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Case Mod - In Progress Project: NBnO Nismo's Black'n'Orange |june 28, pretty much done|

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by nismo299, 28 Feb 2008.

  1. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    This is my first worklog so go easy on me :D

    I have been modding for a couple of years now but mostly it has been this cases that I do in one or two days just because it is fun modding but now I have decided to do a kind of thought out project that will take som time.
    Also my main language isn't English so it will probobly be some spelling mistaes here and there, Photos might be blurry too depending on wich camera I use and its kind of dark in my basement.

    So let's start shall we?

    The start of this mod is this case that my father thought I might like so he brought it home, now this wasn't a regular case no it was a rack mounted robot controlling system wich is pretty small it can take a mATX motherboard and a HDD and one really small PSU so it needed change.
    I want it to go from this:
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    To this:
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    The PSU will go in the extra compartment that im building on the top of the case and maybe another HDD holder.

    This is where I will mod:
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    This place needed to be cleaned:
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    Heres the inside of the case note the cage thingy theres where the hardrive is mounted:
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    Blurry close shot:
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    This is what I did first:
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    Since it was damaged and looked bad I dremeled it away:
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    Then i needed to remove the HDD cage so I can paint it:
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    Since these ground connections won't be needed I decided to cut them off to:
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    Cut:
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    cut again:
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    These fan cable holders needed to be cut off before paint too:
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    Now that I was ready for paint i masked it up and started painting:
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    More layers:
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    HDD cage:
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    All parts back in:
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    And because all of this was done inside this it how it looked everywhere inside my paintbooth :eek: :
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    The state of the art paint booth:
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    The orange peel isn't that bad in real life and since the inside of the case will be lit up by orange L.E.Ds it won't look bad, the outside will be black as you might have noted and the paint there will have to look good, really good so i will have to wetsand it and all that:(

    This was a couple of hours work and there will be more, stay tuned.
     
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  2. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Black and orange - my favorite colors. I'm in. Watching this one.
    John
     
  3. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I'm interested as to where this goes.
    So why did you remove the cross slats on the PCI slots?
     
  4. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    They were already removed so I cut the pointy parts away and filed them down.
     
  5. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    update feb 29

    It's time for update number 2 and this time it's cutting:

    This is what I will be building most of the top compartment out of:
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    More measuring for the curved bits:
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    I will be cutting the metal with a hacksaw that is placed in my workmate like this:
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    This gives much more control when cutting curved parts and all cutting for that matter.

    For this I used my old metal blade since the Bi-metal blade doesn't work that well:
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    First cuts:
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    Moving on to the smaller bits and peices:
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    Next I needed to make some kind of a frame for the metal to be mounted to:
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    Test fitted to the case:
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    And to make the cleaning easy I took some of this really thin plastic meant for putting on the floors while you paint (same plastic as in my paint booth):
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    Now I dont have to clean up at all :D

    Also you don't need state of the art tools for it to work just look at my tools that i use :p :
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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Your tools aren't so much old as badly neglected. Get some oil on them!!!
    I like the concept design. It has a natural 'hood ornament' look.
     
  7. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    I rendered my sketchup drawings to get a better look of the thing, and I thought I would upload them here for you to see:
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    And the tools are infact old AND badly neglected, the file with no handle had a wooden (homemade, the first one broke too) handle that broke bacause it was X years old (X= really OLD) and the other files handle is held on by masking tape (I gotta epoxy that some day.... some day...) :p
    It's just that they have been in my garage and it is very humid in there, and to be honest have been outside from time to time.
    I've even left powertools outside thinking i'll just get them tomorrow and of course it would rain on those nights, not that they broke or anything it just can't be good for them.
    The tool god will kill me for this!
     
  8. Xtrafresh

    Xtrafresh It never hurts to help

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    wow dude, nice designs, ill definately stick around to see if you can pull it off :D

    oh, and welcome to a brother in arms on the badly neglected tool department :clap:
     
  9. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    I don't know about neglect, but the jig saw in my G5 mod came with me from Iowa in 1980! It's the ancestor model from Black and Decker.
    Don't mind Cheapskate - this is a human who rock tumbles his JUNK clean! LMAO!
    John
     
  10. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Update!

    Heres the next update!

