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Modding Small Scratch Build

Discussion in 'Modding' started by ccworld, 17 May 2009.

  1. ccworld

    ccworld What's a Dremel?

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    I've had an Intel Atom board with 1 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive sitting on the shelf for over a year. It's been running as a light network server at my house. Mainly file storage, torrents, and DHCP. Though I was really starting to get nervous with it sitting on the shelf out in the open. So over the past four months I've built a small aluminum and plexi case.

    The case is approximately 12in x 8in x 5in ignoring the fan on top (that adds 1.5 in). The sides and top are made of smoked 1/4 plexi and the bottom is solid black plexi. I gave the angle aluminum a brushed look to hide the tooling marks. It contains a mATX board w/ 1 stick of RAM, a 3.5" HDD, and a modded mATX PSU. I still need to rewire most of the components, attach the LED strip, find a smaller SATA cable, touch up some of the outside parts, and find some feet.

    I was too distracted and impatient during the actual build to take pictures, but I've got a few now. I'll take some better ones when I get more batteries for the camera and fix the settings again.

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    In real life it is easier to see inside and the LED's are white not blue.

    Comments and suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Monkey Puzzle

    Monkey Puzzle Minimodder

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    Looks good. :) How does the air get out of the case?
     
  3. SkiDave

    SkiDave Minimodder

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    That looks really cool! How long did it take?
     
  4. ccworld

    ccworld What's a Dremel?

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    @Monkey Puzzle - There's a row of holes on the back and right side 0.5in from the bottom. It's an effort to get air to pass over the HDD.

    @DAVEtheRAVE - I got most of the parts the last week of Janurary and worked when I could up to the end of March when I run out of funding. Last week I finally got the last few things and finished it. Maybe 100 hours of work? Plexi and metal are basically new materials to me and I have a limited selection of tools. I shattered the first back panel I made. :grr:
     
  5. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Looks good, and the fan grill goes along well with the theme.
    Any chance of seeing the insides?
     
  6. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Small and neat. I like this one a lot. Gives me ideas.

    john
     
  7. ccworld

    ccworld What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks guys. :)

    I'll probably open her up tomorrow to cleanup the wiring some. I'll take a few interior shots then.
     
  8. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    love the aluminium joins, great work
     
  9. mod job

    mod job never leave unsupervised

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    really like the compact case , it's got an industrial look about it . nice work .
    i know what you mean when you said " I was too distracted and impatient during the actual build to take photos " i was the same !
     
  10. Metz

    Metz Chicks dig dremels!

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    I like that, simple and purposful, nothing wasted, but still has shiney things !! Good work :)
     
  11. Rkiver

    Rkiver Cybernetic Spine

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    That is one beautiful little case. It's simple, clean cut and works.
     
  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I like. It looks tough.
    What do you have to do to get inside it, though?
     
  13. ccworld

    ccworld What's a Dremel?

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    @Oreon - The joins were a pain but I didn't think I could get compound 45 degree cuts on the aluminum to look good. To easy to be off 5* and screw up the corner completely.

    @Metz - I was originally going to paint the frame green but it just looked too nice. I gave it a light brushed look with sandpaper and sprayed it with some clear.

    @Cheapskate - Oh, I only need to remove 20 screws.

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  14. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    :lol: Only 20. If you had a solid state drive you could play catch with it.
     
  15. mnpctech

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    Nice work! I love socket screws too :D
     
  16. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I do this with my Dell Mini 9.
    I also jog with it as my mp3 player.
     

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