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Old 01-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #11
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Nice work! Raises lots of questions in my mind: Is that 1/4" thick? Did you use a table saw to cut it, or something else? How big did you make it? How is your cost breakdown on this?


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Old 01-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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Looks great...now, sheathing all of the wires and being meticulous about wiring will be tedious but should be a work of art when its finished. Is it bonded with acrylic cement (the liquid type that actually melts and fuses the two pieces)? I dont think the melting temp will be of any worry to you unless something overloads...especially if you have fans installed. You could make it more water resistant by foregoing the fans and cutting holes to mount the heatsinks outside the box. Then the only places of ingess are your seams and the hinged lid. Keep the pictures coming! btw, are you a gamer by chance? This is very similar to many case mods I have seen.


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Old 01-17-2013, 03:25 PM   #13
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Damnit! I considered doing this when I built my E-BIAB, now I wish I had. You will be OK with that box because I am currently using this plastic Carlon 12x12x6 junction box with no problems. My SSR heatsink is cooled by a 30mm computer fan and the case if vented.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:34 PM   #14
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It's 1/4" thick. Not bonded at seams yet only bolted by brackets. I will bind it with aquarium type adhesive once I know it's complete. I cut it with a metal blade jig saw, drilled hole with a normal hole saw. You must put water or anti freeze on while cutting or it melts back together behind the saw blade. I didn't do that but it would really help. All internal components are from electric brewing supply. All fit nicely even though the lid is 1/4" thick.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:19 PM   #15
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Just a heads up, aquarium sealant or any type of silicone caulk won't stick to well to acrylic. I've built a few small aquariums and have worked with both glass and acrylic. You need a product called Weld-on to actually bond acrylic. Silicone might be ok for just sealing it, but don't count on it for any structural help.

BTW: Looks great!
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #16
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Ah. Thank you for the info. I would hate to have come this far just to mess it up on the last step. Although it would be par for the course. I've been working on my brewery for a year now and I think I've had to do every step twice.
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Yea that usually happens at some point. I've done quite a few things twice when I built my brewery. Think of it as practice!
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Looks really cool. I work with plexiglass a lot and the best solvent to bond together is weldon #3 or #4. I have a CNC machine at home and can cut plexiglass with it..... you have given me some ideas for my control panel!
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If I had a cnc machine I would have a plexiglass house
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If I had a cnc machine I would have a plexiglass house
And a major case of sunburn, nice to see another local brewer. Welcome hoping to finish my acrylic grain mill for this weekend. Keep the wires in nice straight lines can't wait to see how she turns out.


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