

    btw, did you cut the panels or did you have them cut?
     
  13. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @Teyber, I use a cordless drill for the small holes. the holes in the acrylic with a dremel, i used a jigsaw for both mdf and aluminium panel cutting, i used a hacksaw for the square tubes, 20 different file sizes for filing everything down, everything that you have seen on both the mdf and alu chassis is done by me, by hand, or with a powertool used by me, im going to take some photos of all the tools i used once ive finished - for those that may have been interested in what i used. I dont have a huge budget as im saving for hardware, but i am going to get a power drill soon to continue with the polishing, i just dont have enough arm strength to get an even layer of polished effect across each panel. and I have to do both sides aswell or itll look out of place. And there's a good chance ill be polishing the whole chassis aswell. So much to do still.
     
  14. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    nice work Sethnmalice, really nice work so what Im about to say dont take it the wrong way, I love what you have done so far but maybe its just the pics but the outer edge where you have the not sure how to explain it but this look \_|-|_|-|_|-|_|-|_|-|_/ they dont look to even to me or perfect squares, I know perfect would be hard to really get but Im just saying they seem a little off, other then that the work you have done so far is amazing. Keep it up ^_^
     
  15. radodrill

    radodrill Resident EI

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    For polishing with the dremel I like the cloth polishing wheels (much better than the felt ones); but for heavy duty work (and large surfaces) I prefer using a bench grinder with cloth buffing wheel.
     
  16. MonkeyNutZ

    MonkeyNutZ Crysis Fiend

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    How thick are the aluminum sheets you're using & what are the dimensions of the box tubing?
    Oh, and is that a Lian-Li V300 mobo tray?

    Fantastic work, looking forward to more updates :thumb::clap:
     
  17. Teyber

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    you have a cordless drill? thats perfect for buffing... and b y power drill, do you mean drill press?

    looking forwards to next update
     
  18. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @HourBeforeDawn, you would be completely correct, they are all out, or leaning, some are straight, i cut them originally with the jigsaw and then filed them up, but they are still wonky looking, short of having them lasercut, thats the best i could do, my fingers were cramping under the tiny files i was using, i hope to one day have enough momey to have the whole thing lasercut to perfection, but that could be sometime aways. And thnx :)

    @radodrill, hand polishing isnt so bad, just very time consuming, but i have bought myself a power drill and polishing kit.

    @MonkeyNutZ, the alu is 2mm the tubing is 12mm x 12mm and the motherboard tray i stole out of an aspire case, umm, same case as ULTRA make, micro ATX board, didnt have enough confidence to make my own tray and the case was sitting there, so i used it. And thnx :)

    @Teyber, I have cordless drill, bench drill, now i have a hammer drill that ill be using for polishing - has variable speeds which is what im after and i bought a polishing kit too.
     
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    sethnmalice New Member

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    Have been doing alot of hand polishing and the although the progess is slow, the results are starting to show, but alas i have given in to the machine and brought myself a polishing kit and a elec drill, also my hands have been cramping.

    Today I spent some time with the MDF version, added more pieces to the overall design and also added a top fan area, the pics will speak for themselves, im not overly impressed with it and most likely will go back to a simple grill at the top, just to allow air to flow freely, with out fans roughly in the hard drive area.

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    Front Completed (there's alot of things lopsided or not correctly cut, these were fixed up in the alu version - thus the front dosnt represent the final product in alu)

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    Left Side

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    Right Side

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    This is where 2 x 120mm fans would sit, off the roof of the case would be followed by red acrylic, then the fans on top , around the edge, some mesh and then all of it covered with either red acrylic top or polished alu top

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    Side View

    More polishing to go and pics to follow as soon as im satisfied with the polish.

    Seth
     
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    sethnmalice New Member

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    Anyone out there checking out the thread, let me know in your honest opinion about the top fan thingy, im not happy with it myself, just makes the overal case look wrong, but id appreciate the feedback from any of you :)

    Seth
     

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