Need Suggestion on Modded Desktop panel

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Old 04-13-18, 06:42 AM
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Question Need Suggestion on Modded Desktop panel

Hey, I've had success getting help on this project a couple times before in this forum, and I'm thinking this is the best place to put it, but if you think it would be better in cabinets or something let me know. Everything in the computer forum seems related to software or hardware problems.

I might try posting in crafts, but I think this is more of a metal working situation because that's what I'm dealing with,.

So... I am building a modded desktop for the first time, which you can see pictures of here Hey, I've had success getting help on this project a couple times before in this forum, and I'm thinking this is the best place to put it, but if you think it would be better in cabinets or something let me know. Everything in the computer forum seems related to software or hardware problems.

I might try posting in crafts, but I think this is more of a metal working situation because that's what I'm dealing with,.

So... I am building a modded desktop for the first time, which you can see pictures of here Hey, I've had success getting help on this project a couple times before in this forum, and I'm thinking this is the best place to put it, but if you think it would be better in cabinets or something let me know. Everything in the computer forum seems related to software or hardware problems.

I might try posting in crafts, but I think this is more of a metal working situation because that's what I'm dealing with,.

So... I am building a modded desktop for the first time, which you can see pictures of here

The panel with the porthole is really heavy, (though less heavy with Plexiglas then it was when I had a .5" thick tempered glass lol)

It DOES fit on the notches and slide in, but it's heavy enough that you have to lay the case on the side to put it on, which I wouldnt want to do once my components are inside (although I guess it wouldn't harm it, it certainly wont be good for it)

Also I need to try to get it as close to airtight as possible. If no one has any idea what I could do to hold the metal panel in place, I'll also take suggestions on something to weld or drill onto the other side to weigh it down so I don't have to lay it on it's side.

I am hoping you guys can give me a suggestion of some type of custom mod to make the panel slide in.

Also as much as I appreciate how awesome these forums are, I'm still new here so if you think I should try putting this in crafts or cabinets instead let me know.
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Old 04-13-18, 08:39 AM
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Just an FYI. Duplicates aren't allowed to avoid confusion and to keep all replies together. If there's a better topic for it, a mod will just move this thread there.
 
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Old 04-13-18, 04:57 PM
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This forum is fine for your thread. Not quite sure what happened to your post. Did you proofread it after you posted it ?? It's repeated 2-3 times in different ways. You are allowed to edit your posts for a short while to make corrections.

"modded desktop" ....... not really sure what this means. I'm having a hard time understanding what you are trying to do. You mention airtight..... it looks like the whole cabinet is open.

Is this the same thing you were doing here.... making-porthole-pc-case-air-tight.html
 
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Old 04-30-18, 12:11 AM
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Ah, sorry about that. I had to leave suddenly for awhile and have not been able to check the forums for a couple week. It doesn't seem I can edit it now, or don't see an option for it if I can.

That other forum topic for making the case airtight was about how to secure the porthole to the panel with a hole in it, in a way that wouldn't allow much air to escape. The silicon caulk suggested worked very well, but won't work for securing the whole panel to the case because it needs to be able to slide on and off, or unhinge somehow without to much trouble to access the insides of the PC at will.

I've made some pictures that show how it currently locks in with the little metal pieces(knobs?) on the panel, that slide into the holes(notches?) in the case exterior. As well as some updated pictures showing the case when it's closed with the panel on it. Hopefully the pictures with text explain how it currently works.

And it does work, as in the panel does slide on there OK, but my problem is the porthole panel itself is quite heavy, and I have to lay the PC on it's side to slide it on the way it is now - which I rather not do when I have expensive components inside there later. What I'd like help with is finding out a way I could secure it on there better. Like for instance:

*** Welding bigger metal pieces(knobs?) on the inside porthole panel and making larger holes(notches?) in the case exterior; just to make it's grip strong.

OR

*** Using a dremel to cut off the metal pieces on the porthole panel, then putting hinges on one side of the panel and a lock/clasp on the other so it could swing open like a door.

I wouldn't know where to begin with either of those though, like what kind of hinges or lock to use, or how to weld better connections on the panel and exterior.

So I'm looking for suggestions of any kind.

Sorry again for the confusion.
 
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