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Guide: Custom Case Side Panels - Page 11
Cases, Cooling and Power
Written by booman   
Saturday, 12 August 2006 01:00
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Step ten:

Panting/Assembly- I didn't show any picture of these steps because the main tutorial is about making the panels and the windows. The main aspects you need to be concerned with are drilling the screw holes and fitting the panel tightly. I had several problems with getting the holes in the metal to match the holes in the plexi-glass. It's probably best to drill them at the same time but that's hard to do because you still have to paint it. If you drill the holes after you paint the panels then you may have problems with chipping paint. Also, one of the main problems I encountered was with the panels being "air tight". I already see where I made mistakes in measuring. My panels come up short by about one centimeter on the front. The top and bottom seem to line up well, but I must have lost some size due to bending imperfections. But it still looks decent from a distance. I also had to bend and re-bend the tabs to make the panel slide into the case slots tightly. There was a lot of trial and error, but be creative and try to use functional ways to hide your mistakes.  For example, I could install some rubber edging on to the panels to make them more air-tight.  Here are some pics of the finished product after all the painting and assembling was done.


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