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Old 09-06-13   #1
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A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Scratch


June 09 - 2013 (Sunday).

I always wanted to build a compact cuboid case with enormous airflow and exhaust - meant for mATX mainboards.
Some weeks ago, I Initially started my project with a 12" x 12" x 12" cuboid case which could hold an ATX mainboard. I changed my plan and without a blueprint, I started this small rectangular case build three days ago. Being a householder plus a typical Indian farmer and an employee at a private school. I usually work only on Sundays. I dropped the idea of making a blueprint using AutoCad or Google Sketch as the blueprint is in my mind.

Here is the picture of my first but dropped project. This dropped project and the current project are almost similar in design except the size in L x B x H.



Basic details of this un-named project :-

Cabinet size :- 10.5" W x 12" H x 15" L which will be divided horizontally at a ratio of 8" : 4" by a plate which will hold motherboard.
8" in the upper section and 4" in the lower section.
4" lower section :- Will house the PSU and DVD RW+
8" upper section :- Will house the system and storage devices.
This cabinet will accommodate a Gigabyte B75M-D3H + an Intel i7-2600+ Cooler Master V6 cooler + 2 HDDs and a SSD + 2 DVD RWs with a Seasonic S1II 620W PSU.
Yes, there will be four 120mm fans in the upper section as intake and exhaust. The sides of the upper section ( 8" section ) will use perforated sheets as side panels.
The sides will accommodate two 120mm fans and if I change my cpu cooler in the future such as a liquid cooler, one of the side can provide space for two 120mm fans.

Three days ago, I went to the local scrapyard to check their garbage collection and I found a iron sheet measuring 16" x 20" ( 16 gauge ) and bought the same for Rs. 200/-. There, I also found a 14" x 14" perforated sheet ! Local scrapyard is my source of materials.
With iron cutting scissor I made a 11.5" x 16" plate which I later bent the corners of the plate to a measurement of 10.5" x 15" which will be the base plate of the cabbie and also four 12" x 1" + two 10.5" x 1" + four 15" x 1" iron sheets were cut out to make pillar and support rods.
Here are the pictures.


With a hammer, I straightened the small sheets to make pillar and support rods and bended the sheets to 90 degree to make L shape.



The iron sheet being bended. Thanks to a local Iron and Steel Almirah making unit for letting me use their bending machine.



The angled pillar and support rods are made.



The angled rods being checked for straightness.



This is how the skeletal frame of this cabbie should be erected :



Still, the basement plate needs a 120x120mm cut for air inlet to the PSU. Base plate cutting :



Hammer and iron chisel are the tools I used for all the cuttings. I don't have a Dremel heh heh heh ! Aah I will definitely buy a Dremel soon.






Here are some scraps I am going to use in this project, which has been bought from the local scrapyard for Rs.100/-



Today evening, I will try to go to the local Iron and Steel Almirah making unit for soldering and assembling the skeletal frame of this cabinet.
I will keep updating about my project and I firmly believe that the precious suggestions from my fellow Eonians will make my project one of the best !
@ livfstdieyoung, you are being tagged here, as I need your valuable suggestion !
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Sratch

Looks great XD cant believe you did all that with basic tools get a dremel soon.
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Scratch

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Yep, I am going to buy a multi rotary tool soon. Thanks.

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There are many local multi rotary tool available but I guess they may not work with as finesse as Dremel. Good start, would wait for further updates.
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Looking good tamocha11. Looking forward to see how it is when finished.
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Sratch

Nice work there. I used the same design for my half life cabbie as well. The lower section may be a little difficult to manage with the wiring due to limited space. Also, see if you can have a fan on the top to exhaust air. Do you have a location in mind for the power and reset buttons? I put mine in the front panel and the wires from the front panel proved to be very difficult to manage.

Keep going. It's nice to see some one modding here.
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Sratch

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see if you can have a fan on the top to exhaust air. Do you have a location in mind for the power and reset buttons? I put mine in the front panel and the wires from the front panel proved to be very difficult to manage.
Thanks @Xanan ♥ for the valued suggestion. My plan is to put the power + reset buttons, fan controller, card reader and sound input and output panels in the front. Suggestions are welcome heh heh heh !
I have seen your projects. Superb ! I also tried a 12" x 12" x12" cuboid but dropped the project.

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There are many local multi rotary tool available but I guess they may not work with as finesse as Dremel. Good start, would wait for further updates.
Thanks brother Banik for the suggestion. If I buy one it will be a Dremel as there is no match for Dremel, even Bosch.
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Thanks @Xanan ♥ for the valued suggestion. My plan is to put the power + reset buttons, fan controller, card reader and sound input and output panels in the front. Suggestions are welcome heh heh heh !
I have seen your projects. Superb ! I also tried a 12" x 12" x12" cuboid but dropped the project.
I don't have a practical solution for this. What I did was to hide the front panel from the inside by another acrylic piece, and then ran the wire straight up to the top, and brought it down from there. A better solution would be possible if the mobo was in the lower compartment, and the PSU etc in the upper. In this case, ventilation can be done from the top and the back/sides. Also, you will avoid a big mess of wires. Sadly, this solution occured to me after I'd already made most of the cabbie and I couldnt implement it then.

You would also be making your life a lot easier by planning beforehand because once something is made, and then you find a problem, it would be quite tricky to sort it out.
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Scratch

That is a super good start. I like the whole idea very much.

One thing i would like to add, don't use these iron angle rod.

The iron sheet used in making angle rod is too thin. These are not rigid and think will not be able to maintain the shape of the final case after adding heavy hardware.

Suggest to use thick gauge iron or aluminium angle rods.
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Re: A Little Rectengular Cabbie- Building from Scratch

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Suggest to use thick gauge iron or aluminium angle rods.
Thanks @rakesh_sharma23 for the suggestion. Mine is a hit and trial mode, to start with. I'll see to your valuable suggestion, by changing the pillars to more thicker ones. Thanks !
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