Project Sinister: Things That Go Bump In The Night
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With the chassis pretty much completed to my liking, it is time to start working on the side panels and bezel. My plan for the side panels is to mount them using a hidden suicide hinge, allowing internal access to work on the insides without removing the panels. I was quite excited to try something new like this, but there was a certain amount of trepidation for the same reason. People who modify or build anything will tell you it's easy to get comfortable with a handful of techniques and not try anything new, but modding is all about experimenting until you’ve got the result you want.
Installing the side panel with suicide hinges was what I wanted to do with this mod, despite my nervousness. I was determined. The suicide hinge was an idea that I’ve seen used on many hot rods over the years, and I’ve always wanted to try it.
For those who aren’t car buffs, “suiciding” a door is the process of changing the direction a door swings open. On cars, the majority of factory doors are hinged on the front to swing open. When you suicide the doors it is because you change the hinge point to the rear, thus allowing the door to open in the opposite direction. This is what I wanted to do with the side panels. However, before I started on the side panel I wanted to start giving the mod some of its final look on the bezel.
The bezel needed to be cut and cleaned to actually allow those two fans I installed on the front to be able to take cool outside air and force it into the case to cool the components down. Additionally, when I was tearing down the original case and disassembling it, I truly disliked the location of the front USB ports. I wanted to move them more to the front and less on the side of the bezel, and another custom bracket would need to be made to accommodate that.
I decided to start with the bezel because I really wanted to see how the fans will look once the bezel is finished. The front is the first thing people see when they look at a computer and I was anxious to see how sinister Sinister would be.
I marked out my cutting area with a white grease pencil before I started cutting.
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