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Old 29th August 2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default DIY Guide for making Aluminum cases?

Our any other non-wood material such as plastic?

Not for amps, but for preamps and other DIY applications where you need electronics inside a box and in/out ports on the panel? I'm talking about DIY starting with raw aluminum sheet metal that needs to be cut and put together.

I plan on getting aluminum sheets and a cut-off saw and go from there, but looking for tips/guides on how to connect the pieces, how best methods on non-circular cutouts, etc.
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Old 30th August 2013, 12:55 AM   #3
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If you go to the Design & Build> construction tips forum and browse the useful threads there, you'll see many ways of going about the actual construction - all the methods that seem like a good idea but don't really work are there too, which saves a lot of money buying useless tools and wasting materials.

This thread is a good example.
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moved to construction tips forum...
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i order my aluminium parts @http://www.bleche-onlineshop.de/h-blechprofil/
you can have it bended inside,too. so 2 items make a closed one.

it is just an example there are many other companies sure one @ your site.
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I plan on getting aluminum sheets and a cut-off saw and go from there

but looking for tips/guides on how to connect the pieces, how best methods on non-circular cutouts, etc.
I'm going to build power supply box using plywood and alu sheets

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I make my own chassis, front and back panels, pedal enclosures, etc. .... but I have shears, folders and punchers with assorted dies at home.
Otherwise it's difficult working "with your teeth" .

Rather than flat sheet alone, consider aluminum extrusions.
They come in tons of shapes and can sure help you build complex enclosures.

Search the ChipAmp Forum, and the Galleries, some guys have come up with very clever ideas.
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I make my own chassis panels. I use a DIY CNC machine. the panels look like they were professionally manufactured. I like the look of wood sides with front, rear, and top from aluminum but there's no reason you couldn't skin the sides with aluminum too.
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