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Old 2nd July 2010, 08:09 AM   #1
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Default New Wood Chassis from Hammond

They don't seem to be for sale via the usual channels yet.

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Hammond Mfg. - Walnut Chassis with Aluminum Top Panel (HWCHAS Series)
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wow! And here I am on the wrong side of the world...
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No problem, many years ago somebody invented mailorder.
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goog news!!!
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They don't seem to be for sale via the usual channels yet.
Digikey has 3 out of 4 flavors in stock. One look at the price instantly changed my opinion. $121 for the big one, $100 for the small one.
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Wow! They look really nice and are priced reasonable IMO.
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Wow! They look really nice and are priced reasonable IMO.
I guess that depends on your point of view. I see $12 to $15 worth of wood, and $13 for a pre cut aluminum top sheet. About 1 hour with a table saw and router table and it is done.

I bet that my wood shop teacher would be willing to make these in any size you want for about half of Hammonds price.
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or mdf panels dressed with veneer
works a treat, cheap & looks nice
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or mdf panels dressed with veneer
It appears that the Hammond chassis is not made with veneer, so I assumed similar construction. For small stuff like this, using veneer doesn't save much money, and requires extra care to avoid chipping the edges. The beveled edge at the top would also require extra steps with veneer. With solid hardwood it is just one pass over the router table. It could even be done on the table saw.
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I guess that depends on your point of view. I see $12 to $15 worth of wood, and $13 for a pre cut aluminum top sheet. About 1 hour with a table saw and router table and it is done.

I bet that my wood shop teacher would be willing to make these in any size you want for about half of Hammonds price.
A piece of .08 aluminum cut to a precise size and decently finished (i.e. not scrap from onlinemetals) and with corner holes is more than $30 + shipping from FPE. A piece big enough to cut one of these tops out of from McMaster is $20. Any wood worker worth hiring is going to charge more than $50 to $75 for the wood work.

I don't think these are the greatest deal ever, and I am sure Hammond makes a decent profit, but unless you have your own table saw and router, or know a cabinet maker who is willing to work for cheaper than normal, I doubt you could do much better in small quantities. I looked into selling cases very similar to this, but unassembled, and decided against it as my prices were going to have to be higher than this to make it worthwhile.

If you know someone willing and able to make cases that are as nice for less, I am sure we'd all like his phone number
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