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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Server and Gaming Case

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Spotswood, 14 Apr 2011.

  1. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I spent a full day squaring up the case frame, squaring joints, re-aligning joints etc. in preparation of fastening the sheeting.

    The steps I use to attach a sheet are:
    • Drill a hole in the sheet.
    • Use the hole in the sheet to guide the drill bit for the hole in the frame.
    • Thread the frame hole.

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    • Countersink the sheet hole.

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    The case with the inner front, bottom and lower back panels attached.

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  2. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    My client selected some nice low-profile casters (with 2-inch wheels) which I mounted right away since the case is all nice and square.

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    Three of the #8-32 stainless steel bolts were screwed directly into the frame via hand tapped holes.

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  3. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Coming along well and looking sweeeet :D
     
  4. Yeoo

    Yeoo Active Member

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    such nice work on this, Kudos!
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Nice. That last pic looks like some kind of weapon for delivering refrigerated wine.

    -sorry. My brain is somewhere else...
     
  6. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I attached the .1-inch thick side and front panels with 6 stainless steel flat head socket cap screws. The front panel extends past the tops of the side panels by .10-inch in order to hide the top's front edge.

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    The process to attach the panels is:
    • Drill pilot holes along the edges of the panel
    • Clamp the panel to frame and use the pilot holes to drill tap holes into the frame
    • Remove the panel and tap the frame holes
    • Countersink the panel holes

    The side panels extend past the top of the frame by the thickness of the hinge. These will later be scribed and cut to length along the back of the case.

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  7. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Freaking awesome beast of a rig Rich :).

    I hope your client already bought the hdd's for this, would cost a fortune to fill this up now :(.
     
  8. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I made the top back plate for three 120mm exhaust fans. Once the back was completed I was then able to scribe and trim the sides to their final depth.

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  9. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    1+ ! :D
     
  10. voigts

    voigts New Member

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    I've been wondering where you have been Rich. Keep at it.
     
  11. peteski

    peteski long live the pc

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    sweet looking build mate and love your skills :rock: :rock: :rock:
     
  12. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    The hinge for the top was cut slightly undersized and centered with a some old business cards used as spacers.

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    Dimples of aluminum had to be removed from the frame in order to make room for the nuts holding the top sheet to the hinge.

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    With only a 2.5mm gap between the leaves of the hinge, button head cap screws were used to attach the hinge to the frame.

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    The hinge aligns perfectly with the top sheet, which in turn aligns with the back sheet. :rock:

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  13. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    On the bottom of the case, a large slot was cutout which will allow fresh air to enter the front air duct. Following standard operating procedures, a router pattern/template was made at the same size as the desired opening.

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    The aluminum was removed with my trusty handheld router in two passes, once with a over-hanging pattern bit and another with a flush-cutting pattern bit.

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  14. dream1

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    SO far looks great:)
     
  15. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Up next is fabricating a duplicate of the 120mm back fan panel, but for 140mm fans. This time I had Lazerwerx cut me a custom 140mm fan hole router template out of 3/8-inch thick cast acrylic.

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    This template is a snap to use: mark center lines and lay the corresponding slits cutout from the template over them.

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  16. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    The latches for the top are these nice "lift and turn" ones:

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    The latches require a fairly small area to be cutout, with only about a 2mm "lip", so I built a very accurate router template from some leftover t-slot extrusion:

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  17. AverageNinja

    AverageNinja Almost an EpicNinja

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    I really like this project so far. Great work!
     
  18. mindfulone

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    Amazing work. :jawdrop: Is it silly to think of this as complex simplicity? That is how I view it. Complex for those of us who do not have the skills, but your delivery and ease of explanation makes it seem very simple. :clap:

    Thanks for sharing, and sub'd :thumb:


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  19. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks for the positive comments!



    Drilled two 19mm holes for the vandal resistant switches (power and reset/hard drive activity).

    Using such a large bit (step drill) is a bit nerve racking for me, but with an extra large work surface and some clamps, I manged to get through it.

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    Switches!

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  20. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    During final assembly (before paint) some rework is inevitable. With this case, early on in the build, it was widened to accommodate the front radiators. But I never went back to see if the PSU mounting bracket worked/looked okay. Plus, I never tested the PSU cutout from the back sheet with the the actual PSUs used for the build. Well, the cutout in the backsheet for the PSUs had to be widened by 3mm in order to clear the fan grill on the PSU cooling fan. And the PSU mounting plate looked to dainty and needed to be widened.

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    And with the old PSU mounting bracket placed in front of the new one:

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