Project Sinister: Things That Go Bump In The Night - Suicide Hinge
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The next step was to start working on the suicide hinged side panel. With the hinge I selected, I would need to notch the frame of the chassis to accommodate their path when the panel opens and closes. Notching the chassis is not something to do lightly; as with nearly all cases, the frame is very light weight and built to only take so much abuse. By doing this I am weakening the frame over all, but as Iím not expecting to be traveling much with this mod I was not afraid to do it. After having marked the position and clearance needed for the hinges, I carefully cut into the frame so that only the most immediate amount would be removed. I didnít want to over-cut because the overall strength of the chassis would be greatly impacted by this.
As you can see the hinges I selected as quite heavy duty. I chose this type of hinge because I wanted the hinge to be hidden internally rather than externally. This particular hinge is spring loaded and will help hold the side panel open, even when the case is lying down on its opposite side. The action of the hinges does cause some stress on the rear of the chassis but I expect the stress not to be so great as to cause permanent damage.
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