    Iv'e made some more of these and filed them:
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    Starting to rivet them to the case:
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    Now this part didn't fit so I had to make it fit:
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    After that I needed to mark the the metal plates to know where i should drill:
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    After that came the drilling (with super awesome action shot! :p)
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    Drilled and riveted to the case:
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    Next I needed a hole for the cables to come through:
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    Drilled:
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    Hacksawed:
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    I didn't file this because it would take forever so I used this:
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    After the sanding:
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    This is the fans that came with the case (2):
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    Papst! I'll be using them

    Also kinda bonus pic:
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    That was my filter when I painted the case as you can see it didn't work at all:wallbash:
    and yes it is a mess in my basement from all my other projects and stuff :)
     
  11. theAlien

    theAlien I know what a Dremel is....

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    very good 92mm Papst fans ......
    powerfull (should push ~55cfm@12v ) but not extremly loud.

    I'll be watching this build :thumb:


    Alan
     
  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Love your tools. The older ones are better built an more likely to last. (Although I've had to swap out some old cloth wrapped power cords.) The only old power tool I've lost was a miter saw that was picked up off the highway. The motor housing was cracked and I didn't repair it properly.

    I'd recommend you switch to an ultrafine point sharpie pen. Your accuracy will drastically improve.:D
     
  13. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Mini update

    Today I didn't have any good batteries so instead of taking pictures of the unfinished thing I waited and took a picture of this:
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    Kind of a boring update I know but it's better than nothing :)
     
  14. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Update

    Update march 4
    The front

    Measuring:
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    First cut with jigsaw:
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    Seccond:
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    Now I needed to file it to look better and not being that sharp and for this I used a stainless steel plate thingy because it almost impossible och do anything to it, It is used as a guide to make the aluminium straight and nice:
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    The smallest ever:
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    I kept hitting my head in this clamps :( I need to find the smaller ones:
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    Looks nice:
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    Testing it on the case:
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    Yeah I need to clean the basement :/
     
  15. ednismod

    ednismod Minimodder

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    Looking good! Keep it up!
     
  16. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Update time

    Well, let's see what we have today.

    I needed to mark where I should drill the holes for the faceplate and thread the holes:
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    Taped:
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    Measured and marked:
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    Drilled, tapped and using temporary spacers made from at cut pen:
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    Next I cut this two strips from the leftover alu:
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    Since one of them was bigger than the other one I needed to file it down (about 0,5cm) im using the same stainless steel plate as before to give it a nice straght edge:
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    Done:
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    Next I needed to bend them to fit, to do this I used a filler bucket to make the bends nice and even:
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    Testfitted with tape:
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    This is all I got this time, please comment and give suggestions etc.
     
  17. craigbru

    craigbru Cramming big things in small boxes since 2006

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    Nice metalworking man!
     
  18. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Update

    I started to build some more on the top part of the case.

    Measuring (it says 8cm the picture is blurry):
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    Marking it up on the mesh I have decided to use:
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    Testfitting it on the case:
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    Next up is the front peice and fitting it all together without tape.
     
  19. Yemerich

    Yemerich I can has PERSUADETRON?

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    Nice work going on here, and nice worklog.

    BTW, it's not how old your tools are, it's how you use them that counts! ;)

    I doubt you have any tool older than my 1946 Stanley square ruller. I don't use it anymore not because it's too old, but because it's too big :)
     
  20. nismo299

    nismo299 Apply goggles to avoid eye removal

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    Update Time

    Time for another update.

    This time its safety first for me with this!:
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    Since the old one was orange on the inside(!) since the last time I painted:
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    Now, some stuff that I have bought.

    Supplies for more painting, wetsanding, filling and epoxying:
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    The button that I bought from China (bulgin style anti-vantal switch but smaller i think):
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    More stuff from China (Leds, resistors and led holders):
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    Let's get some modding going, shall we?

    Marking out some aluminium strips that will be used to put the top compartment together:
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    Bending the alu strips (Half-life style):
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    Drilling:
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    Marking the other side:
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    Testfitting the alu piece:
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    All done:
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    Drilled holes in the bent alu pieces:
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    Riveting:
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    Now I needed a piece for the front to do this I had to be creative and this is what I came up with:
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    Nothing more this time, as I said before please comment :thumb:
     
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