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Case Mod - In Progress Project: J. Le. Quickie Mod

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by THEkorean, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. THEkorean

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    Before people kill me, I assure you I'm still working on Gearbox just been busy with school and getting into college (going to UC Berkeley this fall :thumb: ) . But I got some raw materials the other day so Gearbox will be updated over my spring break (Starting next week).

    Ok now on to the mod. This is a quickie mod for my girlfriend who's birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. She needs a computer and I have some old parts lying around so I decided to build her one. The only thing I bought was a Coolermaster Centurion real cheap from the local shop.
    Im shooting for simplicity and elegance here.
    On the top panel is going to be a cutout of a tribal flower with her initials. then I'm going to back it with frosted plexi and light it with a few LEDs. Simple and elegant no? Here are the pics:
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    Popped off the top panel:
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    This is the design I'm going to be using:
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    Drawn onto the panel (reversed so I can cut from the inside out):
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    Now I gotta dremel or scroll saw it really.. carefully.... starting tomorrow hopefully.

    Stay tuned for updates :)
     
  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The scroll saw will totally mangle the line in the center of the petals. -In fact, you might need to dremel MOST of it. That's a really delicate pattern.
     
  3. THEkorean

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    Thanks for the tip, I was having doubts about the scrollsaw too. I'll keep that in mind
     
  4. _-..zKiLLA..-_

    _-..zKiLLA..-_ What's a Dremel?

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    wow man good luck cutting it out, how bit is it? u cant really tell in the picture, maybe like 2 widths of tape, not sure
     
  5. Scirocco

    Scirocco Boobs, I have them, you lose.

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    That's a neat design, it should look great if you take it slow and easy with cutting. No doubt she'll love it.
     
  6. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Nice design. Almost like a tat. Cool
    John
     
  7. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice What's a Dremel?

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    coaping saw might be a better and safer option, looks intricate.
     
  8. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    +1 if its aluminum.
    If its steel, well, hope its thin steel.

    Design looks nice, intricate, but still small and simple.
     
  9. THEkorean

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    the design is about as large as my clenched fist and I cut 13 of it with the dremel. It didnt come out perfectly clean but it wasnt bad either (I'll upload the picture later because Im not home right now) I might have to invest in a coping saw for the even smaller sections.
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Files will work better than a coping saw. You don't have to take them apart every 30 seconds.
     
  11. THEkorean

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    @ jhanlon303:
    haha, it's because it is a tat: google search = tribal flower > links to a tatoo shop

    @500mph:
    It is steel :( but I beat it :) . Btw I'm going to take your hat and you cant come after me because there is not submarine sized body of water near me. Eat it

    @Cheapskate:
    Figured that out through trial and error haha. Thanks for the tip anyways, helpful and always

    Update:
    I took to the pannel with the dremel and standard cutting disks. 20 disks and a crapload of dust later I have something like this:
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    I didn't bother attempting the smaller curly things because were insanely hard to cut to begin with.
    (NOTE: if you are planning to do this with a dremel like me, save the disks once they get small, those are very useful for tight turns and corners.)

    I filed the edges (took freaking forever as the panel turns out to be steel and not aluminum as I thought). Then I cut a rectangular sheet of plexi real quick, frosted it with 150 > 400 grit paper and masking taped it to the back to see what it looked like:
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    Not too bad

    Things left to do:
    -Wire up LEDs
    -Instal a switch for the LEDs
    -Stealth the CD drive

    Oh and if you are wondering about the specs, its an old P4 machine that I had received as payment for a system assembly (from a friend) with parts scavenged from and old HP PC and other used parts:
    3.0 Intel P4 processor + Zalman CPU cooler
    512 MB of DDR RAM
    2x 80 GB hard drives
    CD-RW drive
    Coolermaster Centurion case
    420W Foxconn PSU

    Total cost of mod: ~$60
     
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  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    You might need to put the plexi on top to keep the points from snagging clothes/stabbing your GF. Don't give her a reason to be pissed at you.:D
     
  13. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Those cuts look great. I must say you pulled it off quite well.
    Cheapskate has the right idea. Mad girlfriends are no fun.

    Sudo give me my hat back
     
  14. THEkorean

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    @Cheapskate and 500mph:
    Shiet! you guys are so right but im an idiot and already riveted the panel back on. Oh well.. I guess Ill just tell her to be realyl careful and hope for the best.

    Btw wheres what it looks like with LEDs in the dark:
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