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Scratch Build – In Progress Temporary name: Bloo Balls --6-29-'11 Bloo 2.0 refit COMPLETED page 47

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Cheapskate, 3 Jun 2007.

  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Ok, I'm Back. It looks like Rit Whitener & Brightener really is a white UV dye.
    The problem is, it makes everything blue-ish. This pic was taken under a blacklight. -Without it the hoses look alike.
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    So still no true UV red parts...
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    -Started doing some cutting for my bending jig. Look at it buuurnn! :naughty: I took this pic after the smoke cleared. My router and blades were purchased in the early '70s. It may be time to get some new blades...
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    -Cutting a backplate for my on switch. I realized my drivebays might need another anchor-point besides the base. so this will hook up to the top somehow. I cut off the extra paper to protect my guide marks from getting messed up. I used a Roto-zip with an ordinary 1/8" drill bit, because spiral-saw blades chew plexi up.
     
  2. Cheapskate

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    Well, I'm stuck waiting for the heat gun to arrive. I can't continue without one. In the meantime, I'm stuck doing little stuff.
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    -A preivew of the on switch assembly...
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    -I found a great (free) fillport option. These came from an old resturaunt soda station syrup canister. The only problem is that they appear to be a non-standard pipe thread. I plan to make something that will fit out of nylon.
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    -Trying to make a mold using gasket sealer. I forgot that this stuff can stick to oily surfaces, so this was a spectacular failure...I need to come up with a layer of SOMETHING that will keep it from sticking.
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    -Made mounting holes for the cd drive bay. I also can't continue on this 'til I get my tile saw back.:sigh:
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    -I needed to order a mill bit, so I went ahead and purchased a BIG penny for the waterblock. Once again, McMaster shipped cheap and in 3 days.
     
  3. Cheapskate

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    My heat gun came in...
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    -This is my finished bending jig. It's without a doubt the worst built thing I have ever made. I covered the curve with aluminum flashing.
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    -bent.
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    -I think I should have heated it longer. I ended up with some uneven spots. If I cover the edges, no one will notice...
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    -Working out where to cut off the excess was a pain. I still don't know if I was right.
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    -cutting this oddball was also troublesome. I can't wait to get this under my drill press.:waah:
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    -Ended the day by fitting the front rivets. The next step is to finish the top frame. -Then I can trim the corners off the sides.
     
  4. Cheapskate

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    Finally! something case-like...

    Let me just start by saying that the engine parts-WC experiment is off. I figured out that the radiator I found was actually the AC coil for my Falcon. I thought it was gone forever, so when I found it I assumed it was for something else...
    Sorry, it's going back in the car!:rock:
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    -This is the stuff I used to polish up the aluminum frame. I thought it deserved a mention.
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    -cut and mounted the top frame.
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    -I have an interesting buckle in the top/front part. My cuts for the bottom and back are too long by a millimeter. The top part will be covered, and the front will hopefully be fixed by the 2nd frontplate.
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    -The side reinforcement/decoration. I'm using a lot of elements I used on Hypnotoad. -these are so I can countersink the side screws.
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    -Sanding forever on the curves.
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    -The top reinforcement. The hatched area is what needs to be cut out.
     
  5. Cheapskate

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    I fixed the sticking silicone problem for my mold. I sprayed the drive face with a modelling lacquer before I stuck it in the goo. To get it out I just soaked it in rubbing alcohol. -no pics though...
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    -I tried out my new mill bit by fluting the 'tailfins'. Sorry for the blurry pic.
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    -glued the bottom flanges on the side plates. I figured out you need to add a little LAKE of solvent on the area to be fused. Rather than shrinking like acetone, this glue seems to expand the plastic to fill in gaps.(It's hard to explain...)
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    -I used some glass to make a proper fit while gluing.
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    -Cutting holes for the access screws and countersinking.
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    -This is what I have so far. I'm stuck here 'til I get my tile saw back...
     
  6. SPQQKY

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    How's that tile saw work on acrylic? I have a few dry and wet saws for tile, but didn't think they would work.
     
  7. Cheapskate

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    I woudn't try dry cutting. It would probably glaze the blade.(or melt.:eeek:) The edge I get with a diamond blade is better than what I would get with a table saw.(no chipping either.) It's easier to line up the cut with the smooth blade edge. Because the blade is exactly 1/16", I was able to figure in the loss When I ordered my precut sheets.

