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06-25-2005, 03:25 AM

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More to come,... soon to be complete.

06-25-2005, 03:25 AM
Ok,... I got my Criticool Waterplant reservoir. It's very cool looking, no doubt. I definately have plans for it. It comes with 4 ports, 2 of which I dont need,... but do:) There are 2 of which I don't need for circulation but I do need for my temperature probe and the othr I am going to use for an UV LED. The reservoir came with 3 1/2 OD fittings and 2 end caps to block off the 2 extra ports if not needed. Well,... the 2 end caps are actually perfect for the insertion of a dallas 1-wire temperarute probe and a 5mm LED! It's goign to lok so pro when it done. Here are some pictures of the reservoir,...

Here you can see some slight imperfections:( Not that bad though,... it will end up being covered up anyways.

Here is two shots of of where I might put the pumps and radiators,... I will probably put them just where they are seeing that space is limited. I kind of like where they are. I'll show you guyz what I have in mind for the reservoir placement later. Pictures,...

06-25-2005, 03:26 AM
I got a sheet of UV green acrylic!!! Sweet! It got a 4' x 8' sheet too!

06-25-2005, 03:27 AM
I went to Home Depot and bought alot of stuff needed for my project. I got a huge 3/4" x 4' x 8' partical board that I had then cut in half for me. I am going to use that for my work surface. I also got sheet metal that I will use for the radiator shroud and for covering up the mobo and the back of my drives. I got 1/4" acrylic for my windows too. I had or am having some trouble with getting clamps for my hoses. I found the clamps that have a small screw at the top but the rings are to small for the hoses. I want the small screws instead of the big ones. I found these 2 clamps at Home Depot that have the small screw with a big enough ring but thats all they had. I only found 3 at Loews. They said they dont know where I got them from, they can't find them. So,... I have 5 and need like 11 more:( Anyways,... I installed the blocks and the hoses to connect the three blocks to see how they would fit and to see how much room they would take up. They take up more room then I thought. I have a find another place to put my reservoir because of it. Not a problem though. Here are some pictures,...

06-25-2005, 03:28 AM
Here are some more pictures of my progress,...

My work area,...

My work table. I made this table just for this project. See the 2 x 3's bolted to the underside of the table,... I'm going to bend some sheet metal over the table and those 2 x 3's and use that are for bending acrylic.

Side panel half taped off,...

Side panel ready for markings,...

Marked with rounded corners,...

My snack,...

Window cut out,...

Rounded corner,...

Some of the tape peeling up,... not good, but not a problem.

Panel ready for filing,...

I sandwiched the panel between some 2 x 8's to and some long clamps to get it to stand striaght up and to cut down on vibration while filing.

06-25-2005, 03:29 AM
Here are some pictures right before I screwed up the 1/4" acrylic.

Hobbes,... I have the 1/4" bit too. The collar on the bit is to low from the the bit cuts. So, if I was to run the collar along the edge of the acrylic I'm cutting(which is actually what I want), it wont round the edge enough. I need to lower the bit a little more to get a good round edge but if I do that the collar wont be touching the edge of the acrylic I am cutting. Thats why I had ran the collar along the other window. Now,... because I had to run the collar on the other window I needed a small space between the two windows so that the bit didnt cut the window that the collar is running along. I got some 1/8", I'm just going ot use that instead. I think it will be better anyways.

06-25-2005, 03:30 AM
Some progress!!! Thank you god!!! I finished the windows!!! But,... a problem with the tint arose. There are alot fo bubbles around the edges. It's from the acrylic being so flexible. What is happening is that the acrylic is bowing out where the bolts are holding to the windows up to the side panel. I tried loosening them a bit but no cigar. What I am going to do is buy some of the adhesive tint. That should solve my problem easily. Here are some pictures,...

My waiste:( Theres like 2 - 3 attempts in there. I was cutting the two windows together so for every one mistake there was two. Oh well.

The two completed windows,... I taped them together this time around. It worked VERY well.

Here's the side panel after center punching one of the marks where a bolt will be.

One of my lovely rounded corners,...

Another rounded corner,...

One of the side panels complete and ready for a window,...

Ok,... here they are,... drum roll!

With a little uv something inside. The uv stuff will be much brighter once I have all 100 uv LEDs installed. Right now I am using two little uv flashlights. the overall look of it though will be dimmed like this though. This is exactly what I want. It's so HOT!

So what do you guyz think so far?

06-25-2005, 03:31 AM
Ok! NOW I FINISHED THE WINDOWS!!! I went back to my acrylic shop, E&T Plastics and bought see through smoke colored acrylic, basically,... tinted acrylic. It cost me $56 for a 4' x 8' sheet. I just got done a bit ago with them. They are flawless! No deformities what so ever! No bubbles and there never will be! I love this stuff! I am going to use some more of it to make my radiator housing so that it matches the case. I still have the UV green acrylic too that I am going to use. Here are some pictures,...

Here's one side with a uv green fan lit up inside,...

UV green fan up close,...

Same fan farther away,...

From the side you can see how dark it gets when there is hardly anything lit up inside.

Ther other side of the computer along with the other window,...

Through the window but out in the open,...

The other side of the window,...

06-25-2005, 03:32 AM
Ok,... here are some pictures. Not alot of progress because I spent alot of time trying to figure out how to build these housings. Well here are the pictures,...

Here are some pictures of the brackets I made and soldered to the radiators. Simple copper pipe that I had cut down to about a 1/4" each. Easy.

Here are the pictures of what is going to be my side panels for my radiator housings. I am using the scrap aluminum from when I cut out my windows for the case side panels. I taped them together so they could be cut together.

Heres a drawing I made to give you guyz an idea of what I am trying to accomplish with the radiator housings. IT is incomplete though. I left out the canopy that will protect the radiator cooling fins and hide them too. Maybe later I will make another drawing to show you what I mean.

06-25-2005, 03:33 AM
Ok,... here are some more pictures. I jhust got down filing the radiator side panels. I still have to cut out windows for them.

Now check this out,... I was throwing around the idea of making the edges of all my side panels look like whats in the picture. They would all be jagged, serrated, and aluminum looking as in the picture except the edges for the side panels will be saned reall nice too. what do you think? Should I just leave the edges alone? I like it. I think it will clash nice with all the aluminum bolts that are holding up the windows.

Also,... I was going to name the case "Black Ice" but I decided not too, I think. I am not sure. So,... I need some suggestions for you guyz. I need something that is some what approriate to the cases design, even the case isnt done. But I am sure you guyz have a good idea of what it is goign to look like finished. So let me know and if I like it, I will use it! Post away,...

06-25-2005, 03:34 AM
Here are some new pictures,...

A diagram I had drawn to help figure out how to bend 1/8" aluminum. After each bend I gain 1/16". I need to subract it from everything after each bend.

Here's the free aluminum cut to size,... Thanks Chris

Here are the bends I made,... the bends are dead on but the dimensions are off.

Here you can see that I'm about an 1/8" off.

But here you can see the bends are right on,...

06-25-2005, 03:35 AM
It works! About time too! Check it out,...

Heres a shot of my bending rig that I just got done assembling today. I thought this up last night at work and then went shopping as soon as I got off, LOL.

You probably already know how I do it just from looking at these pics. Now,... these vise are somewhat,... crappy. They are ok but the pipe vise on these vises are crooked. I tried filing them straight but they are just way to crooked. Maybe I should of spent the extra $30 each and got the best model they had,......... NAH. So, instead of using the pipe vise portion of the vises,... I just rest the pipes where you see them now. They line up straight when clamped and I cant complain about that.

Heres a shot of a scrap piece clamped and already bent. I didnt use any heat.

Heres a side shot,... see the right angel aluminum? Thats how I know where the pipe is going to bend the aluminum.

Another shot from under,...

See the bend line,... the bend starts right after that line! Not a 16th or an 8th before and after, RIGHT AFTER.

Another shot of that bend line,... also you might be able to see where the pipe actaully squished the aluminum to much. I have to ease off the vise a bit.

Here you can see the radius line and the right angle that gets lined up with it.

So far it works very well. There is one thing I have to take care of and that would be to add a stopper or something to keep the work under the pipe from moving back while pulling forward to make the bend. No biggie. Tell me what you think.

06-25-2005, 03:36 AM

This is after the first bend,...

Setting up for the second mark for the second bend,...

Clamped and ready to get bent:)


ALL FINSHED!!! Look how good it came out!!! SWEET!

I am now ready for the real aluminum. I am not going to to start that today and maybe not tomorrow either,... I have lots of drinking and clubbin to do alcoholic:. Till then!

06-25-2005, 03:38 AM
The first housing shell is bent!!! Oh yea! Tell me what you think!


I have 3 sheets total that can be used to make these housing shells. I am making these shells slightly smaller then the side panels so that I can sand down the side panels flush with the shell. I think I will bend all 3 of them and then pick out the 2 best shells. This shell is about 97% accurate. While bending,... one side of each bend was slightly off. I dont know why. I had to pound those sides into shape. I am thinking that maybe it my bending pipes. I am going to get new ones before I start the other 2 shells. Anyways,... it's all good!

06-25-2005, 03:39 AM
Just got finished with the second shell,...

My new bending bars,...

Cleaning up the edges trying to make sure I dont file to much in one spot. I need the edge as straight as possible.

Clamped and ready for the first bend.

After the the first bend,...

The second shell along with teh first shell.

The second shell is I think slightly larger, I think. The shells have no form so it hard to tell. But I do know there is a slight difference bewteen the two. Thats ok though seeing that I am not trying to split hairs here. The one thing that I might have to do is make new sie panels for these shells. I should of made the shells first and then made the side panels after. It would of been easier that way plus the side panels could be filed down to fit the shells perfectly. I think the side panels I have now are a tiny bit to small. Like I said before I think. Its hard to tell but I am pushing more towards YES, they are a bit to small. I have to make a third shell now. I want to see how that one comes out. The second shell was alot easier to make this time. I didnt have any problems with any sides of the bends having a slight bow to them. So I think the second one is more accurate, I think. Once I have the third made I will choose from the three the two I will use.

06-25-2005, 03:40 AM
Ok,... I finished the third shell and here is what I got,...

Heres one side of shells 2 and 3 side by side,... you see how perfect they fit together. Thats what I am looking for.

Here the other side of 2 and 3.

Here are some aerial shot of 2 and 3. You see how they fit together? they look like one big shell.

Now heres shell 1 with shell 3,... explains itself. I knew shell 1 was messed up from the begining. I think it was because of the bending pipes.

Anyways,... I have to clean up these shells, trim the slack off that is. Then after that it will be time to make the new side panels. Till then,... OH and gruntman,... thanks for making me a sticky. Never been a sticky before:) *FEELS SPECIAL :=: *

06-25-2005, 03:41 AM
Today was very repetitious:( But it all paid off:) Check it out,...

Here I am marking and cutting off my brackets,... 16 total:(

All of the brackets ready for drilling,...

Center punch for accuracy:)

Brackets installed to side panel,...

But,... it's kind of snug:(

I have to drill out the bolt holes a bit so I can adjust the brackets just a bit to relieve the shell. Just a bit though, the shell has to be forced into this position because right now it's slightly bowed from bending. My brackets are off by a hair. In the morning when I get home from work I will fix that and start the other panel. So far so good.

06-25-2005, 03:42 AM
More pics and progress!!! I have to go to bed now but as soon as I get to work I will type out some comments.

Drilling holes through a side panel with a bracket.

Cutting off bolt slack,... just thought of something,... I still have to install a window for each side panel. Those bolts are going to be to short now, crap.

Housings almost complete.

My new fans. These suckers are nasty!

06-25-2005, 03:42 AM
More pics,... and a VIDEO! I made a quick video of all 6 of my YS-Tech fans running. Pretty loud. Anyways,... today I got alot down but not,... I had cut out the holes for the radiators, what a pain.


The video.

06-25-2005, 03:43 AM
I did some work today even though Im suppose to be spending time with my gurl,... shes sick though so she dont care. I got the radiators mounted inside the housings. Here are the pics,...


06-25-2005, 03:44 AM
I am so close to finishing these housings!!! I finished one of the bottom panels and it looks nice. I am almost done with the other bottom panel.

Fitted, ready to be bolted,...


06-25-2005, 03:44 AM
Ok,... so I wasn't able to get the fans installed today. I forgot how much of a pain in the @#$ cutting holes in aluminum is, took a bit longer then I wanted. I'll finish it in the morning. Here are my daily pics,...

LOL! I love this picture!!! So funny!

Marking my bottom panels for fan placements,... or the holes. I used my old compass with and exacto kinfe:)


I have shinny aluminum boobies.

One method of cutting out the holes,...

Another method,...

I also tried cutting out a hole as one piece using the dremel. I thought it would be easier. It wasn't. Cutting out holes suck. Oh well.

06-25-2005, 03:46 AM
I got the fans installed and ready to go. I have to go to home depot to get some more bolts. I am most likely going to get the hex bolts but for now I am going to use these,... they are more like tools then just bolts. Anyways,.... some pics to get you through your day:)


Now it's time to grind down the side panels flush! I cant wait but at the same time I dont want to! I am tired of filing:(

06-25-2005, 03:47 AM
Some more pictures,...

Going to Home Depot.

Took a picture of this dork wearing dirty unfashionable overalls,... I think he was going ot Home Depot:)

Ok, we're here,...

Got my modding coffee.

Got my package today with some small computer stuff inside.

I ordered some more uv red sleeving today and instead I got red sleeving. Now,... the thing is that the last order of uv red I got this other stuff that looks very orange. I know that uv red is a cross between orange and red but this stuf looks orange to me. What do you guyz think? I am goign to to send back all of it and they will send back 40' of UV RED.

After I got the fans installed I wasnt able to do anymore work on the project so thats why there are no project pics. Tomorrow morning I will start on grinding away the side panels and even cut out the windows for those side panels. Anyways,... till then. OH check this out,... my gurl said something funny the other day. She is looking to get a desk for herself. Now we live together in her parents housse. Space is very limited. Out of frustration she asked me "why do we have to have two computers?". LOL!!! I was like,... "what are you asking me? I dont understand your question?" She's like "why can't we just have one computer and just share.". I was like "WHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!" Do you think I should tell her now or later that I will be building another low end computer right after this one? LOL. I love my gurl.

06-25-2005, 03:48 AM
Geeez,... I dont feel like I got anything done today. I woke up kinda late, 10am, an then I had to run some errands but still,... I got several hours in and I was only able to grind down the side panels for one housing. I still haev to hand file that housing to its finish for sanding. I originally was goign to use a hand grinder for the whole thing until I realized that it would take foooooor everrrrr. So I broke out the jig saw and started cutting off as much as possible and then grinding the rest. Well,... tomorrow moring I am goign to start the other housing and hopefully I will get the hand file some. Here are the daily pics,...

Huuuuuuuuuh,... back in the garage.

Breaking out the big guns today. This tool freaks me out!

After some grinding and jig sawing,...

Some more grinding and jig sawing,...


Finished,... grinding and jig sawing. Time for the good old flat bastard :shock:

Do you guyz know of anyone on this site that works on thier project everyday other then me?

06-25-2005, 03:49 AM
YO YO YO,... check it out.


I did some coarse buffing to get out some of the tool marks but I have some more to go. Once I am done with the coarse buffing I will cut out the windows for each housing.

06-25-2005, 03:50 AM
I'M BACK!!! All you people need to come back and read my log:( I have pics!!!

I found these copper elbows at Home Depot. I am going to use these to connect the rads together inside the enclosure.

They aren't all that restrictive.

The one side of the elbow will slide right into the rads. The other side is stretched so the 1/2 barb won't fit very well. It'll be very loose. So, I will screw/ solder this other piece in the photo, into the elbow and then the 1/2 barb will screw right into that. I will probably solder the barb too. Dont want to take any chances.

All the aluminum I got within the last couple of days. The 9" cut stuff is from my friend. The two other big sheets I got for $16 from a scrap yard.

My Sponge Bob ball.

Here I started. I am filing down this piece down to size. This is going to be the main shell.

I am filing my marks in half, literally. It has to be perfect.

All done. Thats long as hell. I got this piece from my friend. I offer him cash but he wouldn't take it. What a good guy.

