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Guide: Custom Case Side Panels - Page 3
Cases, Cooling and Power
Written by booman   
Saturday, 12 August 2006 01:00
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Step Two:

I uUsed a sharpie to mark the lines where I would make the bends, then scored the metal using a small metal saw with a metal t-scale clamped down. You can also use angle iron found in construction. Either way it needs to be a thick and strong piece of metal to hold the sheet metal in place while you score and bend. The reason for scoring is to make the metal bend on the weaker part of the metal in a straight line.  Kinda like when you want to tear a piece of paper along a line... you fold it several times and create a weak spot in the fiber of the paper.  Try to score less than half-the thickness of the sheet metal. It will be hard to guage so first practice on a piece of scrap. Once you get the hang of it start with the measured piece.  You can see in the picture where I am scoring along the T-square. I will be hammering it up and the T-square helps it to bend in a straight line. This is also a great way to cut a sheet into pieces instead of using a saw.

 

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