Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Llanddewi Brefi, NJ
Very, very inexpensive aluminum cabinets
I needed a box in which to put my new Pete Millet amplifier -- I have a Denon CD player of 1987 vintage which had gone wonky and sat on the basement floor. The thing had an aluminum top, but the carcase and front panel were ABS.
I found that you can trim aluminum flashing with a "Roto-Trimmer" -- the kind used in a darkroom -- these are pretty readily available now that wet chemistry is out of fashion. The Roto-Trimmer allows very precise and square cuts.
With the flashing cut to fit I roughed up both the cd player front panel and the aluminum with 120 grit sand paper, cleaned the aluminum with MEK, dried and epoxied it -- haven't yet gotten to painting (there's some dupont auto body lacquer around here somewhere). Here's the process:
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