The piece is 8 1/16 from one end to the other. Perfect.

Here's my PSONE LCD:) Can't wait:)

Tomorrow morning I will start bending the main shell. Check back.

06-25-2005, 03:50 AM
Going to have a romantic dinner with this beautiful women.

She is waiting for me to put the D@#$ camera down.

I won these when we went bowling tonight:) I love sponge bob, sponge bob loves me:)

06-25-2005, 03:51 AM
Ok,... have some pics for you guyz. I'm not done with today, I'm just on break:) I even made a video of me bending a corner. I thought you guyz would want to see how I do it through video.

Here I marked two lines on both sides of the sheet that run the length of it. The outer most lines are where the bolts are going to be. The inner most is the cutout lines for the rads. I did this to assure that when I go to cut and drill later that everything will be straight and EVEN.

As you can see the rad overlaps the two inner lines, this is good seeing that you won't see the edge of the rads on the other side. You have to be careful not to cover up to much of the rads seeing that it will restrict air flow.

Here I marked my first bend and clamped what is now angled steelto the sheet. Last time I used 1/8" aluminum and they bent a bit. This time I dont have to worry about that. I used larger clamps too.

Here you can see the steel right ontop of the line, no more no less.

Locked and ready to go!

A quick undershot.

My foot. This is how I bend the aluminum.


Nice perfect bend.

See the lines as they wrap around. They are still straight:)

Here's the video I made to give you guyz a better idea of how I do this.

A little OT kitty love.

06-25-2005, 03:52 AM
Ok,... here's what I got done today.

Now thats perfection:)

Check out how close the width and length are to the case. It's goign to to look like an extension of the case.

What do you guyz think about the lower profile or height? I cut the height down by an inch. I made that last two 4.5" for a reason. The reason being to help rid of the fans center dead spot. The extra room between the rads and the fans allowed for a little bit of turbulance(sp?) to help get air to the entire rad surface. But I didnt think it would be all that noticeable if I knocked out an inch. There about a half inch bewteen the fans now. Let me know what you think. This is probably it for the day seeing I have to go get my gurl from work now and then I will probably spend some time with her. So tomorrow morning this will continue. Till then,... night.

06-25-2005, 03:53 AM
OHHH YEA! Check it out!

Here I center punched where Im going to drill out the enclosure. I used the same bolt pattern of the case windows.

Heres the front panel punches. They are closer togther because the low profile height.

Grinding away the edges of the brackets with a belt sander. I grinded all of them together so they are all the same.

Here you can see the results. Very nice.

All the brackets ready to be drilled.

The top of the enclosure with the top brackets installed. I got rid of four bolts total off the top with this bolt pattern. Not as many this time around:)

The underside of the enclosure.

The top of the enclosure up against a window. See the bolts and how they line up?

Bottom brackets installed:)

The side looking in.

The bottom of the enclosure.

Still have to install the front and rear brackets.

THE MONEY SHOT! Look how sexy that is!!! The bolts line up perfectly!

I told you guyz I would make you a prefect case if I started over and so far,... so good:) This thing is going to to look SICK!

06-25-2005, 03:54 AM
I am so tired, you have no idea. I have only been getting about an hour of sleep everyday. This is also my second time typing this out because the site asked me to log in after clicking the submit button to post and it lost everything. Anyways,... sorry I didn't post my pics earlier. I was way to tired. I'm going to do it now.

Here, the front and rear brackets are installed.

I'm trying to figure out where the radiator cut outs are going to be. I just cant cut them anywhere because I have to make sure the fans will be directly below and easy to remove. Can't really explain right now but when the time comes I will enlighten you.


The cut outs are finished. I even cut away teh slack a the bottom of the shell where the bottom fan panels are going to be.

Another shot.

Now,... tomorrow I am going to make some side panels. Maybe the bttom fans panels too if I have time. Originally I was goign to have one big fan panel but then realized how big and flimsy it would be. It would bend out of shape with very little effort. So I think i will make two fan panels and a third little panel for the hoses to pass through. Let me ask you guyz something. If I was to make a couple of single rad enclosures,... how much do you think I could sell them for?

06-25-2005, 03:55 AM
Ok,... I replaced one fo the brackets and still hve to cut out another side panel. No biggie. I also figured out how to mark the holes on the other side of the brackets for mounting the side panels. Check the pics,...

The enclosure almost done. I took it apart to work on it today.

I marked out two side panel to be cut. Huh?!?!

LOL, you da man Sponge Bob:)

I bought this the other day too. I got it for a 100 beans. A router table with a router:) This will help with cutting the acrylic panels. Sponge bob stop humping the router,... :roll:.

Cutting the side panels out.

HEY! Your getting kind of close that line bro!


Side panels cut and sanded down. This was the aluminum I got fromthe scrap yard. I had to sand the corrosion off.

I used this blade to line up the brackets on the scored lines. Notice one side is flat and the other side is sharpened. This is to make sure the brackets are right over the line:)

Here is the template I am using to mark the holes on the other side of the brackets. These holes are to mount the side panels. These hole have to be perfect.

06-25-2005, 03:56 AM
Ok,... I just got home and I'm about to go and install my moms new bathroom stuff. I'm taking my gurl along with me for an extra pair of hands. I am going to ask my gurl once done if I can have some time in the garage. IfI do I will post as usual. You think she'll let me? Before I go I'll leave this with you guyz,...

I got this balloon from work last night. I saw it in one of the nurses station and had to have it:)

Also,... I told you guyz I was cutting wood a couple of days ago,... well some of the wood was rotted out. I found these nasty lil S@#$% inside. Cool. I ended up cutting one in half and the head off the other :-=-:. There heads are hard!

06-25-2005, 03:57 AM
I just got done installing the side panels. Here are some pics for you guyz. I am going to start on the bottom panels.


06-25-2005, 03:57 AM
Ok, here's the deal,...

Remember this? You see how I cut the ends of the shell? I cut everything away except for the tabs for the bolts. I didnt want to do that this time. I just wanted a nice flat edged panel. Well,... I did that for a reason.

This is the reason. You see how the fan overlaps the shell. I need to get around that without having to cut that portion of the shell. I probably see myslef cutting away at the shell but not as much as before. Have to think. I'll figure it out at work. In the morning I will start making the bottom panels. Till then.

06-25-2005, 04:00 AM
Ok,... here are the pics I took earlier,...

Here are my notches. I slanted the edges so they didnt look so hard on the eyes.

Much better then having the corners squared off.

I drew out on a sheet of aluminum the panels I needed from the bottom of the enclosure.

Just got done jig sawing the panels out.

First panel filed down to size. Funny thing is that I thought my notches were cut perfectly and my panels were cut and filed perfectly but when I went to slide it into place it was off. The only thing that was dead on was the width of the panel. The one side of the case fits the panel pretty damn good though. I just thought that it wouldnt matter what side the panel was on. Dont know whats off. Weird. It might be a little bit of both adding up to a total off, you know? Good enough though:)

See it fits pretty good. I actually want to file it down so there is tiny gap all the way around so the panel will fall right out when unbolted.

Fans fit nicely.

06-25-2005, 04:00 AM
Ok,... here are the pics for yesterday and today.

Here are all the bottom panels I finished cutting yesterday. They are pretty much perfect. There are like two slanted corners that have a little gap but I dont care.

This is my new and effective way of drilling fan holes. Depending on the size of the hole saw, I center punch all the way around the hole and then hole saw them, easy:)

Works good so far:)

Hole sawing complete. Commence jig sawing.

Jig sawing complete. Commence filing and sanding.

Filing and sanding complete. HOW HOT IS THAT! this desrves a Paris Hilton, "That's HOT."!

Now I have a busy weekend. I might be able to do some more work but if not then monday will be the next day. That day i will bolt the bottom panels and then cut the windows. Let me know what you think.

06-25-2005, 04:01 AM
BIG UPDATE! Today I got alot of work done! Very happy with the progress that was made today. The enclosure is almost done. Look,...

Here I just got done drilling the holes to mount the fans.

Cutting out the corner of a window. Such technique 8).

Done jig sawing out the windows.

Just got donw filing the windows out.


Oh yea.

Check out them curves.

Ontop of the case.

So sexy.



So what do you think? Well,... I was doing some thinking and thought that instead of polishing it out that I would sand it done to a coarse but not so coarse finish and leave it that way. I did that for my last computer and it actually looked nice. Let me see if I can dig up an old photo of it,...

06-25-2005, 04:02 AM
Progress and pics. I started sanding today and realized that I didnt mount the radiators! Can you believe that? Oh well,... now I know what I am doing tomorrow::

Side panels filed flush to the shell.

I sanded, using a circluar sander, out all the marks. It lefted a coarse finish.

Heres the finish I want. I only did one piece to see what it looks like. It s a difused looked. I think it will make the tinted black look real nice.

Thought I would share this with you guyz,... I was cutting wood after working on the project and I hit this one log with one hit and it split in half and this is what i found. The coolest thing I have ever seen.

06-25-2005, 04:03 AM
Ok,... I am a little bit annoyed,... argh. Well,... first, this post is temporary seeing that not all the pics I took the other day were uploaded due to the fact that my gurl didnt upload all of them, for whatever reason. But I'm not going to knock on my bone headed gurl in here. So I will post what I have. The pics that I really wanted to post are the ones she didnt upload, great. Here,...

Here I drilled out the mounting holes for the radiators.

Trying to get an idea of where the brackets are going to go and how big they need to be.

My new brackets. These radiators are new by the way. The enclosure is wider so I needed larger brackets this time around.

Brackets trimed, drilled, and installed.

First radiator in place.

Both rads in place.

I think they came out very well. It only took me like a couple of minutes to do this. I couldnt believe how easy is was.

The other side of the rads.

Now,... the pics that are missing are the pics of my efforts to install some plumbing. You know, connect the rads together and shorten the height of the barbs. Well,... I came across some problems. This is all new to me now seeing that everything up to this point I had already done with the last two enclosures. Anyways,... problem number one is,... I'm having trouble connecting the rads together. I originally was going to to use some elbows, solder the barbs to those and then use a small piece of hose. Well,... that is CLEARLY not going to work seeing that the ports of the rads are way to close. I then went back to home depot and got some 45 degree elbows,... once again, wont work. They are to close. So,... I then decided to just solder the barbs straight up and down as far in the ports as possible and then just run some hose in a bend to each barb. Well,... the height of the enclosurewont really allow that. I wish I had the pics damn it. Some options,... use the 90 degree elbows with a copper pipe connecting them instead of the barbs and hose. This would be the most easiest method but it would make the rads permenant. But its not like I would be removing all that much anyways. I could also,... cut to extra holes in the tube panel and run a loop outside the enclosure that would connect the rads together. Not really liking this method. I could also try and maybe bend my own elbows some how,... there really isnt all that much room at all. Crap. Second problem,... the tube panel, the width is kind of less then the total width of the barbs. So that would mean if the I/O hoses were to run straight up and down through the tube panel,... I would have to cut out holes on the edges of the panel. If I move the holes inward towards the middle of the panel I would have to bend the hoses over a bit to meet the holes. Now keep in mind the barbs are pretty close to the panels so the hose would be torquing the panels a bit. I'm going to have to think something up here. I am goign to post the pics first thing in the morning.

06-25-2005, 04:05 AM
Ok,... here are the pics I wanted you guyz to see.

I have to screw that in.

Got them in. Easy.

I/O ports of the rads.


I thought this would work too but didnt fit:(

I soldered the barbs way in the rads to loop a hose between the two barbs.

Don't think the hose will bend that much:(

So,... read my possible options in my last update post. Let me know what you guyz think. I need some opinions.

06-25-2005, 04:05 AM
Ok,... here are the pics from yesterday.

Here is how I will connect my rads together. It's a modified 45 degree elbow:) The barb had some of it's length shaved off too.

There's plenty of room for some 1/2" tygon tubing:)

Yo,... I uploaded the movie I made of me pressure testing the rads but it doesn't work. I think it has to do with the size of the file and the server. Is there a size limit? What is the limit?

06-25-2005, 04:06 AM
I finished sanding. Tomorrow I will be cleaning and painting. Also,... I will be starting the windows:)


06-25-2005, 04:07 AM
Here are some pics I took today:) I made the canopy frame! That was my favorite thing to make so far,... why? It was simple! LOL.

Here I am making the canopy which only turned out to be the frame seeing that I decided to use acrylic with it too. It's going to to have a tinted window too:) Notice how there are no round edges? Can anyone guess why it doesnt have round edges?

After I finished making the frame I broke out the router table and put it together seeing that I am going to need it to make my windows:) Not bad for $100.

I am going to make some windows this weekend:)

06-25-2005, 04:10 AM
This is going to be a sweet update! Check it out,...

About ready to cut windows out of these rough cuts.

I'm going to tape the two pieces together so I can make two windows at the same time.

Now,... because none of the sides of these two pieces have a straight edge to work off of,... I have to make one. So,... I will tape these two rulers together to make a guide. One ruler will be the guide and the other will be a spacer to keep the router bit from cutting up the guide ruler.

The rulers taped together.

Now I am going to tape those rulers to the two pieces of acrylic.

Here you can see the rulers stuck to the acrylic just nice.

Here you can see how this is goign to work. You can see the cutting portion of the bit touching th eacrylic but no thte guide. Once the bit cuts thrugh the scrylic the collar, the bearing at the very top of the the router bit, will meet up and touch the ruler guide. The guide will keep the bit from cutting any deeper. The bit will roll off the guide cutting a perfecly straight line.

After the cut.

Heres the two pieces with the rulers up against the bit again. You see how the collar is touching the guide and the cutting portion is touching the acrylic? Sweet isnt it?

Finished edge.

Here the to two pieces cut down to size and awaiting their rounded corners.

I put more tape on the acrylic and used a right angle post level to do this.

The clear acrylic you see there has a router cut corner I made when I made my case windows. I used the post level to line the clear acrylic with the rounded corner up with the new acrylic.

After the cut. I did the same thing with this corner that I did to make the straight edges, that is using the rulers as a guide. This time I used and old piece of acrylic as the guide. ONe problem though,... you see the hard edge just before the the round corner starts? Thats because the guide was up to lcose the the eadge of the smoke acrylic. The collar on the3 router bit has a slightly larger diameter the the cutting portion so everything you cut using the collar will be a tad bit larger. In this case the rounded corner isnt completely round. Theres a way to fix this,... check out the next couple of pics.

I added these two pieces of card board, which are very thin because thats all you need, to push the guide back a bit.

When I put a straight edge up to the edge you can see the gap. It's very small but its enough to make a perfectly round edge.

After the gap was added. Some advice that I will give you is if you can't get your rounded corner perfect with the first couple of passes with the router and its only slightly off,... break out the sand paper and sand it round. That would be safer then trying to get it perfect by making slight adjustments to the guide and sending it through the router several times. Theres a good chance you will screw it up before you get it right.

Here, using the same method, I cut out the canopy window. I used the actual canopy frame as the guide this time.

06-25-2005, 04:13 AM
The side windows completed, even though you only see one of them, and the canopy window.

Tomorrow morning I will be making the acrylic cap that will cover the shell. Thats going to be a bit more difficult to do seeing that theres bending required and I have to cut out for the rad holes. Seeing that I don't have a name for this mod,... I thought I would name it Blackout seeing that all the windos are blacked out:) What do you think?

06-25-2005, 04:36 AM
Ok I finished the jig:) This thing is HOT! Here are some pics,...

First,... this is how you grind your drill bits for drilling the acrylic. Notice the slope.

Here is the othr side,... notice how it is flat. You want to drill bit to scrap its way through the acrylic, not cut.

If you do it right you should get alot of this.

Here I am about ready to drill the holes in the acrylic cap.

Here the cap is somewhat bolted down to the shell.

Heres one way I tried bending. Didnt work to well.

Heres the other way. Look familar? Well,... it didnt work to well either.

Here is my acrylic bending jig. It is flawless. I cant wait to use it. It is pretty obvious how it works.

The most important part is that you calibrate it so that the pipe is perpendicular with the boards. I used the router on the inside of the board so I know they are straight. All you have to do is figure out wher eyou want to bend the acrylic and then slide it in there and up against one of the boards so you know the acrylic isnt crooked over the pipe. Clamp the acrylic down and begin bending:) Sweet isnt it? HA HA!!! You can use diffent size pipes depending on how round you want your corners. Just make sure the pipe isnt crooked:) Peace out people. I'm going to bed. The gym has me whipped:( Night.

