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COMPUTER CASES

Project Sinister: Out Comes the Evil
By: Remco Degooyer
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    2005-11-14

    Table of Contents:
  • Project Sinister: Out Comes the Evil
  • Working on the Side Panel
  • Adding a Sinister Handle
  • Plastic Surgery for the Case Mod
  • More Plastic Surgery
  • Side Panel, My Tormentor
  • An Eye for Detail

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    Sinister was definitely proving to be sinister. With the installation of the hinges, I discovered a problem with the side panel. Read now about the next step of Sinister's creation, how I solved this panel crisis, and see the creation of this evil case mod.

    This is part 3 of 4. The other parts are linked below:
    Part 1:  Project Sinister: Something Sinister This Way Comes
    Part 2:  Project Sinister: Things That Go Bump In The Night
    Part 4:  Project Sinister: Once Upon a Midnight Dreary  

    When I was opening the panel on the suicide hinges, I found that the panel was rather unstable. The obvious solution to this problem was to install a second hinge. After installing the second hinge everything seemed to be working perfectly. The panel opened and closed with no difficulties whatsoever. However, a new problem surfaced with the side panel in that the effort of opening the panel was causing it to bend.

    With no way to adjust the tension of the brackets I decided after much thought my only course of action would be to reinforce the side panel. There were a number of ways that I could have done this. My first idea was to install cross-braces in the panel, forming an X internally to give the panel more strength. However, with the suicide hinges being an important feature of the modded case the X shape would stand out and be rather aesthetically unattractive.

    My second idea, however, proved to be a far more attractive solution. Taking a sheet of the perforated steel that I used to make the fan filters, I set to cutting it to fit the side panel. I wanted the edges of the perforated steel to overlap onto the brackets, though, to make the action of the hinges work with the perforated steel I was using to strengthen the panel. If I hadnt cut it that way, I would have been left with the original problem and a discarded piece of steel as the bending where the hinges attached to the panel would still exist.

    With the panel cut to size, I need to drill holes for the brackets to be anchored through and holes to anchor the perforated steel to the side panel.

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