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    OMG just put this thing in featured
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    lol thanks Jeff.


    Work continues on the side panels..

    Ok, so these three pass-through holes are becoming more tricky than I thought at first. In order to get a nice clean transition
    through the side panel, I need to add a lip around each hole. You can see in this first pic there is already a bottom lip, which is the
    channel used to secure the panel onto the case. So I had some U-channel lying around, and will continue the lip around each hole with it.


    All I had to do was make a cut into the open end of the channel, leaving the back side in tact, then bend 90 for each corner.


    Three done, three to go for the other side panel.


    To secure these to the side panel, I will be using some cold weld epoxy. I'm drilling a bunch of holes to give it something to grab onto.




    And on the panel side I ground it up a bit, again for better adhesion.


    Once I get it all epoxied up, I'll add some bondo around the seams and smooth it out. From the front it will look like the
    side panel is 1/2" thick. But more importantly, I will have a flat surface to which the rectangular tubes will mate.
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    Looking good Bod. Keep up the fantastic work.
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    /\ agreed man... ur so... explainatory its great i learn lots from you lol
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    Looking good Bod keep it up.


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    Getting back to the hard drive rack today, I was able to get it mounted to the case.

    I wanted to position the hard drives evenly in between the reservoirs and the motherboard. As such, it turns out that I will have
    to notch the tray a bit at the top. So I marked the area where I needed to trim,


    ..and cut it away.


    Then I made an acrylic spacer to fit the lip of the case.


    Here's a shot from behind. I marked two spots for new holes,


    ..then once they were drilled out, I marked the spacer.


    Once that was drilled out, I glued it onto the hdd posts.


    Using countersunk fan screws, I secured the top to the case.


    For the bottom of the posts, I just marked the area of contact on the floor, drilled a hole and marked the bottoms of the posts.
    I seem to have misplaced my 6-32 tap, so I just used one of the screws instead. No, they weren't self-tapping screws.
    Since I was screwing into acrylic, I took my blow torch and heated up the screw a bit,


    ..then just screwed it into the hole, waited til the acrylic solidified, and backed it out again. Voila! Instant threads lol.




    Here's a shot from below showing the bottom screws in place.


    And a shot of the drive rack mounted in the case with drives.
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    The rack looks really good mate. I like how you tapped that plexi, I will have to try it one time.
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    top work once again
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    Ok I have an update for ya.

    For the last week and a half I've been chuggin away at these side panels. The last side panel update I left off with prepping
    them for the cold weld epoxy for the edging around the holes.

    So here is a shot of the edging being epoxied down, held in place with as many clamps as I could find. ;-)


    It's been pretty cold up here, so I brought the panels inside to set up overnight. After that, I applied a bit of bondo to smooth
    out the transition between the panel and the edging.


    After the requisite amount of sanding and filing, here is the result. I also went ahead and rounded the corners for a nicer look.


    Since it's too cold to paint, I set the panels aside and started on the three mesh boxes. I scored a sheet of aluminum
    mesh from a local metal supply warehouse. 12x48 for $20. So in order to get three 7"x3" boxes out of that piece,
    I had to do two parts per box. So I cut the first piece and measured out my bend lines.


    Using a couple pieces of mdf and a piece of L bar, I started my bends.


    I used a rubber mallet to bend the mesh over.


    Got the first two-part box cut and bent.


    They slip together like so. Since the inside of the boxes are what will be seen, I made sure my overlapping ends were on the outside.




    I'm securing them together with some short screws that fit perfectly into the 1/8" holes. The mesh doesn't line up,
    so I drilled out the outside to match the inside, and screwed them together.


    A shot of the screw from the inside. Pretty subtle, and once painted, will be unnoticeable.


    Got all three boxes bent.


    And here's a shot of them inside the case with the side panels on.


    A closeup of the first hole.


    I got them propped up on some wood pieces right now, but they will eventually sit on the custom rad/fan mount I designed. Will show that when I get it in.

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    Damn that looks slick. The boxes look great, I have never seen a case design like this before.
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