06-25-2005, 04:37 AM
looks sweet. great job! :D

06-25-2005, 04:52 AM
Ok,... before I go ahead and post the pics here,... I would just like to bring something to Gruntman's attention. I have been meaning to bring this up before never did. I wrote up a huge post with all the pics several hours ago. It took me a good 45 minutes or more. When I went to submit it the site logged me out and asked for me to log in. When I did that I lost my entire post:( I know with some forums once you log back in it will submit your post so that this doesnt happen. Just thought I would let you know even though you probably already know seeing that your the Gruntman. Anyways, seeing that my patience has worn thin I am going to make it short,...

Some sheet metal I bent to use for bending the acrylic. I actually bent two, one being over a larger pipe. I used the two to sandwich the acrylic into its bent form. I did this to keep the corners of the bend from curling up.

The acrylic after being bent. It came out great. Still though, there was a gap between the acrylic bend and the shell bend when the acrylic was placed on top of the shell. I ended up scratching the crap out of the acrylic trying to fix it.

This is what I am doing now instead of bending caps for the case and enclosure. I am making front panels. I am rounding the edges of all the acrylic so that they dont look so hard looking when bolted to the case and enclosure. Check out how flawless this front panel is! See the corner shot! PERFECT! I did this using the ruler-ruler method. The router fence was crap and didnt work at all:( I did it this way because the results are sweet!

Once again,... the ruler-ruler method.

Here is aproximately what the edges of the windows will look like. I cant round the edges of the round corners because setting it up is to hard and I will most likely mess it up. I have tried before and failed. So this is what the corners of the windows will look like. I kind of like it.

I made my own router fence using some strip steel. I thought it ouwld work good but it didnt. The rounded edges that it produced looks like crap. The original router fence was even worse. Look how crappy.

Although a bad pic,... this is what I got from using the ruler-ruler method. Its flawless.

Here is my very first attempt at flame polishing. It was easy! I am going to flame polish all my edges now! I used a propane torch. When you do it you have to make sure that your project doesnt bow because of the heat. If it does flatten it out before it cools.

Thursday is the next day I get to work on it. Can't wait:)

06-25-2005, 04:53 AM
Twice the goodness ;)

Can you tell what the ruler-ruler method is or if you already have what page it is on?

The ruler-ruler method is simple. It's two rulers taped to each other. One ruler acts as a spacer and the other is a straight edge. What you do is mark your acrylic where you want to cut. You take the ruler-ruler and tape it to your acrylic so that the straight edge is right above the line you want ot cut too. You then take the acrylic with the ruler-ruler still stuck to it and send it through the router. The collar on the router bit will run along the straight edge ruler making a perfect straight cut. You have to make sure that the ruler is exactly wher you want it on the acrylic before you cut. You also have to make sure that you dont move it. I use a, I forgot what is called, but its a right angle thing. I used the body of this tool to line up the ruler-ruler. I acheive the rounded/ knifed edge,... I use a thicker ruler as the spacer. Heres the ruler-ruler I am using now,...


Got to page 22. There you will see how I cut the windows for the enclosure. I used the same method. I also show how to use it with the router. There are more pictures of finished cuts using this method. I have to take some pics of how I line it up with the marks on the acrylic. Im going to try and do that today.

06-25-2005, 04:53 AM
Here's yesteradys update,...

Here's a window withe the edges round except the corners. I like it.

Here I started clear coating the metal parts. I didnt clear coat the tube panel yet because I didnt cut holes the the tubes yet.

Today I will be cutting the posts that will hold this thing up off the case. The same posts are going to hold the canopy up. I dont think they will be hard to make but you never know. Oh, I rounded all the acrylic edges for the enclosure. I still have to do the case windows too, and any other parts I should make.

06-25-2005, 04:54 AM
Ok,... here is my update for the day)

This is how I got the aluminum tube to spin with the drill so I could clean and polish it as if it was on a lathe:) I pushed in the aluminum with a small hammer where the drill bits groove are. Worked great:)

Heres the whole shot of it. I actually had the drill between my legs instead of being in the vise as you see in the picture. It was some what embarrassed when I was polishing the tube,... but can't quite figure out why?!?!? LOL.

After using coarse sand paper.

After polishing:)

Look at the diference:)

All the pieces I need to hold up the enclosure and it's canopy:) I taped the polished tube so I wouldnt scratch it.

This is how I cut the tube up. I used this old mitre saw. This thing is nice. Nowadays they make cheap ones:( It did a great job but it left little lips on the ends that I had to do my best to get off without ruining the 90 degree ends or taking more off the height.

All done and ready to go. They are some what off from each other a bit but thast ok seeing that they are going to be mounted far apart so I wont be able to notice it at all.

Heres the front panel for the enclosure. See the bubbles on the edge? I couldnt keep that from happening. It's something in the plastic. I tried agaijn with the clear acrylic and it was easy! Sucks:(

See the the plastic is distorted when looking through it:( Sucks some more. So I am not going to to flame polish anymore. Atleast the tinted stuff.

I am going ot try and do some more work in the morning. Talk to you guyz later! Bye!

06-25-2005, 04:55 AM
Ok,... today I finished cutting all the acrylic, well atleast the acrylic needed to get this thing together. I rounded the case windows too. I also polished the other aluminum tube too. I want to use a pipe cutter to cut them this time. I can polish the marks from the pipe cutter away after they are all cut. Here are some pics,... OH, boddaker, I did what you did! I used the drill and the bench vise as a lathe. I had my gurl operate the drill. I took a round piece of steel and tapered the end and put that in the vise. I spun the tube on that and it worked great. The pics,...

Heres the steel rod after the polishing. It was in the vise.

Heres the rod all polished out. I'm going to cut it another day.

I probably wont be able to work on the computer until monday:( till then peace out.

06-25-2005, 04:56 AM
First, I want to thank Draeth for nudging me to use the pipe cutter:) I'm pretty sure by that you know whats going to be posted within the reply here. I went ahead and cut new posts using the pipe cutter and it came out perfect! PERFECT! Look,...

Here Im reaming out 1 of the 22 already cut posts. I cut 2 extra just in case. The pipe cutter leaves alot of burr on the inside the the tubes once cut. Here I'm drilling it out.

Here I have a larger drill bit that I'm goign to use to taper the inside edge of the the tubes. This is to remove any burr on the edge or even the outer surface so that the tubes sit flat on a surface.

Here I'm drilling the taper.

In this pic they are all reamed and tapered. They are now ready to be wet sanded to clean up the outer finish.

Look how accurate the heights are! Perfect.

Here they are all finished!

Now,... I have more good news. Tomorrow I will be working on this instead of going to work. This means that there is a good chance that I will be able to put this enclosure all together and maybe even mount it to the case!!! I can't wait!

06-25-2005, 04:57 AM
Ok, here are the pics. There's alot of them. I'm going to keep the comments short seeingthat I am tired.

This is how I am going to keep bolts centered inside these tubes.

I cut away the bottoms.

This is what I stick in both sides.

I take this and stick it in the vise to smash them into the the tube,...

Like this.

All the tubes with their blue inserts.

Installing the posts onto the canopy.

Installing the radiators.

The clear tygon tubing fits nicely with minimal kinkage:)

Canopy installed. I think it's to high.

Another shot. I am going to cut these posts about in half. That should look alot better.

Here I have the fans with their grills installed. I also have the side panels and the front panel installed. I there are only 8 posts holding up the enclosure. This is so that I can get out the bottom fan panels without having to remove the entire enclosure.

Here's what I thgouth was done. I have to change some things. I have to lower the height of the canopy. Also,... because the height of the canopy was so high I couldnt use the bolts I was using thoughout the project seeing that they didnt come long enough for it. So I started using dome nuts which I like but dont. Once I lower the canopy I am going back to the old screws. The dome nuts stick out to much.

Here are some more pics,...

Now, another problem I have is that I don tnow how I will bolt the bottom fans panels up. Once this thing is all together,... how do I get the nuts inside the enclosure and get them on the bolts that will hold the fan panels up. I can't believe I missed this. Any ideas? I have to cut the tube panels tomorrow too. If cutting the canopy posts doesn't take to long, which I dont think it will. I might be abel to work on the case mounting this thing to it for good:) I hope. But it's pretty much done so I am happy:) Let me know that you think of it:)

06-25-2005, 04:58 AM
Ok,... here it what I intented this thing to look like.


The enclosure when mounted will be about 1/4" lower or closer to the case. Right now it's sitting the the washers and the heads of the bolts. I went ahead and drilled the tube panel as you see in the picture. I will evenually make a Uv green panel to cover the tube panel. Well,... the UV green panel will be big enough to just cover the holes. It's not like my intention is the cover the entire tube panel. Rule is that where there is something passing through something,... there has to be a UV green panel there. It's to basically make it look nice. In the pictures you dont see the tube panel posts. I left them out seeing that the tube panel wasnt ready to be mounted. Tomorrow if I have time I will mount the enclosure and drill out the top of the case for the tube to pass through. The two smaller holes i said before is for chrome shower hose. Well,... I hope tomorrow I can mount it, Im eager. I haev to escort mom to this awards dinner thingy plus I'm going out with a friend to look at his friends bike. Hes selling it to me CHEAP! So cheap. I love it. SO I might be rolling home with a bike in the next few days. Maybe. I'll take pics If I do. Night people. Oh did I mention I got into a car accident today? @#$%&! It's all good though. The guy doesnt want to persure it. Anyways. Night.

06-25-2005, 04:59 AM
I bought this today! Isn't it SWEEEET!


06-25-2005, 05:00 AM
Here are some pics of yesterday's work,...


Looking good? See where the tubes come out of the enclosure and go into the case,... I am going to to cut UV green panels and then bolt them over the are where the tubes come out and go in to dress it up to make it look nice. It's not bolted down yet because I have to do some more planning first. I had to cut away some the the mobo tray whic is no biggie. I just have to clean it up a bit. I am hoping to do some more work on wednesday morning.

06-25-2005, 05:01 AM
AN UPDATE!!! WITH PICS!!! Here you go,...

Heres the PSONE LCD I took out. Here the back of it.

Heres the front. This thing is cool as hell. The screen is soo small and thin! It's a little monitor! How cute :bunny:! Ok, a bit to gurly there.
Sniper: UZI :2guns: :bunny: machine gun :p: :shockwhore: That's better.

Here I marked where I am going cut. I want to cut out everything inside the tape there. You can't really see the line where I am going to cut becaus the tape is very close to it.

Here's the line in which I will cut. I scoured that line into the anodize with a scalpel so I wouldn't lose the line. I prefer marking this way. I did this when cutting out the windows for the cases side panels.

As you see here there is a board clamped to the front of the case where I plan on jig sawing. I did this because if I didnt the blade would move to far inside the case and jab whatever is in it's way. I had to make sure the blade didnt come out of the either because to would end up jabbing the front of the case possibly shattering the blade taking one of my eyes out leaving it just hanging there while blood spews out all over the place making a mess of everything. Blood everywhere. The moral of all that,... where your googles.

After reuniting my eye with it's socket I finished the cut. Very close to the line. Minimal filing needed.

All done. Actually I want ot take off some more at the top. No biggie.

I left the front panel holes. The front panel won't be under the tinted front panel.

Notice how the edges are the same all the way around. Originally,... the drive bay opening before the cut had nice smooth edges. I cut the smooth edges off just so that the edges were identical all the way around. I didnt want smooth edges up top and jagged down below. I thought it would look sloppy. This looks alot nicer.

06-25-2005, 05:02 AM
Another update! YEA! A small but interesting,...

OH,... before I start, I had found out the the rear front panel has to be two pieces. I can't slide one whole big piece inside the front area of the case. These support brackets are in the way. I could remove the rivets holding the bracket and then slide it in but I wouldn't be able to get new rivets back in because of the order the case was put together. SOOOOO,... I will have to make two smaller panels. No biggie. Anyways,... before I make those rear front panels I decided that should mount all the hardware first so I am sure of where everything is going to be. So,....

... I started making the LCD bracket out of this piece of scrap.

Here you can see the bracket was cut to size and I cut the first set to bolt grovves. These grooves are for the bolts that will hold the bracket to the case. I made grooves so I could slide the bracket up and down for adjustability.

See:) Very nice.

See how it's going to look,... I'm going to cut another groove for the LCD so it can be bolted to the bracket. I'll be able to slide the LCD up and down on the bracket too. With both grooves, that is the case and LCD gooves,... I should be able to move the LCD up and down about 1.5 - 2 inches total. Why? I don't know:) It's cool:) Well,... so I can have some adjustability.

Here I drilled holes so I can cut out the second set of grooves for the LCD.

Thats it for this update. I didnt get to finish this bracket today but I do plan on finishing it and moving on the other things soon. Till then.

06-25-2005, 05:03 AM
Hey everyone! Welcome to the T.O. show! Here's an UPDATE for all you folks out there! I finished fabricating the bracket for the LCD screen. Although it's still not done,... due to the fact that I have to drill holes for wires and I still have to clear coat it. But the functionality portion of it is done. I have to say it looks quite professional:) Check it out,...

Here's the bracket pretty much done. As I said before, I still have some holes to drill for the LCD wires and I have to clear coat it. Same dust finish as the RAD enclosure.

I needed spacers so I could mount the LCD off the bracket so that LCD wasn't touching the bracket. So I cut up these wire butts (I think thats what they are called) and used them. They worked great until I realized that I needed more of them because I needed the LCD to stand off the bracket more then it was with just the four of them.

I didn't have anymore wire butts so I decided to go to home depot to get more. I needed longer 4-40 bolts anyways. When I got there and got my bolts I saw these! How perfect! White nylon spacers:) They were like 33 cents for two of each size. Well worth the price, I think.

I hade to drill larger holes through the LCD screen tabs for the 4-40 bolts. Oh how careful I had to be!

Here the LCD is mounted to the bracket. HOT!

Here you can see the nylon spacers. I was going to put 4 half inch spacers between the bracket and the LCD board as oppose to what you see in the picture but I thought this made more sence to me. Even though this LCD doesn't really need to be cooled I thought I would do it this way so that air could move in between the screen and the board anyways:) It looks cool. Also,... I used some washers, the smooth side against the bracket to help the LCD slide up and down the bracket for easy adjusting.

Here's a shot of it mounted to the case. That is so friggin cool looking!

Here's a shot of the back of the bracket.

I got my nylon LED holders today too! These little thing are so nice and they are going to work perfectly!

I didn't get much done today just like I didn't get much done the other day too, but I am satified:) I didn't really get a whole lot of time to work on the puter so that would explain it. Well, till next time, this is tribaloverkill saying if you can't buy it,... MAKE IT! Bye everyone! *credits begin scrolling*

06-25-2005, 05:04 AM
VFD IS IN! Still has to be adjust just a tiny bit BUT IT'S IN! CAN I GET A WHOOP WHOOP!! Ok, enough of that, here's todays write up,...

Here's my Matrix Orbital 514 I will be installing today, tra la.

Here's approximately where I was going to cut. I was just kind of getting an idea of what I was going to do. All the holes in that panel was really throwing me off. I wanted to cut it so that even though it would be covered by a VFD bezel it would would look like a nice cut. You know what mean? Of coarse you do:)

And as you can see the cut came out very nice. You can see how it's different from what I had drawn.

Here's the VFD bracket I made. Looks kind of like the LCD bracket. This is why I skipped all the photo's of making the bracket. Nice isn't it? ISNT IT! LOL.

The bracket in place. That is so cool looking already. Hardcore.

The VFD mounted the the bracket itself. It's practically ready to be mounted.

Here's another shot. Cool isn't it? ISN'T IT! ISN'T IT!!!!! Joking :D

Mounted! That is so HOT! You'll be able to read it right through the side panel! I am going to make a bezel that will cover that whole side of the 5.25 bay. The all the buttons for that VFD will be mounted below it on the bezel. You will only be able to use the buttons with the side panel off! Cool isn't?? :D :D :D I'm not even going to do it. Don't worry.

Side shot.