    Tile saws work on polyprophelene and acrylic, but NOT on polycarbonate/lexan.
    -Also, the older the blade, the cleaner the cut.
     
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    Thanks, that's great info and saves me some money and headache.
     
  9. Cheapskate

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    Glad to know I could help someone!
     
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    wowowo very nice work man I missed that work damm me :(

    but I like it man you doing good job keep it up like this :) good luck
     
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    Thanks CK! I have been expecting you:naughty:

    I don't trust my luck, so I re-check my notes and marks constantly. I also learned from the mistakes of the 2 previous builds.(TONS of mistakes...)
     
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    yup buddy.. sorry to miss your work :( but I read all threads from the Subscriptions list ( all threads I posted ) but now I go to the forums and see ;)

    any way yeah I don't trust my luck too ;) re-check every thing 10000 time ;) I missed alot on my projects ( 3 of them and my current one ) :(

    any way take care and work nice like this
     
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    looks great man keep it up!!

    This is another one im keeping my eye on :D
     
  14. Cheapskate

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    Thanks!

    I've been doing little stuff like sanding and polishing...
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    -Say hello to my ghetto lathe. I wanted grind down and polish my stainless fillport. After grinding I used 100 grit sandpaper, then BonAmi on a 3m pad, then finished up with the Dupont polishing compound.
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    -before/after pic. It's still pretty beat up.
     
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    Serious Mayhem...

    Just before a major storm blew in,(again) My cousin kindly dropped off the tile saw. I promptly put it to good use.
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    -Here I'm trimming up the motherboard backplate.
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    -The blade is so dull it wouldn't cut the bottom paper backing, but it left a REALLY smooth cut. The bottom edges are with the yellow tilesaw(new blade). The top edges are this saw. I don't need to sand!:D
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    -When cutting out a corner, you can tilt the piece to square the edge. (this is as close as I can get to an action shot.)
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    -The edge of the plastic for the waterblock. You gotta love a chunk of plastic you can stand on edge. This stuff may end up being TOO massive for the board. I may crack the mobo at this rate...
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    -Just showing off my paper thin 'loss'.
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    Now I have a big pile of stuff to mess with. -resevoir tank, front spacers, trimmed up drive bays, mobo backplate, waterblock cover, and a block for my on switch. The rest of the cutting will wait 'till I get a new blade.
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    -Finishing up the night with cd bay assembly.
     
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    As soon as I could I got out and bought a new blade.
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    -Here I'm using a block of wood to keep my cut squared up. I had to finish curved part with the rotozip.
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    -Rotozip with improvised speed controller. In my opinion this works better than having the contoller on the tool. (Cheaper too!:D I just scavenged stuff from the garage.)
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    -a demonstration of the glass glue guide.:rolleyes:
    I set up the offset...
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    -part goes here...
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    -90% finished outside. Remember those hats in the '80's with the wings?:eyebrow: This thing is looking kinda 'Marty Mcfly'. I knew it was going to be flashy, but not fruit-loopy!:duh:
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    -I did a rough check of the internal layout. It looks like I have room for everything but a 120mm radiator. I hope 80mm Is enough- I really don't want to cut a hole in the baseplate.
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    -This setup is to glue the reservoir lid. If it's slightly rotated, the whole rig will hook to one side.
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    -DUUUUDE! I made a bong!
    ...Just leak testing, honest! Because the closest fit for a marble I could find was still 1/4" too small, I had to glue little shims inside the tube for the on switch.
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    -I needed to strengthen the base of the drive bay. When the sides are off I need something to support the rest of the case. I chopped up some of the neat scraps I had for this...
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    -Pimp my drive(bay.)
     
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    Kinda looks like the FTD Flower guy...lol.

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    I love all the work you've put into this and the "ghetto" set up's for working out your cuts. It shows a lot of imagination and inginuity. Keep up the good work.
     
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    nice mode and really great work with all that acrylic
    i like the wing on the case too but they remind me somehow on the ends of the old cadillacs :eeek:


    "The Flower guy" looks more like hermes from the greek mythology
     
  19. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    wow looking really good
     
  20. Cheapskate

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    Thanks everyone. The Mercury theme was no mistake -but I should have changed my design when I had to change the colors... I was going for the look of an art deco streamliner locomotive, and ended up with Soul Train!
    @SPQQKY- Thanks, I've spent years working as a professional 'afro-engineer.' I have to fix what people break, and on the cheap!
     

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