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Thread: The Sled Acrylic Tech Bench
10-04-09, 04:35 AM #1
The Sled Acrylic Tech BenchThe Sled - Acrylic Tech Bench
Another Jolly-Swagman Mod
Modding Team! Viva La Revolution!
This will be a Scratch Build of an Acrylic Tech Bench, that can also be Wall mounted,
and will be able to be used in an Upright position or Laying Down, and thus Called The Sled.
Which is also entered in the CASE MODDING SHOWDOWN 2009
I now have an Official Sponsor for this Project
They will be supplying me one of these wonderful Ozito Rotary Tool Kits.
The Ozito Rotary Tool
Also Beaumont's Glass, Wonthaggi
Have given 60% Discount on all Acrylic Plexi for this Project.
Main Materials Acrylic Plexi.
12mm Aluminium Angle
20mm x 2mm Flat Aluminium Strip
12mm Round Aluminium Tube
5mm Ultra Bright Blue LED,s (NewModCity.com)
5mm Ultra Bright UV (Purple) LED,s (NewModCity.com)
2mm Black Shrink Tube
5mm Black Shrink Tube
5mm x 15mm Machine Screws
5mm x 40mm Machine Screws
Hardware to be Used
Corsair HX-520Watt PSU
E6700 Dual Core CPU
Arctic Cooling Freezer Extreme Pro
2-4 Apacer Gig DDR2 Ram 667 ( 4Gig)
80gig HDD IDE
Liteon Optical Sata Drive DVD-RW
Lazer Multi Card Reader
Note- ?? = Undecided On
The Motherboard Tray ( to be mounted on The Sled)
Thank You masbuskado for the 3D Program Suggestion, eMachineShop works great
When I was in the Planning thought stages of what I would like to do as a Case Mod/Build from Scratch,
it also dawned on me that since we had just moved to a New House, that the Garage dint have any Benches or shelves ect. to work on projects, and general PC maintenance ect.
So I Built my Work Bench Area, so now can do all the maintenance and Modding I wish, below pics show my work bench.
Work Bench with 3 coats of Wattle Clear Estapol
Also made the Shadow board tool holderfor all my Hand tools.
Now I went and got my Acrylic Plexi today, and here it is.
Also got down to Testing some Fans got sent from USA,
To Be Continued again soon!!
10-04-09, 04:35 AM #2#2 Update 10-01-2009
Today I Got down to some serious Bending of the Acrylic Plexi for the Main Shell of
The Sled - Acrylic Tech Bench,
I must say too, that I have never Bent Acrylic before, so here goes and hoping all turns out great!!
Preparing for First Bend
Ready to Bend
First bend Done
First couple of bends Done and all nice and Square too!!
Third Top Bend Done
Forth Bottom Bend Done
Thats all for this Update, stay tuned for More to Come!!
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Last edited by Jolly-Swagman; 10-04-09 at 04:46 AM.
10-04-09, 04:36 AM #3
All Bends Done Front View
The Sled View and showing M/B Tray positioning
#3 Update 10-03-2009
Not allot of work got done Today had bit of a Headache, but I did manage to get a Few components that will be used in The Sled Tech Bench,
some Momentary Switches for Power & Reset and LED Illuminated switch for Powering LED,s that may be used ( still undecided), and some Motherboard Mounts, and srcews.
Also while I was out Today picked up a Couple of Bargains too,
( btw, I already have both of these, just cannot find them since moving house}
, probably in the same place as my Nikon charger, that I haven't found as yet, :banghead
So I am using the Wife's Fuji 6500fd Digital Camera
That,s all for now, Stay tuned for further Updates!!
10-04-09, 04:47 AM #4
10-04-09, 07:19 PM #5
Nice work Jolly, perfect 90 degree bends! Looking forward to more updates.
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10-05-09, 09:12 AM #7
10-06-09, 01:37 AM #8
# Update 06 Oct
A parcel arrived today, from Ozito Australia. my Sponsor for this Project.
Ozito Rotary Tool kit
Ozito Tool Case
Ozito Desk Stand & Flexi Extension Tool
Now on to putting this wonderful tool to work, and get some modding done,,,,
# Update 07 Oct
Today I cut out two 120mm Fan holes for the Top Exhaust ports
The Ozito Rotary Tool cuts the Acrylic Plexi like butter, also used to make Ozito Name Badge.
Also made an Ozito - Badge Name Plate to go on the case front
Just need to trim and finish off the Name Badge Plate
More updates soon,, stay tuned!!
10-09-09, 10:06 PM #9
# Update 10-10-2009
Destruction and Construction
Today's Update is about Destruction and Construction,
Taking and old Case, was my Garage PC, and Dissecting it to use parts for the Current project,
Destruction Victim Case
After de-riveting and some cutting I pulled the Motherboard tray area out, and constructed a Motherboard Tray to use in The Sled Acrylic Tech Bench,
Also once removed I Trimmed the excess pieces didn't need and reinforced with some 12mm aluminium angle, and Tray brace
After all that was done, I moved on to Cutting some Side Panels for the Sled Case,
Side Panels side View
image to go here
Other things to do Today,
Cut Square hole in Motherboard Tray for easy access to After-market HSF Cooler retention brackets ect.DONE
Paint Motherboard Tray Black and Clear coat,DONE
Cut Slots of Side panel, for I/O M/B position,DONE
# Update 10-10-2009 Continued
Cut out Square Hole on Motherboard Tray, for the easy access to rear M/B for Changing/Installing after-market Heatsink Retention Back Plates ect.
