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Case Mod - In Progress Hold My Beer ...

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Osgeld, 14 Oct 2019.

  1. Osgeld

    Osgeld Active Member

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    Hold My Beer Episode 10: FLOOR IT!

    The floor of this computer case needs an upgrade, its stamped "metal" of some sort with plenty of holes and divots and clips n stuff for items I wont need ... and its stock, who needs that...

    I had an extra chunk of plastic from a screw up on "project dolphin", which BTW is ongoing but in the background, that happened to fit the floor space of this machine quite well. The end was trimmed to length and fitted into place

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    Clear plexi is not that interesting I was thinking I wanted something green down there, but I do not want to spend money. Looking around the house I saw this green T-shirt from instructables.com that I had won as part of a BBQ contest, perfect! Green and Free!

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    Using some spray adhesive I proceeded to "upholster" the plexiglass with a T-shirt

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    Now I have a tidy green floor to match my plywood paneling :)

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    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    @Nexxo - Don't give him ideas!
     
  4. Osgeld

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    drat I cant see the picture

    ah there it goes, yes I got some corn flakes around here somewhere
     
  5. Osgeld

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    Hold My Beer Episode 11: Windwers

    Been a week or so, been exploring new to me idea's, been reworking and rethinking ideas. One of those was how to add a large side panel window into a baby AT case.

    After doing some "careful" measurements I came to a couple conclusions. I could make a side window in a nice and safe size, which blocks a part of the video card, and the edge of the beer bottle res. Or ... I could be stupid and maximize the window leaving very little room for mistakes ...

    Gee golly guess what I did?

    The safe bet is 1 inch (25.4mm) from the edges, screw that, I marked out 3/4 inch from the edges (19mm) darn well knowing that I would over cut that, and not accounting for the bend radius nor the thickness of the case sheet metal. Add onto that the internal framework, which is in contact with the shell, extends a tad over 1/2 inch (aka 13 mm) and the tolerance stack-up means I have about 1/16th (or 1.6mm) to fit a side panel window without crashing.

    Marking that garbage up I then proceeded to drill a hole

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    Then took the power sheers I recently got at a second hand tool store to the side of the case (OMG you have to get these if you can)

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    Sheet of plexi was cut to size, put into place and tacked at the corners with acrylic hot melt glue

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    Every bubba's friend, black RTV silicone was applied to hold the panel in place, as clamping pressure I placed my damn near 70lb granite block on it ... cause its heavy and big

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    Using off cuts from the case and the acrylic I tried a couple samples of RTV + plexi + metal case, and they all looked like hot garbage from the outside ... then it dawned on me that I have a long section of plastic T moulding, that gives me a smooth straight edge with the profile I was wanting. The T part of the T moulding was sliced off with a razor knife, giving me a flat convex profile I wanted, and that was cut at 45 degree angles to fit, and taped down. Tape was positioned so the parts could be flipped back, and RTV applied.

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    This gave me the smooth look I wanted, while filling the gap tween the plexi and the metal case and didn't look like a hawt mess, once things were dry I knifed and scrapped the excess and gave it its first cleaning.

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  6. Osgeld

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    for whatever reason the forums no longer allow me to post images larger than 512 in on direction so tiny pictures I guess (usually I post 1024x512ish)
     
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  7. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The image hosting has been a little picky since the software migration. You could try raising the .jpg compression to lower the file size.
    Metal shears: If it's a really old unit, there could be felt-filled holes for oil. A lot of old tools failed because they used bushings instead of bearings.
     
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