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Case Mod - In Progress NZXT Lexa -Experimental Modyssey - June 5 - new CCFL, lighting question

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ModMinded, 24 Oct 2008.

  1. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    You know what, you're right! I think I actually have a punch, nothing fancy, but something that came with my bit kit! Thanks for the reminder.
     
  2. h3llb3nd4

    h3llb3nd4 New Member

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    I have been following this mod since january...forgot when...
    Then I joined just so I can compliment on your work...
     
  3. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Thanks h3llb3nd4! I appreciate that and am honored!
     
  4. spenc259

    spenc259 in the build stage!!!

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    Hey MM those leds are looking nice! when drilling i just use the HSS bits. i have found that with the piece well clamed down and a slow speed you can get some good results! mind you i have some flex on the speed as i am drilling manually and the drill is on its lowest setting and i apply just a little pressure on the trigger! it seems to work for me!
     
  5. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Thanks for the compliment and the tips Spenc! I think going slowly and lightly is the key, even if you have the 'proper' bits! And using a pilot hole is great too. Check out the next update for more relevant drilling 'bits'.... ahem...
     
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  6. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Feb 18th Update - Plexi and Drilling

    Spent some time in the garage recently, and had lotsa fun with my plexi, drill press, an assortment of bits, and my video camera!

    First off, I started with a bunch of the plexi pieces I’d made and sanded to 400 and 500. Some had gone to 1000. Using a razor blade to scrape, and a small file and some sandpaper, I cleaned out some of the notches from the pieces bumping into the router bit and getting cut.
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    These I polished with my buffing wheel attachment.
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    (the hole-y one has not been sanded or polished recently)

    Brought ‘em back upstairs and stuck ‘em in the Lexa
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    I’d taken the Lexa to the cleaners (aka, stuck it outside in the rain, then washed more carefully in a sink with a microfiber cloth) so all the old grit and stuff was cleaned off. I created a little drying room in my alcove (where my only heater is) using my Macguyver Sense and some fabric. [​IMG]
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    Here are the options for the HD Bay:
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    And together:
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    A pile of plexi:
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    I also tried out the fan vibration isolation mounts:
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    Don’t really like those nubs hanging out there like that.

    And now… the videos of various bits and plexi testing!
    (see previous warning… :D )

    First… a taste of my hours and hours of sanding:


    A little comedy relief… America’s funniest home videos, here I come! (That fat guy on the unicycle going down the steps is gonna win, I can just tell!)


    I took the busted piece of wireloom and cut it down for practice earlier. This time I wanted to try the Forstner Bit!
    Pilot hole (HSS bit):

    Forstner Bit:


    I also tried out the Masonry and a larger Forstner bit, but those will have to wait for Youtube to finish uploading.


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    Masonry:


    You’ll note that the pilot was done quickly with a HSS, and then 2 different sizes of masonry bits were used. You may have noticed the wobble in the tip and shaft of the last bit. I couldn’t get it to smooth out, so I went ahead and drilled anyways :D I had that happen with the smaller bit, but was able to straighten it out, as you can see.

    Forstner Bit – Large


    This turned out great! I didn’t apply enough pressure at first, so it wasn’t biting and scraping, but did you see those long continuous sheets?! Plus I ended up with a nice little plexi disk from the edge tips of the bit cutting through the flipped hole.

    Pic of the scrap piece’s collected holes:
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    And the other side, with a drilled Cable Sandwich (that’s what I’m gonna be calling em from now on… I just realized that cable/wire looms are something else (Anyone ever use cableorganizer? (http://cableorganizer.com/wire-loom/)
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    Remind me to show you my new drill press jig I was building. You’ll see the fence part of it in the next video once that’s edited as well. (It’s basically the same as the last, but with a bigger fence and table surface, and no hole for a sanding drum. ;) )

    And you remember that I like feedback and tips!
    What do you think… are these videos worth the time spent on making em? By watching and editing this footage, I’ve stretched an hour’s work into 3 or 4 times that!
     
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  7. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    This has really come a long way mate, looking really good.
     
  8. PTModder

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    WOW...lots and lots of work... great job mate!
     
  9. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Thanks Guys!
     
  10. h3llb3nd4

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    Going great!
     
  11. SkyLord77

    SkyLord77 Use your teeth not a Dremel

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    You're doing a superb job! :thumb:

    I admire your patience with all this plexi. :clap:
     
  12. spenc259

    spenc259 in the build stage!!!

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    nice work on the plex... its always good to see someone else experimenting. i can take you tips and apply them without the trial and error of testing the bits!
     
  13. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Thanks for the compliments guys! Hopefully the mod turns out as nice as the experiments!
    @Spenc - yep, that's part of it... resource for you and me! Anything to save time and/or a buck. ;)
    Sounds like you guys are saying the vidz are good and to keep em coming... okie dokie.
     
  14. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    I'm impressed! I test software when I'm not retired and I like the attitude of 'let's try this. or that didn't work so how about?'

    Plexi can be a very unforgiving medium. When I first started with plexi, I was making protein skimmers for upscale fish tank. I was lucky since most of them were never seen. I like to look at your work.

    Oh, and nubs sticking out is really not advisable in the colder months. [​IMG]

    john
     
  15. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Thanks John! I do helpdesk type work for a living, so the patience and "hmmm... well... let's try this" comes naturally! (or at least is hard won, and deeply ingrained!)

    lol @ the nubs... Especially my nubs... there's others I could think of that I wouldn't mind so much. :D
     
  16. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    The forum front page says this is for you:

    Happy Birthday!

    john
     
  17. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    I made the front page! :lol:
    Thanks John!
     
  18. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    You're still teaching me a lot about working with plexi...thanks! Still looking great. Keep it up!
     
  20. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Any updates mate?
     

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