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Quicky Log: Custom Reservoir

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by CyberDruid, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. CyberDruid

    CyberDruid New Member

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    This one is for a fellow modder's project: an external cooler in a pre-existing inclosure he is adapting to the purpose.

    It's surface mounted over and opening behind a smoked acrylic door.

    I worked from a sketchup he sent me.

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    In the next post I will detail how I got to that point.
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    CyberDruid New Member

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    Parts cut to size.

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    Something like that.

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    Plans call for a fan controller...so I have to modify this one by trimming the PCB.

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    That's the basic idea...I used acrylic specific drill bits to make a snug fit for the LEDs.

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    I taped off the back of the reservoir panel and sketched my signature glyph: the spiral-bolt. I've been using this symbol for decades. After cutting it out with a razor I etched it in the blast cabinet.

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    The blues is the tape on the otherside...

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    Zap

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    I skipped a lot of the fiddly bits...drilling and tapping the ports, blocking the edges, sizing all the pieces yada yada. Here I am at final assembly.

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    Something as simple as a small box is actually pretty hard to do if you need it to be "perfect" and water-tight...

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    The only I altered in the design was to add a port on the back of the reservoir because I had a feeling the one on the bottom might not work out due to the depth of the fan controller.

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    That's a wrap.
    intel igent says thanks.
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    Looks sweet! I like the idea of a reservoir and fan controller in one. How does the fan controller stay in place other than the snug fit and plexi stand for it?
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    me likey! great mod as always Cyber :)

    how did you manage to remove the knobs off of the controller? were they just a tight fit or?

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    The acrylic plate mounts over an opening in an enclosure.

    The fan controller knobs come off easily. I had to remove the washers and face plate and trim the PCB on the table saw about 5/32" to get the threads to protrude through the panel.

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