Then I painted Motherboard Tray Bllack, still have to do second coat and the Clear Coat.
Painted Motherboard Tray
My Ghetto Spray Painting Booth
Next up was to make the Cages to hold Optical Drive and Card Reader and HDD,s from Acrylic Plexi, again some more bending Acrylic,,
Clamping down ready to bend
Optical -Card reader-HDD Cages
Well that,s about it for this Update, Thanks again guys for the comments, :clapping:
Stay Tuned for more to come!!
10-11-09, 10:19 PM #10
That looks great, are you heating up the plastic before bending or are you just, well, bending it?
10-12-09, 04:00 PM #11
Yes I used a Black & Decker Heat Gun to heat Plexi before Bending, I have a Video of it will post it up later!
# Update 10-13-2009
Today made the Aluminium Framing to hold Plexi Side Panels and also incorporated a PSU Mount into the Frame,
Cut out the I/O plate area, and installed the Motherboard Tray Stand-offs, still need to cut out the PSU slot in the Plexi,
but as was getting late, don't want to annoy the neighbours, will do later on, when I cut out the Optical Drive & card reader bay opening's
Motherboard Tray Stand-offs
I/O Plate Openings and PSU Mounting
That's it for this update , Stay tuned for more!!
10-12-09, 04:09 PM #12
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10-14-09, 07:38 AM #13
# Update 10-14-2009
So Today I got Down to Making some Acrylic Feet for the Sled, Cut-out the DVD / Card Reader Bay slots and PSU Mount opening, and also something Special,
Ahh, what you say Special, well we will get to that down below!!!
NOTE - Drives in Pictures only for fitting and sizing they wont be used in this Project
DVD Drive / Card Reader Bays
PSU Mount Opening
Made some Acrylic Feet
Now for Something Special,
What would a Sled be without Sled Rails to glide on , so I have made some for it, just see below
The Sled Rails
Well that,s about it for this Update , hope you all like!!
10-14-09, 12:45 PM #14
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Going to watch this one for sure, I always wanted to build my own acrylic case. Keep up the awesome work!
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10-15-09, 01:31 PM #15
10-17-09, 05:43 AM #16
# Update 10-16-2009
Today I put together some LED,s to light up The Sled
So here is a sneak peek at some done.
Hoping they will look allot better when the Protective Acrylic paper is removed from The Sled
The first few LED,s I did with resistor attached to LED, the I remembered I had some Circiut board left from another project, so using that to put all the Resistors on, to Power up the LED,s
LED Resistor Power board
Lighting up Acrylic Case feet with LED,s
The LED,s will be bent 90 degrees so as wiring will be flat on case, and just need to find a position to mount the power board too!
Also did second coat of Black Paint on Motherboard Tray and Clear Coat too,
Cut some more Cable Management slots also.
Need to do some more LED,s,to light up beneath the Motherboard Tray,
so off to go do them now,
Stay tuned for more Updates soon!!
10-17-09, 10:21 AM #17
# Update 10-17-2009
Wired some more LED,s and some more Teaser Pics Testing the LED Lighting,
Will look allot Better when the Protective paper comes off,,
The Top Nine LED,s are UV (Purple) the Case Feet and PSU Area are Ultra Bright Blue
Testing LED Lighting (Lights On)
Testing LED Lighting (Lights Off)
Testing LED Lighting-Side View (Lights Off)
Testing LED Lighting-Side View PSU Area (Lights Off)
That's all For now ,,
Stay Tuned for More soon!!
10-19-09, 02:12 PM #18
# Update 10-19-2009
Today got Down to some More Cutting,
Cut 120mm Fan hole in the Right Side for Intake Fan, also cut Rear Access Slot for Access to Rear of Motherboard Tray and easier Installation of After-market CPU-HSF Back-plates ect
Also Cut Vent Intake Slots for PSU Fan Air Intake on Bottom of The Sled
120mm Side Intake Fan Hole
Rear Access Slot
Note - This will have a removable plate cover on it too!
Motherboard Tray Showing Rear Access Slot
PSU Fan Air Intake Slots
PSU Fan Intake Slots Bottom View
Thats all for this Update,
Next Up will be Mounting and cutting Switch holes and PWR / HDD LED.s
Mod On ,,, and Stay Tuned !!
10-21-09, 11:24 AM #19
# Update 10-21-2009
Well didn't quite get to mounting the switches yet, gut I did Make a Front Door Cover Panel and Rear Access Door to Motherboard Tray Opening,
Hinged with Piano Hinge.
Also Mounted Magnetic Catches to keep Front Door Panel Closed securely,
Also forgot About these that I got when I bought the Wife's CM Scout Black Case,
Arctic Cooling Freezer X-Tremme Pro HSF for the CPU, and a 92mm Red LED Fan
Front Door Cover Panel
Front Door Panel with Magnetic Catches
Magnetic Door Catches
Rear Motherboard Tray Access Door
Rear Access Door has been Painted Black just waiting for it to Dry, and also need to charge Camera batteries too, so will have pics of that soon!
That is all for this Update!!
10-21-09, 03:59 PM #20
Oh Lordy this is gonna be a beaut! Can't wait for the unveiling of the finished product!ihrsetrdr aka Tim
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