And I'mmmmmmmmm spent. Well hope you enjoyed that! Until next time, this is tribaloverkill saying,... Go F@#$ YOURSELF! HA HA HA. Don't you wish that would happen on a real show? Or I'm the only one wishin that? Actually,... there's this video over at ebaums.com where the weather caster guy does it. You should check it out! Night!

06-25-2005, 05:05 AM
Yet another update,......................... :lol:. So I did some more work today. Today was a good day. I am very impressed with what I had accomplished. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I set forth and made it. Behold,.................................. the pictures!

Today,... I had bent some more aluminum. This time instead of bending some round corners I bent some nice right angles. What for? Keep looking,...

My gurlfriends father got a piece of "I" frame. Where? I don't know. I used it though, to bend my aluminum. It worked great!

With propane torch and a good size hammer I began to tap the edge of the aluminum into it's new right angle. You have to bedn this stuff slowly working your way from one side to the other and back until you got your bend. You dont really want to whack the crap out of it in a hurry. You got to treat it like a women,... you have to be slooooow and gentle 8).

This is what I got when I was done. A little banged up but thats ok! We can sand it out! Moving on,...

This is the second and last bend. Look how perfect that came out!

Whats it for? Well look! It the VFD BEZEL BABY!

I just didnt want a panel for the VFD. I wanted it to have it's own little enclosure. Once I wire up the buttons for it there will be alot of wires and stuff. This bezel will hide all that.

Time to cut out the hole for the VFD display. Oops, all done. I was trying to figure out where exactly this hole would be. I would of got pissed if I F'ed it up. So I decided to do it the right way,......... measure. Then measure it again.

Perfect! I can't believe I nailed it like that! I was so happy.

Here's the bezel all cleaned up and ready to be bolted down. Look how sexy that is!

So, what do you think?

06-25-2005, 05:05 AM
YO YO YO,... CHECK OUT MY PHAT FONE! LOOK, THIS ONE GOTS A COVER WITH A UNICORN MADE OF RHINESTONES. LOL :lol:. Aaaaaanyways,... I have an update. Alot of work with few pictures. Cool idea though,... check it out.

This is another bezel I made today. It's more like a cover or a partial housing seeing that there is no devise that its dressing up. A partial housing/ cover for what though? Hmmm,....

This cover is for the other side of the 5.25" bay.

You can see the VFD bezel on the left and the newest cover on the right. It's not done yet. Both of them aren't done yet.

This is going to be where all my lighting circuitry and stuff is going to be. I am goign to be running several LED lines out from that thing. You see the 1" side of the cover,... I am going to mount several power jacks off that side. All the LED lines that will be running throughout the computer will get plugged into the cover. I think that it going to look cool as hell to see several UV green lines plugged into the cover from almost top to bottom! Again,... the one idea I had for this computer was that there would be alot fo lines and stuff everywhere, somewhat cluttered. It's going ot be a good clutter though. Originally I was going to make a box for the LEDs to be run from but after making the VFD bezel it made perfect sense to do it this way. So much better. I am going to line the inside with foam pad for insulation so I dont short anything out.

EDIT: LED wires are actually goingto be RED, which is even better:)

06-25-2005, 05:42 AM
Your work is awesome!
You methods are so exact... even making bends with your foot :D lol
I cant wait to see how the UV looks through the tinted glass. :D

06-25-2005, 09:24 AM
Your work is awesome!
You methods are so exact... even making bends with your foot :D lol
I cant wait to see how the UV looks through the tinted glass. :D

LOL. Thanks bro. It's going ot look HOT. I think that UV through the tinted acrylic looks better in my opinion. The tint takes away alot of the glare and some of the purple so everything looks like it is bright and glowing but not really. LOL. I can't explain it.

06-25-2005, 09:43 AM
holy **** man! 65 posts in 1 day, thats like a record!

06-25-2005, 10:14 AM
Hahahaha, i assume he was just copying the code from each of his posts on Gruntville.

06-25-2005, 11:29 AM
now this is a hell of a worklog. i mean you got everything from a nice mod to spongebob to a nice bike (im very jelous) and even his kitty makes an appearance :D and posting 7 pages one night, i thought ive been missing out on this for months b4 i checked the dates lol. anyways, its awesome work dude, ure gonna have a sweet setup.

btw why did you put the rads in series and not parallel? you could even set up two loops with the pumps. (sorry if u mentioned it but I have to save reading all this for a later time)

06-25-2005, 01:40 PM
geometry in nature. Gotta love it.

BTW, that mod looks friggin awesome. Can't wait to see more

06-25-2005, 03:33 PM
Agreed...awsome mod. Keep it up. Nice motercycle too.

06-25-2005, 07:34 PM
Thanks guyz! Yes,... I posted like 60 something replies within an hour or two. I did it at work. I was bored at the moment. FRAKK,... I did it in series because, I don't reall know why, LOL. It was the first setup that came to mind. I know I had talked about it with other in the past and we all came to the conclusion that with the fans I have and the two rads,... it wouldnt make that much of a difference. OH,... I remember one reason. The reason was to run two pumps in one loop. I wanted to try out a push and pull method of moving the water. Changing the setup from series to paralelle is easy so I do decide to change it later on it would be easy. But for now I want to try the push and pull method. Thanks for the bike commetns too:) I love that bike. Got it mad cheap! Thats why I got it. I'm going to virginia to the virginia international raceway to race it with my friend. My gurl is going to take mad photos and video. I'm goignt o post all of them online for anyone who is interested. As for this computer,... it is so not done. I have so much more stuff that has to be done. I have some cool stuff planned. Check back. Before my mother got into her bike accident I would work on this computer everyday. I have only been woking on it here and there, maybe 2 a week at the most. She will be coming home soon in a couple of days so I will be able to work on it alot posting my progress almost everyday. This worklog here like I said before only consists of posts that contain pictures. Over at GV,... my worklog is like 35 pages long, LOL. Peace.

06-25-2005, 07:56 PM
i dont think you would see any difference with rads this size anyway, and the push-pull pump setup is a good idea too. in parallel the heat dissipation would be more even, now the first rad will be always hotter than the second but i guess it really doesnt matter. i really wanna see a nice venice overclock on this cooling :D threads at gruntville get out of hand way too fast and i just thank god its not like that over here. participating in the forums would be a full time job :D

06-25-2005, 08:26 PM

Now thats what I call a Worklog....

Took some time getting through it, but well worth it.

Top quality in all respects.

That case is gonna look SWEET when its finished.

Keep up the good work.
(So no silly games on that R6 ;) )

06-26-2005, 01:00 AM

Now thats what I call a Worklog....

Took some time getting through it, but well worth it.

Top quality in all respects.

That case is gonna look SWEET when its finished.

Keep up the good work.
(So no silly games on that R6 ;) )

Many thanks. No silly games on the R6:) I wan tot live long enough to see this case finished. I will be working on the puter in the morning if I can wake up in time. I have to work 16 hours tomorrow so if I dont get up that means no time on the machine. FRAKK,... you bet I'm going to try an overclock the crap out of this thing! Put all this to a real test.

06-26-2005, 01:35 AM
This isn't a work log, this is a work story. Keep up the good work man.

06-26-2005, 03:13 AM
looks so sweet! nice bike.

BTW: can someone explain the push pull pump stuff?

06-26-2005, 01:09 PM
looks so sweet! nice bike.

BTW: can someone explain the push pull pump stuff?

Ok,... push and pull. When a pump sucks in water it's pulling and when it shoots it out it's pushing. Say you have a cooling loop consisting of a CPU, NB, GFX, RAD, RES, PUMP. The pump would have to PUSH water through all that stuff. Water pressure drops each time it passes through a cooling component. So b y time the water comes around to the pump again there isnt as much water for the pump to pull or suck in. Example,...

PUMP(pressure=100%)> RAD(pressure=85%)> CPU(pressure=60%)> NB(pressure=45%)> GFX(pressure=32%)> RES(pressure=25%)>

Now the percentages aren't accurate. It's only for an example so that you get the idea. Now,... say you had a second pump half way in the loop,...


This means that each pump would only have to push water through through about half the stuff in the loop. The pumps would be PUSHING and PULLING to each other. This would allow for a nice steady pressure throughout the loop. It doesn't matter how fast the water moves through the loop. As long as you have pressure. So,...

PUMP(pressure=100%)> RAD(pressure=95%)> CPU(pressure=90%)> PUMP(pressure=95%)> NB(pressure=87%)> GFX(pressure=80%)> RES(pressure=75%)>

Again, numbers aren't accurate. Bu you get the idea. If there is not enough water making it to the pump you will have pump noise. The noise is the vapor buubles that are created from the vaccum. I have only heard one stoy of this. The guy fixed this problem by putting the RES right before the pump. Hope that explains. Bye!

06-26-2005, 09:30 PM
I have a question about the psone screen..are you going to hook it up as a dual monitor or what? I'm a bit confused, and a newbie when it comes to mounted lcds ^_^

06-26-2005, 11:12 PM
I have a question about the psone screen..are you going to hook it up as a dual monitor or what? I'm a bit confused, and a newbie when it comes to mounted lcds ^_^

You got it. It's going to be a second monitor basically. I have to make a CSYNC circuit because my video card doesn't support it. Most ATI cards do but most nVidias don't. Csync is HSYNC and VSYNC bunched into one signal that this LCD reads. Very easy circuit to make.

06-26-2005, 11:23 PM
couldnt run me through that roughly could you?

06-26-2005, 11:33 PM
Small update. I only got like an hour or so of work done today. I was tired, it was hot,... just wasn't really in the mood.

Ok,... here I am trying to cover up where I F@#%ed up. I wasn't thinking. Very stupid mistake. Oh well it happens. It's a nice cover up though. I had plans to do this anyways so it all worked out. I'm goign to cut grooves here. You can see how I center punched several time to drill down the lines.

Another shot of the center punches. Notice the small grooves at the bottom. I F#$%ed up three to:) LOL. Looks cool though dont it?

Close up.

Just got down drilling.

All done. I filed out the grooves nice and smooth. When the time comes I will put some UV green behind the grooves and then lite it up. Should look cool. I will most like cut some more or just drill some holes to give a futuristic look to it.

06-26-2005, 11:34 PM
couldnt run me through that roughly could you?


06-28-2005, 12:19 AM
Update,... another small one. It's like I spent only an hour today either. This intricate work is time consuming! Lordy. Mr. Boddaker,... I have a dremel, why I didn't use it to make the grooves? There's a logical reason actually, it's,... I don't know. LOL. Seriously,... I don't know why I didn't use it to just cut the grooves. Well,... The short grooves couldn't be cut with the dremel. The diameter of the cutting disc is too large. By time the disc cuts through the aluminum, the groove would be to long. I for whatever reason found that drilling was easier? I dont know. I will most likely cut some more larger grooves. I will make sure that I use the dremel to cut them to see if it is easier,... which it most likely will be. Anyways,... moving on. I want you guyz to tell me what you think of this,... I like it. But it needs some more work. Both the panels I have been cutting the past two days are not done just to let you guyz know.

I'm cutting some more smaller grooves here in the other LED panel. This time I thought I would cut more then the other side to mix it up a bit.

All filed and done. Just needs some sanding.

Now,... seeing that the other side has the VFD. I thought I would somewhat even things out by adding a cool kind of window thing here on the other side. It's not really a window but is? You know? I mean it's not even centered with teh panel or sized evenly. It's like a window panel thing kinda like the ones in the Cube. you know the movie? Theres going to be a UV green panel behind it just like the grooves and whatever I cut into the panels. I think it looks nice. I have to even out the look though. I have to add some more triangles to the panels, maybe even some circles to smooth out all the hard square edges. I want it to look futuristic with looking to corny. Here I scrathed out the window and center punched.

Just got done jig sawing out the pattern.

All done.

Like I said,... It's not done. I have some more work to do to the panels to make them look more complete. I think I will actually have some more time to work on the puter tomorrow. Yea! Till then. This post was copied from gruntville so it may read weird. All my posts here will be copied from gruntville to save time. Thanks! Also,... I change the title for the very first thread to the new updated date. Check it to see whether iv'e updated or not.

06-28-2005, 04:42 AM
you have mad skills. keep up the good work!

06-28-2005, 04:43 AM
you have mad skills. keep up the good work!

Thanks :D.

06-28-2005, 05:12 AM
Is this your first mod?

06-28-2005, 12:42 PM
Is this your first mod?

Yes. I cut out a window for my last case but thats about it :D. Do I have any past experience working with metal, acrylic, or doing anything like this whatsoever,... No. LOL. Seriously. You can do anything you set your mind too. If you REALLY want it,... you can have it.

06-28-2005, 09:42 PM
A quick photochop provided by my lovely women. This shuold give a quick idea of what the UV it going to looking behind the panels. It does no justice though.


06-29-2005, 01:19 AM
Yes. I cut out a window for my last case but thats about it :D.

7 words : Watch out CrimsonSky. The competion is here
*looks around to check no angry :mad: men with dremels are coming*

But seriously, if all your mods are going to be this good, Crimson may have some serious competion here.

06-29-2005, 01:33 AM
7 words : Watch out CrimsonSky. The competion is here
*looks around to check no angry :mad: men with dremels are coming*

But seriously, if all your mods are going to be this good, Crimson may have some serious competion here.

LOL. I really dont want to compete with anyone although a little bit a competition wouldnt hurt anyone. crimsonsky is good and I can only hope that one day I will be pumping out projects similar to his. Me though,... I'm not really into designing computers according to themes such as mars city. I like to make really nice computers:)

06-29-2005, 09:55 AM
7 words : Watch out CrimsonSky. The competion is here
*looks around to check no angry :mad: men with dremels are coming*

But seriously, if all your mods are going to be this good, Crimson may have some serious competion here.

competition? its just plain stupid. its like comparing two musicians or artists. they represent two different styles and their mods are not the same. While I like some of Paul's mods better than the others, it doesnt mean they compete with eachother or there is a winner. Its all personal tastes and calling this a competition is just not appropriate.

06-29-2005, 01:05 PM
I like the fact that you like the like of the like like....but yeah, I like what I like and you like what you like so we like what we like so like we can like waht we all like. Its all about what we like, and how we like it. So we should like it....like it or not.

Did I say I like this mod?

06-30-2005, 05:54 AM
I move that that post be deleted from the forums.
On the grounds that it was retarded.

06-30-2005, 11:53 AM
9/34 of matthew's post was just the word "like". Thats more than a quarter.

07-01-2005, 12:41 AM
So he's 9/34-th's retarded then.

07-01-2005, 03:33 AM
competition? its just plain stupid. its like comparing two musicians or artists. they represent two different styles and their mods are not the same. While I like some of Paul's mods better than the others, it doesnt mean they compete with eachother or there is a winner. Its all personal tastes and calling this a competition is just not appropriate.
that is not what i meant. i meant that TribalOverkill is a really good modder and CrimsonSky might have to move over and share the position of Best Modder? see what i mean? :?

07-01-2005, 03:46 AM
Blackout is the mod...
Tribaloverkill is the man...

07-01-2005, 05:00 AM
It never said Blackout........

:D thanks for pointing it out

07-01-2005, 05:29 AM
WHOA! What is this! Dude,... there is really no competition here. I am moddin a personal computer to meet my criteria of what I think a computer should look like or atleast this computer:) Crimson modded his to what he wanted end of story:) We have to different styles of modding as one fo you already mentioned. But,... then again, I might be going to MML next year and if I was to submit my PC in the contest wouldnt that be competing :??

07-01-2005, 06:11 AM
ok. let's just get back to the mod. ok?

07-01-2005, 06:52 AM
Yea. I am going to try and do some work today. I have alot of stuf I have to do for mother first. If i can get it done fast enough I might have some time to do some more work on it.

07-03-2005, 02:08 PM
Ok,... I got my pics uploaded!!! Here we go! This is for Jul-01-2005,...

Here are the 5.25 bay covers all finished. They are not really finshed becuase I have to add buttons and stuff to one and RCA jacks to the other. Plus they need a clear coat. They are done for now.

Making spacers to hold the panels upagainst the 5.25 bay.

Heres the LED cover mounted and ready to go.

Here's the VFD cover mounted and ready to go.

Another shot of the LED cover because I think it looks nice!

