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-- Posted on: 2005-03-04
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Disclaimer:  I am not a professional when it comes to working with Plexiglas.  There might be better ways of doing the things that I did that I don't know about.  This guide is only to show the way that I built my case.  Your mileage may vary.

About a year ago I decided that it was time to do another major project.  I knew I wanted a case that was small and had a very small footprint.  It was important for me that it look very professional, and very clean.  I also wanted to take another stab at building a Plexiglas case from scratch.

With this in mind I started sketching out some basic ideas and eventually graduated into cardboard cutouts of the case I wanted.  I then transferred these plans into my computer and sent them to Bill at Clear Computer Case.  He used their industrial laser to cut out the panels I wanted and sent them to me.

Because I used a laser to cut all of my panels from the template I made, I don't have any traditional cutting to do.  All of the pieces should just glue together. And because the ambient humidity here is so low I don't have any need to clean up the edges of the panels.  Unfortunately, if you are in a climate with over 60% humidity, you will have to prep the edges of the panels before glueing..

This panel is the base.  It is by far the most important panel in the case.  Everything is glued to this piece and most of the components are mounted to it.  Notice that I did not remove the backing entirely.  By leaving some of the backing on the chances of scratching the panel is greatly reduced.  While doing any assembly work, you should always leave the backing on any part that you are not gluing.

Oddly enough, I have found the best way to assemble these cases is to mount the motherboard first.  To do this I used standard brass stand-offs that screw into .11" holes.  By using a stand-off and a standard screw you can tap out the holes using the stand-off itself.

The only important thing is to make sure you have the stand-off straight before you screw it in.  Otherwise you will have a lopsided screw that won't line up with the holes in the motherboard.

When you are done screwing in the stand-off simply take off the case screw like you normally would.

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