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Case Mod - In Progress WHiTE radio

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by derbaum, 20 Aug 2007.

  1. derbaum

    derbaum New Member

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    on this years IFA (berlin), there´s a new category for mods: modded consumer electronics or just "ce-mods". terratec was kind enough to supply interested modders with their noxon i-radio for free. i was interested !:twisted:

    time´s very short so i chose a very conservative design. the shape of the radio stays nearly untouched but ill change some of the original materials to get a more precious look.
    plans for the case :
    - walnut veneer instead of plexiglass
    - alu-buttons
    - speakerguard made of 6mm alubars
    - all silver-grey parts painted white
    - rounding the edges with a shaper

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    qucik work with sketchup. dimensiosn are just appreciated. the speaker is a bit smaller in the original but that wont change the design in general. ill just scale it down.

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    this package arrived last week

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    mhh the radio is not that ugly but it´s definitly not a beauty. i dont like the "silvergreyiwishicouldberealalu" paintjobs. the used plastic tells me " i was made in china ..and i am cheap!". maybe this sounds like the iradio is just a piece of *#?$ but that wasnt my intentions. this little voices from china whisper from nearly all electronics on todays markets ( i know it´s my own fault .. i wouldnt buy the same product if they take 100 extra bucks for some real metal bling bling)

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    cleaning up

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    i found some nice veneer . not 100% shure, but it looks very much like walnut
    anyway it looks exactly like the material i had in mind

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    the colours get closer to the final, painted , look when the wood gets wet.
    this wasnt just for a better look, i needed to press it. after at least 50 years of several attics you could ride a big wave contest on it

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  2. alonso_bistro

    alonso_bistro I'm just looking

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    good idea , can't wait to see how this will turn
     
  3. RonaldoR9

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    cool ideea
     
  4. Teyber

    Teyber ******

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    great idea! maybe... dare i say it... Re-make part of the case from brushed or polished aluminum? just replicate the top part or something?
     
  5. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    very sexy veneer :)
    So basically you're just going to mod the exteriors?
    Good luck with the mod, the plans are looking promising. How about some carbon love? ;)
     
  6. derbaum

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    @ teyber .. thought of that but thin metal as part of a box? i was afraid that will sound like a tincan

    @ssr yah i am a bit ashamed of just modding the exteriors. i just have 2 weeks to do this box and a lot of other stuff to do. when doing the concept i didnt even had a clue of how the box looks inside.
    future projects will be more ambitious, i promise!
    p.s.: no, no cf. i dont want to concentrate to just one material, there´s so much interesting stuff in the craftsuniverse. on this project i try to work with veneer , the next case will be totally different. maybe ill head back to cf some time ( hehe already plans for that ^^) but that´s so far in the future, dont nail me on that.

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    to cut the wood i did a mask first. makes is much easier to fit it to the box.

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    still a lot work until everything fits perfectly

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    i started with the speakerhole. the marks give me hints where i need to sand and file a bit more

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    done ..

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    veneer done so lets start with rounding the corners. ill use this shape.

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    before i apply the veneer, i prepared as much as possible
    bondo, sanding .. paint

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  7. derbaum

    derbaum New Member

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    todays topic is the grill for the speaker. step one: doin masks for cuttin the alu.

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    i cutted the 6mm sheet with a jigsaw. the aliminium looks really ugly but it was cheap ^^

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    i guess there´s a lot of work to do until it fits the sketchup model from my first post

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    to get the right diameter i added 5mm plywood sheets. 5mm plywood + glue+ paper is nearly 6mm

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    after glueing everything together i sanded the base. the whole block will be glued to another wooden sheet and that connection needs to be strong.

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    glueing the grill right in the center of this would be quite difficult

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    some circles help a lot

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    we´re spinnin round round like a record baby ...

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    done ..
     
  8. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    speaker grille looks good!

    as for the plastic of the box, replacing it with metal could indeed make it sound, as you say, like a tin can. You could always get some thin alu and glue that to the plastic?
     
  9. ice-tea

    ice-tea Mr.PC-Max

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    very nice bäumchen :D :thumb:
    you know, I love your work
     
  10. derbaum

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    that would be an option .. anyone with an idea how to get the rounded corners on the metal ? i mean a 3 dimensional rounded corner, not just simple bending. ive just little experience in cold forming of aluminium and that sounds really difficult although the look would be awesome.
     
  11. DragonONE

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    Nice one :)

    Just curious - hoping to understand your technique to manufacture the speaker grill - you glue the parts together (alu bars and spacing materials), then glue them on an plate in order to spin it. i think i got that part.. but what do you use for rounding the subject? Are you using sanding paper, chisel, other woodcutting tools, or something completely different?

    Keep up the good work :)
     
  12. KaotiK

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    If Carbon Fever is anything to go by this project is gona be worth watching. Nice work so far :thumb:
     
  13. derbaum

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    @ dragon: you got it all right. the tool i used to cut,was an ordinary steel normally used for cuttin metal on a "normal" lathe. these steels are very short (~ 8cm) because they are mounted on a stable platform and with a lot of big screws. when turning wood you dont have these paltforms and mountings, just tools with a very long handle. you can move nearly free arround your piece. i used a handle with a mounting for steels. when turning metal they are more usefull then traditional woodturning tools, although it would be possible to use them.


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    works nearly done but today we use the lathe again. i still need alu-versions of the big buttons on the front ( navigation and volume)
    seems to be quite easy cause it´s attached to normal 6mm poti.
    the navigationknob is part of the case and hits 4 momentary switches.
    the dark part in the center is for the ir diode

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    my workplace. the volume knob is nearly done. the center still needs some treatment. the little steels you see there are just used for detail work. the steel i used for the grill was 3times bigger and with mounting arround 80cm long. the big mounting is important to get a smooth surface.

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    backside of the knob. the little notch helps my finding the center for the 6mm hole.

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    if you use just a short or no mounting for the steels the surface looks this way.. ( no problem here, this will be the inside of the navigation button)

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    i need a 12mm hole in there and a 10mm drill is quick way to get close to that. the final mm can be done freehand. drillin a hole of 12mm right through a 10mm aluknob would be pain is the arse with those little steels.

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    navbutton done. i just glued the original "lense" inside. the ir diode will be mounted inside the button, otherwise the viewing angle for the remote controll would be 2 small ( i guess)
     
  14. ComputerKing

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    Wow Very very nice work, I like the idea, Wait to see it done. Good luck.
     
  15. Upriverpaddler

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  16. derbaum

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    time for a final update. it was a very short project,im sorry. i promise the next one will take some more time.

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    the last but one layer of clear varnish for the front.

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    i made some decals with a freeware vector grafic tool. only a few are used for this project, the others are for another thing that´s only at planning stage atm. ill reveal that later ^^...

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    DAMN! this terrible picture was waitin for me when i visited IFA on first public day.
    i tried to fix it but i the first and quick attempt didnt work.

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    a second try on the evening, after the exibition was closed for the public, worked a lot better.
     
  17. razzta010

    razzta010 mod addict

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    Really nice project derbaum I love that warm wood design. Hope to see soon your new project.
    Love that tool you used .. the lathe I mean .., I wish I had one :brrr:
     
  18. NZ_mod_man

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    Damn! That's some pretty crafty stuff you done there.

    Nice work keep them coming.:)

    Mod on!!:rock:
     
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