07-03-2005, 02:10 PM
Ok,... here is for Jul-02-2005!

Here you have two pieces of aluminum that had one edge each filed straight. They were filed separately. Notice how flush they are when brought together? Isn't that cool?

Same two pieces with the edges separateed a bit.

Those two pieces of aluminum put side by side long ways to form what will be a front panel for my pc. The touching edges have yet to be filed straight.

Heres the top panel although not done in place. It's behind the case's aluminum because the tinted face panel will be ontop of the cases aluminum. Both panels will be bolted together sandwiching the case.

Here's a close up.

Those two pieces with those two touching edges filed straight.

Just got done jigsawing the bottom panel! LET ME SEE YOUR HORNS!!! YEA!

This is Sponge Bob Square Pants IN THE WAY OF MY CAMERA!! SPONGE BOB! MOVE!

THANK YOU! Moving on,... this is what sponge bob ever so happily covered with his yellow spongy body. It's the top and bottom panel just after jigsawing.

Close up.

FILED AND FITTED BABY! Yea! Look how sexy!!

Another close up!

Look how flush,... OH MY.

Plans for the LCD,...

CUT, FILED, AND FITTED!!! Damn thats hot! What a pain in the ARSE to get in though!!! It's like a chinese puzzle to get in!! It took me a good 20 minuted to figure how to get it in, seriously.

There really isn't anything else I can do right now except drill holes to mount them. I have to figure out what swtiches and stuff I will have on the panels first before I cut, obviously. I guess I'll make the front face panel then I guess? till then,... PEACE! OH! The DVD face plates are coming off. The DVD drives are actually going to be stealthed.

07-04-2005, 07:50 AM
Some hungarian website called www.radikalmod.hu wrote an artical about my litte project here. It was my gurlfriend that actually found it. I was surprised when she told me she had found something about me over on some hungarian site. Anyways,... I requested a translated version of it and this is what the person had sent me,...

Here's the link,...

Here's the email,...

Az els* amit el szeretnék mondani Tribaloverkill modjáról az, hogy még nincs teljesen készen. A srácra a GruntwillE egyik worklog fórumán bukkantunk, s egyet mindenképp meg kell el kell ismerni: a srác nagyon tehetséges!

>The first, what I want to say abaut Tribaloverkills mod, it`s, that it is not finished jet. We find the guy in one of the worklog forums on GruntwillE, and I must admit one thing: he is very talented!

Annak ellenére, hogy a komplett ház még nem készült el Tribal munkája igen érdekes! A worklog nagyon pontos, sok képpel ellátott. A srác egy Lian-Li házat alakít át, Danger Den vízh*téssel megspékelve. A radiátorokat pedig nem a ház oldalán, hanem a tetején helyezte el, méghozzá egy tetszet*s burkolatban.

>Even so, the complete case is not finished jet Tibal`s work is very interesting! The worklog is exact, with many pictures. He is modifying a Lian-Li case, whit a Danger Den water cooling. And the radiators are placed not on the side of the PC case, but on the top, in a well looking casing.

forrás: GruntvillE
A munkanapló bevezet minket munkájának minden mozzanatába, a sorokat olvasva tanúi lehetünk, hogyan módosul a terv az els* skicct*l a tökéletes végcélig. Mint már említettem a napló meglehet*sen pontos. Átfogó betekintést nyerünk a fémmegmunkálástól kezdve, a fúráson át, a végs* polírozásig minden egyes munkaállomásról. Tribal saját bevallása szerint ez els* nagyobb PC modja, és mindent a saját b*rén próbál ki. A fórum tetemes oldalszáma ellenére is (vagy pont az végett) ajánlott olvasmány mindenkinek akit csak egy kicsit is érdekel a számítógépe moddolása!

>The worklog guiding us in every aspect of his work, reading his words we can see how is the plan evolving, from the first drawing to the perfect endproduct. As I mentioned the log is very exact. We gain a general know-how how to do metalwork, drill, up to polishing, every state of the work. Tribal`s says on his own admission, that this is his firs grate PC mod, and he is try everything on his own. In the face of the huge number of pages (or accordingly for that) it is a referenced reading for everyone who is just a little interested in modding his/her PC.

forrás: GruntvillE
Na de most a már kész munkáról is ejtsünk pár szót! A burkolat maga egy alumínium doboz, mely minden oldalról sötétített plexivel van takarva. A „doboz” két sorosan kapcsolt radiátort rejt, melyeket 4 ventilátor h*t le. Az egész burkolat szintén alumíniumból készült lábakon áll, valamint fele olyan magas Al lábak tartják a fed*lapot is a radik felett. A leírásból kiderül, hogy burkolat belülr*l zöld UV fénnyel lesz megvilágítva, s így fogunk tudni gyönyörködni a radiátorok és ventilátorok együttesén.

>And now some words about the jet finished work! The casing is an aluminum case, that is covered from every side whit dark plexiglas. The “box” is hiding two serial attached radiators, they are cooled whit 4 ventilators. The whole case is standing on aluminum foots, and have as tolls foots holding the covering above the radis. From the writings comes out, that the case will have green UV inside, so we may enjoy the aggregation of the radis and ventis.

forrás: GruntvillE
Ez a mod jelenlegi állása. Viszont biztosra vesszem, hogy Tribal még sok meglepetéssel fog szolgálni számunkra. Azt hiszem mindannyiunk nevében mondhatom, hogy gratulálunk neki az eddigi teljesítményéhez, s várjuk az újabb fejleményeket!

>This is the current state of the mod. But I`m sure that Tribal will have many surprises for us. I think we can congratulate him for his performance, and we awaiting the new ones!

Kapcsolódó link:
A GruntvillE fórumján Tribaloverkill worklog-ja

07-04-2005, 08:20 PM

07-05-2005, 12:18 AM
Ok,... today I figure something out that I have been ponder about for some time. I show you what I am talking about in a minute. I got 25 new pictures!!! I can't believe how far I have come with this project! Sadly I am almost done:( Almost:) I still have alot to do but from what I started with I feel like I am almost done. Anyways,... to the pics!

I have the sides case taped off here because I am getting ready to drill the mounting holes. Notice how this portion of the case has a ton of holes already there. If my marks dont land directly in the center of one of the holes that are already there this could be a problem when drilling. When I go to drill the drill bit is going to slide into the the hole instead of drilling where I want it to drill.

As you can see the marks are offset from the holes that are already there. I need a way to keep the drill bit on the mark as oppose to jumping into the holes.

This is what I came up with. I took a scrap piece of aluminum and drilled a hole using the very drill bit I will be using to drill the holes in there case. I clamp the scrap piece to the case so that the hole is directly over the mark. Then I drill. The scrap piece will keep the drill bit from jumping into the hole.

Directly over the hole,...


Heres one that looks neat. The mark was pretty much in one of the holes that was already there but slightly off.

Here another that doesnt look so good. That thats because the mark was directly in the center and when I drill though it cut away most the the metal around the hole. I ended up removing the remaining metal around the holes because it was thin and pointless.

Here I am making the very front panel out of the tinted acrylic. I have already at this point drilled the mounting holes in the aluminum front panels. I didnt take pictures because I forgot too! I'm only human!!! Anyways,... I am using the smae method I used to cut all of the other acrylic. It works so well. It only took me 10 minutes to cut this thing!

Aligning the router fence using a flat squared edge.

All done and prefectly sized.

Now,... this is what I was pondering for the longest time. I wanted to know how I would cut out the openings for the optical drives, the LCD, and possibly some switches and other stuff. I figured this out when I found out that I needed to cut a little notch out for the front USBs, audio jacks, whatever. Basically,... I wanted rounded corners. So, I cut this ruler up along with a strip of aluminum. The rulers are the fences and the two plain strips are the spacers. The pictures will tell all,...

I tape the fences to the spacers,...

Like so,...

Then I tape them to the acrylic,...

I make sure they are lined up with the lines perfectly!

It's stuck on there good.

I run it through the router and this is what I get!

How friggin cool is that!

07-05-2005, 12:19 AM
It's perfect!

Fits perfectly!

Heres the front panel bolted down! Notcie the cases side panel is on too. See thow the bolts line up!

close up.

Another shot of the notch once bolted down.

See the aluminum panels on installed too. They are sandwiching the case.

Thats a good days work. Now,... It's almost time for the UV green. I am going to make smaller UV panels that will go ontop of the tinted acrylic in front of each optical drive, the LCD, and the switches. I was thinking that instead of putting the UV panels ontop of the tinted panel that I would put them behind it inbetween the aluminum and the tinted. I think that would look hot! I would need some way of fastening them though. I could either glue them to the tinted panel and how the glue does distort the look to much. I dont think you will be able to see the glued areas all the much seeing that its kinda dark. But you might when the UV is lit up. Or I could use the tiny bolts I got already that I plan on using to hold the UV panels up ontop of the tinted panel. It would be the same except the UV panels would be behind the tinted. So from the very front you would see the tinted panels and the larger bolts on the side holding up the tinted panel and the smaller bolts more in the middle of the tinted panel holding up the UV panels behind the tinted panel. Got me? Let me know what you think about that. BYE!

07-05-2005, 08:46 PM
Not really an update but I did take a few pics of the optical drives in place with their faces off. I am trying to plan my next move.


07-05-2005, 10:15 PM
Heh, it almost looks like a Powermac G5. Turning out really well so far, keep up the good work. :)

07-05-2005, 10:55 PM
wow man!! thats kick @$$

07-06-2005, 03:36 AM
:D.that looks mad!!

07-06-2005, 08:38 AM
stop spamming!

600th post! w00t

07-06-2005, 08:48 PM
it is surely shaping up very nicely

07-06-2005, 11:38 PM
lookin good, I like the mesh. Good luck with the mod.

07-07-2005, 12:21 AM
So today I accomplished nothing! This is because I made a stupid mistake that cost me the tinted front panel. This means that I have to make a new one. This isnt really bad seeing that it really took me no time at all to make it. It's just that I could be doing something else as oppose to working on something that SHOULD be finished. Anyways,... I messed up when I went to cut ou tthe hole for the LCD. The width of the hole was to big. I was suppose to subtract these two values from the width of the optical drive trays but ended up only subtracting the one value. STUUUUUUUUUPID! Thats ok,... because just like the readiator housing,... the new panel will be better even though the panel came out pretty damn good despite the goof! I made a video too! I made a video of my drilling through the tinted acrylic! Exciting isnt it! The point of the video is to show you how a correctly ground drill bit cuts through acrylic. Enjoy.

Here I am marking where the trays will be coming through the tinted panel. I am not relying solely on the trays shadows. I messured where the trays are in comparison to the surface of the table. Im ussing the shadows to check the messurements. It was dead on.

Finished mapping out the trays,...

Finished mapping tou the whole thing,...

This is a correctly ground drill bit to be used to drill through acrylic. Notice the point. The point will keep the the drill bit from running around of the surface of the acrylic. Notice the flatsided cutting edge. This is so that the bit scrapes to cut and doesnt gouge.

Here's a video of my using this bit. Try this with a regular drill bit and you'll see what I mean. Notcie how fast I drill though without breaking the acrylic. I don't reccomend drilling that fast to finished holes. You want to go somewaht slow for a finished hole.

Proof that your bit worked.

Nice holes.

Heres how I cut of the tray and LCD holes.

Got vacuum? LOL. I couldnt use the vacuum when using the router this time because I had to remove the fence to make these cuts. I s@#$ you not,... the shavings are flying right up in my face!!! All over the place! I was blowing them out my nose!!! So messy.

One tray finished.

All finished! Look how PRO!

DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! DOH!!! To much width. I have to make this all over again. No big deal. I'll do that in the morning.

07-08-2005, 12:39 AM
Here's the replacement pictures.

This is the old messed up tinted panel.

This is the new panel all mapped out ready to go.

The LCD now, is going to sit right up on the back of the tinted panel. So,... I want rounded edge for the LCD hole to make it look more "open". You know what I mean?

07-08-2005, 02:36 AM
how do u press the buttons on the drives? they are covered from looking at the pictures.

07-09-2005, 10:22 AM

The new front panel! Perfect

LCD hole with rounded edges.

Rounded USB notch.

Panel over LCD. Look how that fits! Perfect. This exactly what I was trying to accomplish. I am going to put black electrical tape over the silver border of the LCD so it wont be visible.

Another shot.

07-09-2005, 10:25 AM
how do u press the buttons on the drives? they are covered from looking at the pictures.

Yup. They are covered. I am most likely going to wire up new buttons and put them below the drives somewhere within the free space below. I might move the audio out jacks and the volume wheels too.

07-09-2005, 04:47 PM
Looking SUPERB!!!, keeps getting better and better.

Keep up the Excellent work. :D :D

PS - Out of curiosity (hope u don't mind me asking) how pricey is the tinted acrylic?

Here in the UK, is stupidly expensive trying to get any plastic/metal sheeting.

I keep looking at some of the prices of stuff on the US hardware sights.... :mad: :mad:

You Yanks don't know how lucky u are.... ;)

07-09-2005, 05:08 PM
Looking SUPERB!!!, keeps getting better and better.

Keep up the Excellent work. :D :D

PS - Out of curiosity (hope u don't mind me asking) how pricey is the tinted acrylic?

Here in the UK, is stupidly expensive trying to get any plastic/metal sheeting.

I keep looking at some of the prices of stuff on the US hardware sights.... :mad: :mad:

You Yanks don't know how lucky u are.... ;)

Thanks! I 60$ for the tinted, thats a 4' x 8' sheet and I paid 100 for the 4' x 8' sheet of UV green. Sorry about the pricing down by you. That sucks. You tried going to a scrap metal yard for metal? I got hude sheets of aluminum for a couple of bucks!

07-09-2005, 06:07 PM
Yeah, Im gonna try contacting a few places about buying some of the off cuts. Could come in handy for smaller parts of the case mod, plus should be a bit cheaper. :D

Worst that can happen is that they say no....

07-09-2005, 09:43 PM
wow that tinted plexi in the front looks sweet!

07-10-2005, 11:18 AM
Yeah, Im gonna try contacting a few places about buying some of the off cuts. Could come in handy for smaller parts of the case mod, plus should be a bit cheaper. :D

Worst that can happen is that they say no....

They wont say no. Selling scrap instead of throwing it out, who would say no?

07-10-2005, 11:21 AM
wow that tinted plexi in the front looks sweet!

Thanks bro.

07-10-2005, 11:45 PM
UPDATE! I wasn't really successful today. Today was more like one of those experimenting trying to figure out a way too,... day. Anyways,... check the pics,...

Once again,... reservoir before.

Reservoir after. I flame polished it, obviously.

Pieces that will be used for the optical drive tray panels. Yes,... there is UV green acrylic there. I finally cut up the sheet of UV green stuff. This stuff is so cool.

UV green.

After first cut.

All the UV shavings left over after using the router. It doesn't look like much in the picture but its cool as hell in person.

All done cutting. Ready for the corners to be rounded.

Lit up.

Tinted rounded and in its slot. I am not going to use these because I made them a tiny bit to small. I mean like a 32 of an inch, LOL. Yea. Thre are other reason I dont want to use them.

The tinted and UV together on the front of the tray. This is what it's going ot look like, without the hand of coarse.

Another shot of the tinted in place.

Lit up.

This stuff is so cool.

This is what the front of the computer is goin gto look like. The UV behind the tinted. Also,... the edges of the UV have been rounded just a bit so you can see the glowing edges looking from head on. Sweet isnt? ISNT IT!!

Here's the PSONE painted black. Not exactly the best paint job but it's black and theres none no the screen:)

07-11-2005, 01:39 AM
why did u paint the screen???:eek: now u wont be able to see anything on it??? :?

edit: *sinks back into chair*

Crimson Sky
07-11-2005, 10:39 AM
why did u paint the screen???:eek: now u wont be able to see anything on it??? :?

he wrote "there's none on the screen"--he just painted the frame :D

lookin' great, cant wait to see the front completed and lit up.

07-11-2005, 06:22 PM
why did u paint the screen???:eek: now u wont be able to see anything on it??? :?

LOL, have some coffee :D

07-11-2005, 07:33 PM
FINALLY! It took me almost a whole day to make these stupid little tray panels!!! They are finished so I am happy. Pics,...

