Enclosure Initial Construction
Firstly, here's a quick reminder of the SketchUp design showing how the enclosure should look:
I'm particularly pleased with the finish of the aluminium profile I've used for the enclosure — it's really high quality and strong yet relatively easy to machine and work with. In putting this together I've had to learn some metal working skills ... like how to drill metal without breaking the drill (or my hands) ... but effectively it's all relatively straightforward stuff. One thing I've definitely learnt is to use WD40 for everything, especially when driving the self tapping screws in ... it took a couple of days for my hands to stop throbbing after trying to drive the screws in without lubrication.
Here's some more pictures of the frame:
For the enclosure doors four pieces of rounded profile are joined together using corner brackets which looks like this:
So yea, quite a lot of money to spend on an enclosure but even though it's not quite finished yet I personally think it looks really good. Here's some more pictures to hopefully get across its good looks (this time with a corner cap installed on the door brackets):
Right, that's enough for this post (I've gone on far too long). I'll post on the enclosure again when the perspex and floor/ceiling boards are in. For now I'm back working on the backplane for the ALU cards and I've suffered a bit of a set back due to some poor design decisions that's meant I've had to throw the whole backplane card away and start on a new one with a different design. Needless to say I'll reveal the whole sorry tale in an upcoming post.