Here's is the template I made.

Here is how I rounded the corners. I think it belongs to a toilet.

I cut the first two. I only cut by two because when you cut by anything more it becomes inaccurate atleast when the pieces are this small.

All the panels cut and ready to be drilled.

First panel in place.

Heres the front of the tray. I cut the notches you see.

These panels are removable baby! Hell yea!

Theres a small square of foam inbetween the acrylic and the face of the drive tray. This is to help keep the acrylic vertical because the original face is slightly round.

Both panels finished.

Let me know what you think! I dont know how I will light up these panels yet but I will let you know when I do. Also,... if a cdrom should get stuck inside the devises I will have to remove the devise to unlock the trays.

07-11-2005, 09:29 PM
WOW thats looking good ;) keep it up man

Crimson Sky
07-11-2005, 10:11 PM
those trays are looking excellent---why not plot out and drill a 1/16th inch hole for the emergency release mechanism---it wont detract from the look at all :)

07-12-2005, 12:00 AM
those trays are looking excellent---why not plot out and drill a 1/16th inch hole for the emergency release mechanism---it wont detract from the look at all :)

Thats true,... but how often do you actually use that emergency release? I never had to use it. I figured that if I ever had to use it, removing 4 little screws wouldnt bother me all that much. Crimson, I'M YOUR GREATEST FAN! LOL. I had to get that out. I love your work bro. You have some true talent.

07-13-2005, 06:59 PM
Gotta tell you i look all over the net at case mods and i must say you hit top3 on my list( i cant choose which i like best between my top 3). But anyways you do some high quality work and i cant believe you dont have much experience in the areas you're modding such as metal and acrylic work.

Where do you get your acrylic cuz a 4 x 8 sheet of the tinted acrylic at the place that i just bought some from, it was 150$ and i believe you said you got it for 60$ could be mistaken though.

Also I know i saw the bit you used in these pictures for the router but for the life of me i cant find it again. Me and my dad are building a computer desk for me (huge its the main feature of my room) and the top is acrylic and were hacing trouble cutting it so i was curious what type of bit you used to do you're nice cuts.

**sorry for any mis-spellings etc i dont really want to re-read this or put it through a spell check.

07-13-2005, 08:02 PM
Hey, Thanks for the compliments and dont worry about the spelling, I mistype all the time. I did get the tinted acylic for $60. I got it at this place called E&T plastics in mount laurel new jersey. Look up E7T plastics online, they have a site. The two bits I use for the router is a rounded bit and a straight edge bit. Both are carbide bits. That is a must. Even though its plastic,... it dulls regualr bits fast! I got them from a home depot. You can get them at a lowes or some equivalent. Get one with a ball bearing collar and use it! It works great! Setup a straight edge as I did in my work log and just run the bit down it. Work everytime! Go here for some pics,... this is my main log. http://www.gruntville.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=11505&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=420

07-13-2005, 08:03 PM
Oh,... if you do it with the rulers,... dont use painted ruller as the paint comes off on the router bit and the surface of the ruler becomes even and rough.

07-13-2005, 10:33 PM
I didnt get a chance to tell my dad what to get b4 he did i told him waht the bit looked like by memory last night and luckily he gota perfect match carbide and everything. We allready did test cuts and i feel it was rather amazing. i might use rulers when it comes time for my case mod(but right now the table is about 2 feet and maye a lil larger and its a corner desk so in all its 4 feet wide and 8 feet long which means were doing fencing) . i actually just recieved the styrene plastic im going to be giving a try. lots of curves on my pc mod minimal acrylic use if any. But anyways thanks, and i hope you dont mind but i might come back to you for a lil more help later.

07-14-2005, 01:09 PM
I didnt get a chance to tell my dad what to get b4 he did i told him waht the bit looked like by memory last night and luckily he gota perfect match carbide and everything. We allready did test cuts and i feel it was rather amazing. i might use rulers when it comes time for my case mod(but right now the table is about 2 feet and maye a lil larger and its a corner desk so in all its 4 feet wide and 8 feet long which means were doing fencing) . i actually just recieved the styrene plastic im going to be giving a try. lots of curves on my pc mod minimal acrylic use if any. But anyways thanks, and i hope you dont mind but i might come back to you for a lil more help later.

You do that I dont mind helping. Becarful with fencing,... I had no luck with it. I think it's my router table that gave me the trouble. I couldnt cut straight perfect lines with it. Thats why I went with the ruler method. Anyways, good luck with it.

07-14-2005, 01:09 PM
A small meaning less update.
I had to do something about these foam pads. As you can see by the pictures, they weren't really doing a good job.

Mainly because of this. I cut it this big so that the panel could be adjusted to fit the hole in the front panel. I need sosething to cover it up a bit but still be able to adjust. What could I make?!?!?!?!?

I could make these!!! ARent they AMAZING!!! SHOCK ANS AWE BABY!

This is how they work. Esy. I stagger the foam and the plates like this to keep the panel vertical. I do this because the old face panel is roundand the new panel tilts on it.

Also,... check this out. I rounded the edges a bit with a razor blade. I scraped the edges round I didnt cut them. When cutting acrylic, your not really "cutting" or you don't want to "cut", you want to scrape to cut. "Cutting" leads to breaking. remeber that. It's important. Anyways,... I rounded the edges as I said I was going to do so you can see a glowing edge around the whole panel while staring at the front of it. I also saned it a bit too because the scraping left some nice clear scrapes which you could see when it was lit up. That being because the light was passing through the clear areas as oppose to being diffused like the last of the ares. It looks a hell of alot better in person and behind the tinted acrylic.

Next year I will be going to MML with this case,... you all need to come out and see her in person :D

07-14-2005, 01:10 PM
Damn dude! Let me know when you stop being awesome so others can take a turn :)

When you said you scraped it off do you mean perpendicular to the acrylic or almost parallel like shaving?

Ok,... you take a razor blade and you hold the blade against the edge of the acrylic so that the blade is vertical or perpendicular to the edge. With a little bit a pressure pushing down on the blade run it across the edge. You should see a string of acrylic come off as you do it. Once down sand it down to give that diffused look:)


07-14-2005, 03:58 PM
Looking absolutely wonderful if you ask me. AS IM SURE you have heard many many times by now through your project really like your idea using ur hobby knife to do the edge.

07-23-2005, 09:12 PM
Oh man no updates on this for a while. I really want to see how this project turns out.

07-23-2005, 10:22 PM
Yea,... I know. I just got off of vacation. On the last day of my vacation I crashed my bike at the virginia international raceway. I was hit by another rider and was thrown off my bike at about 60 - 70mph. So,... I was banged up, a bit. Plus I got use to sleeping nights, I work night shift. So when I get home from work, instead of working on the puter I was going to bed. I was tired as hell. I started working on it the last couple of days. Havent really got anything done, just planning and figuring things out. Right now I am trying to figure out where I am going to put everything instead. It's tight! Two days at this and I just figured it out. It going to be a sweet setup. Just wait. I have two ports at the top of the reservoir which is mounted up higher then the rest of the WCing stuff(except rads). One is for filling and the other is for escaping air. You open both and fill. IT makes filling faster and a bit neater. My filling ports are bit bit smaller then usual so thats why I through in the air port. You dont need to open the case at all to drain/ fill this machine. all ports are excessible from the outside. I am not using danger dens fill ports either. I made my own:) I have a "T" which is going to be located at lowest point of the WCing loop. The drain port will be located in the back of the case, somewhere. All you need to do and put the case at the edge of a table and open the port. Just catch everything in a bowl. Easy as that. It's hot. I have so much to do. I am trying to get as much done as possible. Certain things have to be done at certain times. This is why I am jumping around from task to task. I have some pictures of what I started but I am not going to post them until this task is done and that is mounting the reservoir, pumps, installing the ports and tubes. Crazy thing is that once I am done with this I have to take it all out again. LOL. Sucks but doesnt. Anyways,... I'm tired going to bed. Peace.

07-23-2005, 10:23 PM
Oh and I am in the process of redoingthe panels for the trays. I'm doing it the right way now. You'll see what I have done once I have pics of the work. Bye.

07-23-2005, 11:37 PM
oh the suspense is killing me!

07-24-2005, 05:53 AM
Sorry to hear about the bike spill whats killing you most, the gettin beat up or the loss of your new bike (assuming its the new one). Glad to hear you're back to working on the case tho, have beenw ondering where youve been :P

07-24-2005, 01:11 PM
Yeah man sorry to hear about your spill. Glad your everything is alright though. I can't wait for the new updates. I feel like I am having withdraw from this mod you where updating so much at one point!

07-24-2005, 08:56 PM
Sorry to hear about the bike spill whats killing you most, the gettin beat up or the loss of your new bike (assuming its the new one). Glad to hear you're back to working on the case tho, have beenw ondering where youve been :P

HA HA HA, I still have my bike. Theres only minor damage to the bike. Thats crazy because the crash should of demolished the bike. I'll show you some pics later. I also have an update! You guyz are going to love this! I'll post it in a little bit, have to take my gurl bowling:) Peace!

07-24-2005, 11:31 PM
What going bowling without me? Im offended! lol Happy to hear about the bike tho. I would have freaked if something new of mine went up in smoke. Now hurry up and get back from bowling. Sheesh you're like dangling a bone in front of us that we cant get! Thats just not right :P

07-25-2005, 01:27 AM
UPDATE! YEA! I'm gonna be quick about this. I want to upload my track pics and the wreck pics too. Check it out,...

Ok,... heres a brass elbow I got from home depot. I'm goign to use this with the reservoir but first I need to drill out some of that meat in there. Very narrow passage.

Done. Now, another problem,...

This,... no problem. I'll just drill that out too.

After drilling it again this is what I ended up with. Nice isnt it?

I'm using RED thread locker for my threads. I trust this stuff over tape. I will be using tape when it comes to the reservoir though, it's acrylic.

Here is how everything will be setup. How friggin cool is that! I wanted the pumps to be mounted identical to ech other as oppose to one pump facing one direction and the other facing a different direction. I wanted the reservoir up high so it can do its job catching air. It just crossed my mind now that I forgot and drain line. Crap. Thats ok. I still have a small piece of hose left that might just be long enough. Thats crazy because that mean I bought just enough hose. LOL. Anyways,... feast your eyes.

Check out this reservoir mounting. It's mounted right to the top of the case with two nylon washers which are keeping it from touching the top of the case. One port is for escaping air while filling. Makes it a bit easier to fill. The ID of those ports are a bit smaller then the rest of the system so filling will be a bit slower. But with the air port it won't wont be all that slow. I have threaded plugs that screw into them when the system is filled. The rad housing will be over those ports somewhat hiding them. I dont really want them to be all that hidden because I like them and I want people to kinda of see them so they can ask about them. The fill hose will have a fitting on the end of ti that will screw into the fill port. The fill hose is smaller in diameter so it can bend alot easier. Theres just enough height once the rad housing is bolted to the case to screw in the fill hose to fill. It's perfect. There goign to be a drain port just like this on the back of the case.

Here's what I did for the tray panels. I epoxied and piece of tinted acrylic to the front of the trays. I filed it down to size and when done, it looks like it was there the whole time:) Just the way I like it:) I cut little mounting grooves and,...

got this.

Now,... check this out. I needed a support bracket for the reservoir. I didnt want to accidently hit the reservoir and crack the threaded holes. The only thing holding up the reservoir are the ports. I need something to hold it other then the ports. This is the start of the bracket. The long strip you see I cut initially. I cut it from the aluminum I got from the junkyard. When I tried the bend a 90 degree with it,... it broke everytime. I tried heating it. Still broke. I dont have the means of heating it enough to bend it to that degree. The alloy is the same of the case, I think. IT slightly harder which means it breaks a bit easier when bent to much without enough heat. So I cut another strip out of the stuff I got from my friend. This aluminum is a bit softer which means it bends alot easier without any heat.

Here I'm bending a 90 degree. I already started bending the strip around the reservoir.

Here it almost done. There will be a bolts where the clamp is. There will be two more pieces that will bent 90 degrees each. They will be bolt to the top of the case. The support arm will be bolted between them just as it is between the tabs the the bracket.

Tomorrow first thing in the morning I will get back to work! What do you think?

07-25-2005, 02:00 AM
Just out of curiousity I dont kno if you discussed this yet but what happens if one pump fails, or one pumps more then the other will this hurt the other pump ne?

07-25-2005, 02:11 AM
Just out of curiousity I dont kno if you discussed this yet but what happens if one pump fails, or one pumps more then the other will this hurt the other pump ne?

Well,... if one pump fails. It will restrict the flow just a bit, atleast I would imagine it would. The coolant will still be able to flow through the failed pump. The flow wont be as great seeing that one pump will be moving water through the entire system. I will have ways of checking for pump activity.

07-25-2005, 02:13 AM
Here's the track pics,...

Here's the wreck pics,...


P.S. How you guyz think I look in spandex? I think I am one sexy B@#$%!

07-25-2005, 11:47 AM
Here's the track pics,...

Here's the wreck pics,...


P.S. How you guyz think I look in spandex? I think I am one sexy B@#$%!

Your Wreck gets the 404 error page.

Looks like you do the same bike racing as one of my co-workers.

07-25-2005, 02:56 PM
Sticky this!

And mine too :D

07-25-2005, 03:02 PM
The wreck link works now. Sloth if you can see pics before page 13 then I dont know whats wrong. All the pics are on the same server. Got o gruntville.com and look for my other log in the worklog forum. See if you can see them there.

07-25-2005, 03:02 PM
Sticky this!

And mine too :D

Yea! Sticky this! LOL. And his! LOL.

07-25-2005, 05:54 PM

07-25-2005, 06:20 PM

SWEET! Thanks. And for doing me that for me,... I'm going to give you an update!

07-25-2005, 06:21 PM
Ok. Finished the reservoir support bracket. Intricate work takes up so much time. But, it's worth it. The bracket is the only thing I got done today. I'm ok with that though because it looks cool as hell.

This is going to be the two pieces I didnt finish the other day. I'm about to make a 90 degree bend but have to make sure it straight first.

Here's the bracket all finished.

I lined the inside with masking tape so it wont scratch the reservoir.

Here's the reservoir mounted and ready for the next step. It's sturdy as hell, LOL.

Here's the top of the case.

Tomorrow I will be working a way to mount the pumps. Till then,... PEACE!

07-25-2005, 09:25 PM
SWEET! Thanks. And for doing me that for me,... I'm going to give you an update!

Oh like you weren't going to give us an update anyways. :p

your doing some sweet metal work.

07-25-2005, 09:45 PM
Oh like you weren't going to give us an update anyways. :p

your doing some sweet metal work.

LOL. Yea I know. Thanks:)

07-26-2005, 02:15 AM
Please post more pics. I love the cradle but the arm to it look a bit to long and obtrusive to my eye. Could have been the angle. But then again im also not considering you're having a smoked acrylic in front of that. But thats just my 2 cents I am stilla huge fan arm or not :P

07-26-2005, 03:35 AM
Ehhh,... I will agree with you a bit on that note. It does look a bit obtrusive but not that much. Keep in mind that once this is done,... there will be so much stuff in there that it will be the last thing you will notice. I'll post more pics tomorrow when I get home.

07-26-2005, 04:56 AM
Ill keep that in mind and liek i said theyre will also be ur tinted acrylic so you'll prolly only see that awsome looking cradle neways. Ill be looking forward to those pics tomorrow. I now have 2 mod ideas and once I get some software from my friend im going to draw them up and start modding I hope ull be a tough critic for me as I do admire your work.

07-26-2005, 06:46 AM
damn I browse at work and they block gruntville.com argh


That sucks! Try this,... searh for this thread through google and if you find it,... view googles cache version of the search hit. You should be able to see pics. Thats if they didnt block google too. sxenog,... I'll critique your work if you want, no problem.

07-26-2005, 09:11 AM
They block gruntville for me too. How am I supposed to show off R2 on the home page when it's blocked?

07-26-2005, 10:10 AM
sXenog, here's your other shots of the bracket.

Sloth,... the title for gruntville is the same. Just came to mind,... I dont know how you would look for each page:( You might find the worklog but there are like 50 pages:( Sorry:( Maybe if you look for "page 13" or whatever number. I dont know.

07-26-2005, 12:40 PM
Cool. Thanks:)

07-26-2005, 04:28 PM
I still love the cradle while not the biggest fan of the arm but it look alot better in those 2 pics. And im sure once you get the other sthing in the case itll look great.

07-26-2005, 05:45 PM
Thats totally ok. I love it! And I love it even more now that I have my pump tower in place:) I'll update in a minute.

07-26-2005, 06:34 PM

Ok,...So I decided that I wanted some kind of enclosure for the pumps, tower like enclosure. I didn't have a sheet of the bendable aluminum that was big enough for this task so I went to the scrap bin. I decided to use the shell that I scrapped a while ago. It was shell one of three. Before I could use this aluminum I had to bend it back. It was pretty easy. As you can see it bend back nicely.

Here's the begining of the tower. It was a B@#$% bending this piece! I got it done though. One side here still needs to be cut.

After cutting the other side to size I tried fitting it. It fit perfectly.

Here a shot of it with some more work done. I rounded the corners at the top to make it a bit easier to get inot the case.

Here's what I am trying to accomplish.

Here the pumps are in place. Perfect.

I have to file down the tabs at the back of the tightening ring to keep the blue from showing. It will also allow the pumps to sit closer the mobo tray saving some space, 1/4" to be exact.

I am going to make two egg shaped shields that will be merely for show. They will be bolted to the original bracket mounts. These egg shaped shields that i will TRY to make will cover the old mounting post things and the I/O ports too. They will also cover up some of the rest of the pumps too. I dont know if I will be able to make them. It would require me to bang them into shape. I never done that kind of fabrication but I thought I would give it a shot. Let me know what you think!

07-26-2005, 08:48 PM
Well you seem to get everything else looking so Damn Sweet, I'm sure you'll get your eggs looking good.

Gotta say this mod. just keeps getting better and better.... :D

The AN.....TICI.........PATION of what the finished thing is gonne be like is killing us..

Crimson Sky
07-26-2005, 09:35 PM
wow I had no idea how huge that case is!..nice stuff so far. You should get some gasket material between those pumps and the alum housing--I have the same pump and it has a high pitch whine that gets worse without sound dampening :) In fact some spray on PlastiDip (http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=993) would be perfect for that column--the stuff is like a second skin

07-26-2005, 11:30 PM
Man After that tower went in I have ot zip my lips cuz it looks perfectly fine. I love how all your bends in metal are so perfect. Whenver I sugest nething in metal to my dad he cringes and wants me to move to something else.. Is metal work very hard? Cus you make it look so dang good!

07-27-2005, 02:01 AM
Man After that tower went in I have ot zip my lips cuz it looks perfectly fine. I love how all your bends in metal are so perfect. Whenver I sugest nething in metal to my dad he cringes and wants me to move to something else.. Is metal work very hard? Cus you make it look so dang good!

It's not that hard actually. I would say that the hardest thing to do with metal is filing with those small files:( I wish the files were a bit longer and a bit more coarse. Anyways. I love it. I do all my cutting with a jig saw using s fine tooth bit that tears through these sheets and I use files to file the sheets to an exact size. I scour all my lines into the aluminum with a scalpel or a nail so I know my lines will stay. Umm,... yea. It's easy. Bending,... if I cant do it with my hands I use the hammer. I use stuff around the house to set up jigs for bending such as boards, vises, bricks, whatever. Easy.

07-27-2005, 02:05 AM
Yea I can tell that by ur pics. LUCKILY for the mods ive got in my head no metal will be required so I wont need to bug my dad ne since im mostly using styrene plastic or wood. one of my ideas I do believe is entirely unique the other was inspired by a picture int eh project gallery.

When do you think you're gonna have this rig complete? Really cant wait to see it done but then ill be bummed out cuz then i have no anticipation of seeing more work being done by you :P You planning to do another mod in the not too distant future?

07-27-2005, 02:12 AM
wow I had no idea how huge that case is!..nice stuff so far. You should get some gasket material between those pumps and the alum housing--I have the same pump and it has a high pitch whine that gets worse without sound dampening :) In fact some spray on PlastiDip (http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=993) would be perfect for that column--the stuff is like a second skin

Wow,... totally forgot about sound dampening. Hmmm,... I have an idea. Once I grind away the tabs at the rear to the ring thing,... I am going to wrap the motor with the foam pad. Then I will cut two foam rings with a center opening being large enough to go over the padded motor. I'll then put the motor into the hole and this way the pump wont be touching the tower at all. I will have to file way some more of the holes to fit the padded motors. Thanks crimson. That plastidip looks sweet! If I knew about that stuff I would of use it for all the aluminum! Sweet.

07-27-2005, 02:20 AM
Yea I can tell that by ur pics. LUCKILY for the mods ive got in my head no metal will be required so I wont need to bug my dad ne since im mostly using styrene plastic or wood. one of my ideas I do believe is entirely unique the other was inspired by a picture int eh project gallery.

When do you think you're gonna have this rig complete? Really cant wait to see it done but then ill be bummed out cuz then i have no anticipation of seeing more work being done by you :P You planning to do another mod in the not too distant future?

Thats cool. The one other thing about aluminum,... this computer is going to be HEAVY!!! It's already heavy and theres nothing in it! This computer is more then half done,... I would say about 60% done. I work on it almost everyday so progress is made everyday. The thing is that alot of the intricate work takes time. Plus,... planning takes time too. I would say very soon. Do I have plans for something else after this? Well,... I have to find another place to mod first. My gurl friends mother is wanting her garage back to store her stuff. My mother will let me use the garage at her house so I would say yes I have plans for other mods. I have several ideas in my head for mods. I just need the money and time to do them. This one idea I have involves panes of acrylic and aluminum. Basically a box where the sides dont touch. The side are like suppended in mid air using rods or something. Weird stuff but I think I might try and tacle that out next. I'm not sure. I wouldnt mind making my own version of an acrylic case. Lots of ideas.

07-27-2005, 02:32 AM
Yea i wish I had the time and money to try all my ideas. But im just happy that Im finally going to start on something! The suspended side sounds very interesting but in all honesty I really dont understand waht u mean but it does sound interesting :P

07-27-2005, 04:16 AM
Yea i wish I had the time and money to try all my ideas. But im just happy that Im finally going to start on something! The suspended side sounds very interesting but in all honesty I really dont understand waht u mean but it does sound interesting :P

Ehhh it hard to explain. Dont worry about it. Maybe I'll draw it later and show you.

07-27-2005, 07:11 AM
Whatever you wish to do I dont want to be bothersome to you ne.

07-27-2005, 09:41 AM
On bending alluminum how did you learn to know where it would bend with the pipes?? did you read up on it somewhere or did you just do trial and error?

I started off trying to do bending with my current project (Mini WOPR http://forums.gideontech.com/viewtopic.php?t=29984) but the bends didnt turn out the way I wanted them to.

07-27-2005, 09:48 PM
On bending alluminum how did you learn to know where it would bend with the pipes?? did you read up on it somewhere or did you just do trial and error?

I started off trying to do bending with my current project (Mini WOPR http://forums.gideontech.com/viewtopic.php?t=29984) but the bends didnt turn out the way I wanted them to.

I figured it out with trial and error. Here's a link to some pics of how I did it. I have to go to work right now. When I get there I post again how to do it. I think I said how to do it in my log so if you want to skim be my guest.


07-28-2005, 02:10 AM
Ok,... it's very easy. First thing to remember is that your bends are going to be slightly larger then the pipe your using to make your bends. Also,... you want to mark and bend one bend at a time. If you make all your marks first and dont compensate for stretch all your bends except the very first bend will be off. If you dont use the actual bend size to calculate your marks too, your bends will be really off. To determine the actual bend size messure the bend, easy as that. Assuming you went through my log to see how I did the actual bends,... mark a line and bend that line. Take everything off the aluminum and sit it on a table. Set one side the the aluminum on the table and place a ruler against the other side so the ruler is sitting on the table. Make sure your aluminum is standing straight up. Messure from your bend line to the inside of the ruler. Thats your actual bend size and it should be a bit larger then the OD of the pipe you used. Now that you know what the actual bend size is,... all you need to do is subtract that from the size you are looking to acheive. Example,... say you are bending a box like the one I made. Your box is going to be 2 x 4 x 8 x 4 x 2. Now,... say you have a sheet thats 22" long. Now say your actual bend is 1". The first mark would be made 1" from the edge. Place that 2" side you just made flat on a table and stand a ruller up against the remaining aluminum to make your next mark. You next mark is going to be 3" up from the surface of the table. You do this for the rest of your bends. It's easy. By time you get to the end you will have extra aluminum. Even if you had a 20" sheet which is just enough according to the dimensions of your box. The fact that the corners are round will give you extra. Also,... theres some stretching going on too. Just mark and cut off the excess. Got it? GOOD! Peace.

07-28-2005, 08:24 PM
I am gooooood:) Check this out.

I ground down the tabs on the pump ring some using a belt sander. This will let the pump sit closer to the tower.

Sound/ vibration dampening:) Thi sturned out very well! Better then i thought! The OD of the ring is a bit smaller the the pump ring and the ID of the ring is a bit smaller then the motor OD.

Place the foam ring over the hole in the towermaking sure its even.

Gently push the pump through the hole. Now the pump isnt touching the aluminum at all. I dont know how well it will work but it looks like it will do me some good:)

I am going to make some retaining clamps to keep the pumps in thier holes. I'm going to use this hole saw to make my bends. It's slightly smaller then the motors OD so I know when it springs back it will be just about the right size to fit over the motors.

First, I make a small bend at the end. This will be the first tab in which a bolt will pass through to tighten the clamp. You dont need to bend it a full 90 degrees. A bit past 45 degrees is fine.

Clamp the hole saw ontop of the aluminum like so. When done bend up. The aluminum is very soft so it beds with ease. I put an adjustable wrench over tabe I initially bent to bend it comppletely around the hole saw. The tab bent back a bit but thats good because when you band the second tab they will be paralelle to each other. If they are not they need to be.

Here the almost finished clamp in the vise. I just got done drilling out a hole for the bolt. Before I remove it I will cut off the slack. The tabs are together at this point so if I do cut off the slack it will be evenly cut off from both tabs.

Here I'm going to clean up the tops of the tabs with a file. I'm also going to round the corners.

Done:) How cool is that!

Both done!

Pumps mounted!

The tower is not done yet. I still have to cut some grooves in it and make look all pretty. Tomorrow I will do that. Till then peace out my fellow modders!

07-29-2005, 02:03 AM
Really awsome you made some nice bends on there. you're making this thing looks os sleek and clean :)

07-29-2005, 02:15 AM
Really awsome you made some nice bends on there. you're making this thing looks os sleek and clean :)

Thanks sXenog. Thats the idea:)

07-29-2005, 05:58 AM
Damn mate. This case is really cool:D :eek:

07-29-2005, 06:26 AM
Damn mate. This case is really cool:D :eek:

Thanks bro:)

07-29-2005, 10:27 AM
Most excellent creativity and engineering there bro!
Very cool! Keep up the great work!

07-29-2005, 10:34 AM
Thanks TD:)

07-29-2005, 02:04 PM
I'm very impressed with your talent, you made me realize that everything is possible, just have to put your brain to work and with a little imagination anybody can do anything.
well done my friend, I can't wait to see more.
people like you and all other modders inspire me to start modding too.
thank you all.
this forum is the best. :p

"Don't take life so seriously.......
..... is only a temporary condition"

07-29-2005, 03:18 PM
I agree.. very inspiring, and thank your for all the detailed explanations.

07-29-2005, 06:30 PM
Np problem guyz! Thanks for the comps!

07-30-2005, 03:07 AM
Wow. Impressive as usual. keep up the good work:D

08-01-2005, 10:07 AM
I've been reading this worklog for 4 hours now, and I'm spechless.

Nice work tribal! Looking forward to seeing the rest!

08-01-2005, 12:08 PM
I've been reading this worklog for 4 hours now, and I'm spechless.

Nice work tribal! Looking forward to seeing the rest!

Thanks! Going ot try and get some work today so you will have more to read!

08-01-2005, 09:08 PM
1. Sorry about the spill, Ill be tuning a few bikes up at the Glen within the next few weeks, I believe we'll have the track to ourselves if you want to take a few laps

2. That translation wasn't right, maybe one of these days Ill go through it or I'll ask Frakk to.

3. Nice job

08-04-2005, 03:45 PM
Oh My God!

I'm new to all this case modding thing.. working on my first.. but this is absolutely extraordinary.... i just wish i'd have the experience, money, time, ideas.. and so on.. that you have.. it's absolutely brilliant... i can find no flaws...

I'd like to some day be able to do such work on a case or something of mine... Great Job.. keep 'em coming.. OMFG!!

08-04-2005, 08:54 PM
Just to let you know Antedos I do believe this is his first mod as well I think that he said he may have cut a window out too i could be mistaken but i think i read that somewhere in his log he can correct me if im wrong :)

08-05-2005, 07:46 AM
May it be his first.. and many more to come.. but he has also.. the space to work in.. I mean.. a workshop.. hehe.. i don't have such space, nor the tools he has at his disposal... anyway.. great mod.. and i'm sure everyone agrees it's one of the best anyone has seen.. i can't wait to see it finished...

08-05-2005, 09:45 AM
Just to let you know Antedos I do believe this is his first mod as well I think that he said he may have cut a window out too i could be mistaken but i think i read that somewhere in his log he can correct me if im wrong :)

Your right. The only modding before this was cutting out a window and then cutting out a hole in that window for a badong kit. All my past computers were basically put together and thats about it. Well,... I'm off to do some work on it. PEACE!

08-06-2005, 12:57 AM
this looks redonkuless, i've always loved lian li cases and wanted to get 1 and do some mods to it, but i never thought ne of these things. can't wait 2 c how it turns out 2 b. keep up the work

08-08-2005, 08:41 AM
Sorry, feel asleep. Heres my first attempt at some shields. Made of cardboard:)


I think its a bit deep(from the mobo out). I think I can make something a bit lower in profile. Also if I cover a bit more I think it wont look so confined and tall? I'm going ot try something else out now.

08-08-2005, 08:42 AM
Ok,... I've been up ALL friggin night working on this issue with the shields. I created two models in which we have tio choose from. Choose wisely,... model #1.


Model #2.

Both models.

Now,... choose one and tell me how you would want it. As in all UV green or some Uv green and some aluminum, half and half. What would you want UV and what would you want UV. Now,... personally. I like #1. Originally I wanted it with polished aluminum sides and UV in the center. But,... my gurl brought it to my attention that if the sides were UV and lit up, you would see a nice glowing edge. That would be HOT! BUT! I still have a lot of other stuff to do to these things. I want to drill holes in them , cut some grooves, and some other shapes. The edges of all of those cutouts will be glowing. Which means if my sides were aluminum and because of that the edges wouldnt be glowing,... so what. Theres going to be plenty of stuff glowing. You know what I mean? It would be sweet though. You would see that nicely through the side of the computer:) So,... let me know. Pick one,... and tell me how you want it! I'm goign to bed for a little bit. Goingto try and wake up soon to read this and get started on the real deal:)

08-08-2005, 11:33 AM
Personally, I'd go with UV reactive colored acrylic for the side panels. I'd also probably try and build the shields out of .20 styrene which you can then paint up how you want, and would be fairly durable to stand up to some handling. Crimson's MUCH more knowledgable in the area of working with styrene than I am, so it might be best to talk with him about that part, but that's how I'd do it.

Hope my input helps.

08-08-2005, 12:38 PM
I like #1 ... very nice design. I think you and your apprentice ;) both have good ideas on the side panels... what about UV behind the alum on the side panel so that a little sticks out and you still have that glowing edge?

08-08-2005, 12:56 PM
First model - really better than #2
Awsome case, I'm waiting for next update ;)

08-08-2005, 02:24 PM
Love #1. If you wanted to get alot of detail like trim etc. Id say to go with some of that wonderful plastic styrene I made my first cuts in it a couple days ago my first couple sucked but then i found a method that word VERY well for me and got perfect cuts outta the stuff.

ANYWAYS back to your mod. If alum and acrylic are the two materials youw ant to use I say acyrlic with alum accents. Since what the pumps are mounted to are allready alum. The acrylic will set off the background and add some good contrast. Not to mention glow :P

08-08-2005, 02:45 PM

08-08-2005, 05:19 PM

08-09-2005, 03:30 AM
yea i have to say #1 looks tight

08-09-2005, 05:54 AM
I'm going to with number 1. All aluminum with UV green accents. I have an update from yesterday but my image host was down. I will have two updates today. I will post yesterday as soon as I get home and the owrk I do today will get posted tonight when I'm all done.

08-09-2005, 07:36 AM
Bummer wishing for them alum accents instead lol. Cant wait to see how you do accents in acrylic unless ur defyant i thing details got to be HARD witht he stuff :D Have you allready started on the actualy shields or just planning to?

08-09-2005, 09:43 AM
Hold on cowboy,... You might just get you aluminum accents. Right now I have begun to make the side in aluminum. I am going ot make side in the UV green too. I will most likely use both for the side to give that glowing edge thing. For the inner shields,... I will make the aluminum ones first. If I decide that i want to use UV green instead,... I can use the aluminum pieces to help bend a form the UV green shields. I can always cut up the aluminum ones and use them for the accents. I will most likely make one of eveything to try it all out. You guyz have to keep in mind the the tower itself once finished, it will be about 60% aluminum and 40% UV green. So it wont really look like the pumps are being held up just by aluminum. It will all work out in the end. But for now I am making one of everything. Wait for yesterdays pics,... give me a minute.

08-09-2005, 10:33 AM

Here I drew a more precise and modified version of the prototype side. This side has better curves. I drew it on the cardboard instead of some aluminum because some of the drawing consisted of freehand. With freehand there is some erasing and I didnt feel like erasing on aluminum.

Also,... because of the fact that its difficult to determine how big the side can be in any particular place of mounting, the cardboard allows me to cut out a trial real quick for fitment. Once I have to cutout I like, I will use it to trace onto the aluminum. This may sound like an inaccurate way of doing it but keep in mind that this piece doesnt really have a target size. Just what I would like it to be. Once it's on aluminum I can file it down so that it looks smooth and continuous. See the difference between the prototype and the new. Much better.

This is the aluminum version. Now,... this is not a piece to be used with the pumps. This is my template:) I will use this to accurately make 4 others. Looks sweet dont it:)

Now,... how to make 4 other almost identical pieces in a fair amount of time? Easily! I took my template of placed it on the sheet of aluminum that I will use to cut out the other pieces. Using pencil I drew around the template leaving about a 1/4" inch of space all the way around. I did that 4 times, obviously. Using the lig saw and some cutting oil, I cut out the those pieces. I use engine oil as cutting oil. It dont really matter what you use, just that you use something. Cutting straight you really dont need it but it does improve cutting big time. When cutting circles and stuff you really need it because the blade twists in the little groove it just cut, rubbing alone the edges causing it to heat up. The blade will start to hang on the project kicking the jig saw all over the place. Anyways,... I then file the burr off all the edges and even do some sanding so those pieces are very smooth. You take all the pieces and stack them up from smallest in front to largest in back. This is important so when you put your template ontop of that stack, it's easier to see if the template is covered by all of the pieces. If one piece in the middle is off and you file the whole thing down and then take it apart, you will see what that one piece was off. That will be not be fully formed and therefore you will be one piece short. So,... take all those piece and stacking as I said before with the template piece all the way in front. Line them up so that every pieces covers the template then lock them in a vise. Drill out the mounting holes for all 4 pieces using the hole in the template as your guide. Once done, without removing the pieces from the vise, sand the hole on both sides of the stack. Then pass some bolts through the holes locking them together. This way when you take them out of the ivse they wont move. Check the pic,...

Here I begun filing. YOu basically file away all the slack on the 4 new pieces. File down to the template but without removing to much from the template. Once you touch the template, you are done in the area for now. Go all the way around.

It's important you keep your file perpendicular to the piece while filing. The edge you are working on must be square when you are done. If not them one side will be larger then the others.

Look at all that meat I had to remove! Just picture that all the way around! Lordy! I was dying! I need to come a bit closer to the template with the jigsaw when doing the inner shields.

All done for now. I used a belt sander upside down to sand the edges down a bit. It helps make the pieces nice and round and helps maintaining a squre edge.

I have to cut out some designs still. Well,... I'm goign to back into the garage now to do some more work. PEACE! Need to get some breakfast first though :moron:.

08-09-2005, 03:41 PM
How long did that one take you? It is amazing what YOU do when you put your mind to it.

Out of curiosity how would filing perpendicular help keep them all the same size wouldnt a steady hand be the reason for that? Ive never filed anything so sorry ift hat is an ignorant question and is commonly known lol :)

Good job on everything your attention to detail is amazing.

One more question, the hardware for that case are u using it in another case for now and if you're not man o man are you patient... That would be the biggest issue i ever had with a mod.

08-09-2005, 07:34 PM
Ok,... youare right. You do need a steady hand to keep them all the smae size. Or,... you need a steady hand to keep the file perfectly perpendicular to keep them straight:) It's not like have to be super steady to do it, you just need to keep mind of the angle you are filing. When standing over the project while filing it's hard to tell where the file is on angle. Alot of beginners forget this and once they file to the line and then look. Theres a slope that leaves them all different sizes. I noticed that most of the time people file with the handle down to far. Which leaves a slope slanting down from back to front. Now about my hardware,... no, I'm not using it in another case. It's all laid out on my desk:( It's hard but,... good. If I wan tot use the hardware,... I f have to finish this project:) It's motivation:) I still have an unopened half-life 2!!! Can you believe that! Lordy! I havent really played doom, other then the demo. That ran great on the system before all this. Cant imagine how it will run after all this with a nice OC.

08-09-2005, 07:50 PM
Check it out. This was my first mod. I sold it before my project now to get the case I have now,... which is basicalli the same case but not as tall. With the rad housing attached its about the same height. I deleted all of the pics I took of my first case mod awhile ago for some reason. Dont know why. The only pics of it is the ones the guy took for his work log. It's the tall silver lian-li case. I install the window and cut the hole in the window for the badong kit. The Aerogate Gatewatch was mine too. Sold it to him.


08-10-2005, 12:58 PM
Ok,... choose. If you dont like any,... what would you like to see? I was drawing all night trying to figure this out! I went from to plain to crazy tribal like. The tribal didnt go with the case and the plain just flat out sucked. I wanted something either blade looking or better yet structured looking. I like #4. I would like some circles in there but couldnt quite figure out how. #4 doesnt have circles but it looks structured. Also,... with that much cut out,... it would be the material that would be accenting:) Oh got my mothers scroll saw and a slew of blades for it:)


08-10-2005, 01:01 PM

08-10-2005, 01:08 PM
I think I like #2 best

08-10-2005, 01:37 PM
I'll go with #4 Both it and #2 Look like Wing Spars from a WWII plane but #4 has that polished well thought out look, So I'm for it!

This is a sweet mod Man!


08-10-2005, 02:08 PM
i'm voting #2.

fantastic work.

makes me want a house so I dont have to worry about bloody neighbours, it raining on my tools, various other apt. dwelling woes.

08-10-2005, 02:09 PM
#4 looks sweet, but i think it would be a b#### to cut that and get it perfect, especially for 2 of em, i would go w/ #2 looks sweet as well and it will be easier

08-10-2005, 03:02 PM
#4 looks sweet, but i think it would be a b#### to cut that and get it perfect, especially for 2 of em, i would go w/ #2 looks sweet as well and it will be easier

LOL. #4 I think, would be one of the easist to cut and get right:)

Some more variations.



I dont think I am going to go with any of them. I need to keep these side things looking kinda like the VFD and LED panels. Simple, with no circle of anything round in them.

08-10-2005, 04:26 PM
#4 looks sweet, but i think it would be a b#### to cut that and get it perfect, especially for 2 of em, i would go w/ #2 looks sweet as well and it will be easier

To get 2 (or more) exact copies. Use a bit of spray glue (on one side of each) and stick them all together. Then drill and cut like normal. This is a trick that my old man uses when he's cutting out 2 or 3 of the same thing on his Scroll saw (the old man is a master in wood....I look @ his stuff and go wowww!)
It will be thick but go slow and there shouldn't be any problems (alum is soft!)

You had to go put #9 in there....Wow....I'll stick with #4 (no circles, but Curves and straights kinda ties everything together)


08-10-2005, 06:26 PM
I say #4 or #3 They both look the most wicked of the designs :)

08-10-2005, 08:37 PM
i really like #3 it's like.. so smooth in design..

08-11-2005, 03:16 AM
LOL. #4 I think, would be one of the easist to cut and get right:)

i would think drilling 8 holes of diff size would be easier than cuting out a whole bunch and then fileing them to be perfect, but idk i haven't worked w/ metal so don't consider me an expert, but i know with wood, drilling is alot less pain than to cuting and sanding. but yea idk y u wanted all those designs i though plain was sweet enough.

08-11-2005, 08:54 AM
I would be intrested in seeing if you could merge #7 and # 4 together to get something that looked nice or if it would look like crap.

I like the even beading that #7 has in it I think the uncut space would be to much

08-11-2005, 10:07 AM
Quick question tribal: (Since you are the master of cutting and drilling in my eyes) ;)

I'm going to cut out a windows for my case. The metal is pre-cutted like this. (http://www.komplett.no/mlf/produkt/bilder/cds/I307435.jpg)

The window is going to be in regular plexi-glass (Dont know if its the same name in english, but it is the same kinda material as the one you are working with i think)

I went to the hardwarestore to get som stuff for the cutting and drilling, and the guy told me that he thought that I needed to use one of these for the drilling: (I bought both to be sure)

Made for wood: (the one in the middle of the pic) (http://www.clasohlson.no/images/products/N/hi/B/306234B_B_2004-06-30_085629.jpg)
Made for glass and tiles: link (http://www.clasohlson.no/images/products/N/hi/B/308738_x_2004-07-01_101036.jpg)

Any suggestions of what would be the best?

08-11-2005, 10:29 AM
Quick question tribal: (Since you are the master of cutting and drilling in my eyes) ;)

I'm going to cut out a windows for my case. The metal is pre-cutted like this. (http://www.komplett.no/mlf/produkt/bilder/cds/I307435.jpg)

The window is going to be in regular plexi-glass (Dont know if its the same name in english, but it is the same kinda material as the one you are working with i think)

I went to the hardwarestore to get som stuff for the cutting and drilling, and the guy told me that he thought that I needed to use one of these for the drilling: (I bought both to be sure)

Made for wood: (the one in the middle of the pic) (http://www.clasohlson.no/images/products/N/hi/B/306234B_B_2004-06-30_085629.jpg)
Made for glass and tiles: link (http://www.clasohlson.no/images/products/N/hi/B/308738_x_2004-07-01_101036.jpg)

Any suggestions of what would be the best?

The glass and tile ones will work sweet because they dont gouge to cut. They scrape. Scraping is the key to cutting acrylic(plexi). The drill bit in the middle,... I never used it but I dont trust it. It's no different then any normal drill bit. It gouges. You can grind you own drill bit to drill through acrylic.

Heres a pic of a bit I ground down for drilling through the stuff.

Heres another one of my bits,...

When drilling,... you should here a hissing and scraping sound. Plus you should see crinkly ribbons coming from the hole.

08-11-2005, 10:30 AM
Here's 3 more,... and the one I am most likely going with. Boddaker is right. I need to keep it simple as I did with the panels. Sometimes simplicity can be a beautiful thing. Also,... I still have to UV stuff that we'll all be drooling over. The aluminum and the Uv piece will work together to look good.


08-11-2005, 10:32 AM
I like #13 for the simplicity, butI also like #14 for its complexity :p

08-11-2005, 10:36 AM
I like #13 for the simplicity, butI also like #14 for its complexity :p

I know! Damn. #14 is cool but it is too much. #13 is the way I'm going. OFF TO THE BAT CAVE!!! *COUGH*Garage.

08-11-2005, 11:09 AM
The glass and tile ones will work sweet because they dont gouge to cut. They scrape. Scraping is the key to cutting acrylic(plexi). The drill bit in the middle,... I never used it but I dont trust it. It's no different then any normal drill bit. It gouges. You can grind you own drill bit to drill through acrylic.

Heres a pic of a bit I ground down for drilling through the stuff.

Heres another one of my bits,...

When drilling,... you should here a hissing and scraping sound. Plus you should see crinkly ribbons coming from the hole.

Ok. Tanx alot! :)

08-11-2005, 05:18 PM
Sneak peak.


I like it. What do you think? Dont mind the semi-circle on the last goove of the middle gooves. That was a mess up from earlier. This is only the template. I do the 4 other off this one.

08-11-2005, 10:44 PM
Even tho i voted #3 or #4 that looks awsome what did you use to get those cuts?you used a dremely then just file it to perfection?

08-11-2005, 11:20 PM
First post! un-surprisingly fitting because everytime i look at an update i get closer to deciding that quake 3 is going to have to stand aside to a new, growing love of modding.

dude, this is amazing work. period.

Real question is what do you do for a job, ie, is it something that relates to modding because you seem to have a feel for the tools you use and how they operate. Or then, how did you get started into this?

btw, thanks

08-11-2005, 11:46 PM
@ sXenoG - this time I used a scroll saw. It was so much easier then using a dremel and filing away at whats left. The dremel is a very wild tool. It very hard to get close to the target line without cutting to much. So the cuts are very broad and to the point. Once you are done dremeling,.. you have to file away at whats left, which is usually alot. With the scroll saw its the other way around. You can cut right up on the line without any worries of cutting past the line in a instant. You can still cut past the line but if you are careful and tmae your time,... you can split the target line in half! seriously! The blades are paper thin! This means less filing, alot less.

@ seVerity - WELCOME BRO! Put down the Q3 and start moddin bro! Theres nothing comparible! I love it! I work at a hospital as a nurses aid. Nothing to do with power tools! LOL. It's funny,... I'll bring a small task to work with me so I can plan and prep for the next day and everyone is like WTF is that? LOL. If you have common sense you can do what I do. It's easy! How do you get into it? Easy,... just get into it! If you want it,... just do it. I swear once you start it will be very hard to stop. I'll be updating in minute. I'm at work now. As soon as I'm done doing what I got to do, I'll update.

08-12-2005, 01:23 AM
note to self: must buy scroll saw.

08-12-2005, 02:28 AM
Ok,... heres an update.

Got my mothers scroll saw,... which she will probably never see again. Sorry mom.

I went to Sears to get some blades for the saw and found these! There a larger version of the ones I have been using! I love these things! I bought several of them! I'll use these to polish my parts:)

I also went to home depot to get these:) Aluminum spacers. They will replace the washers I used with the cardboard version of the shields.

Here are the sides that I unbundled. Perfect.

Here they are mounted to the pumps. I did not make use of the spacers here. So the sides are close to the pumps then they will be. Look cool huh?

Heres the design scratched into the the template piece and colored over with a black crayon. Makes it easier to see the lines.

This one is for Mr. Boddaker,... this is right after the scroll saw. Any filing is minimal. Cleaning up burrs and some left over aluminum.

All filed down nice and clean.

I drilled a hole for each area that has to be cut out so I can get the blade through the aluminum to make the cut. I had to alter the blades a bit because they wouldnt fit in the holes. Heres what the blade looked like before. A bit off topic but I have to say this has to be one of the nicest pics I have taken throughout this project. Perfect lighting and clarity.

Here's the blade after.

Tomorrow I will finish up the sides and start designing the inner shields. Fun fun.

08-12-2005, 02:30 AM
note to self: must buy scroll saw.

You should! You can get them cheap,... like $70? I'm keeping my mothers, LOL! You have to see how narrow the blades are!!! As thin as paper.

08-12-2005, 04:38 AM
Modding to the next level, modding your tools! Looks very tight, I await further progress with baited breath. Well Done!

08-12-2005, 05:01 AM
Modding to the next level, modding your tools! Looks very tight, I await further progress with baited breath. Well Done!

Thanks:) Soon as I get home I'm going back to work:) I will finish these sides and get started on the inner shields. After that I will make the UV accent pieces:)

08-13-2005, 04:50 PM
man i just read all this and im blown away this is awsome. keep it up.