2023-12-22 (F) Weekly Summary

I constructed an aluminum frame with 600mm lengths for the width and 150mm pieces for the length and height. I trimmed the bottom piece to match the keyboard height. I used the frame to cut birch plywood for the bottom. After painting it, I added a layer of polyurethane.
Frame of extruded aluminum

I struggled to get the faceplate mounted with some new 45° fasteners, but after several adjustments, I aligned everything. I drilled holes in the wood bolted things in place, and even though there were gaps, I was happy.
populating frame

I drafted the corner shapes to cut my side panels using the laser. The sides were 150mm x 20mm, and the braces were about 28mm long. I added a USB port, power switch, and fuse holder to one side. I added green engraving lines to help with painting.
Side panels drawing

I cut the plywood side panels on the laser but forgot to account for the short faceplate. There was a six-millimeter discrepancy, so I updated the drawing and cut the correct sizes. I applied black paint to alternate stripes, let the paint dry overnight, and painted the yellow lines in the morning.
Painted sidepanels

I struggled with the bottom panel as it needed more precision. I added fasteners but need more for the keyboard portion, which fits neatly. I mounted the newly painted corner pieces from the inside, which look fantastic.
Bottom and keyboard attached

I printed and taped a draft of my back panel to the plywood sheet to ensure straight lines and even holes. I used a jigsaw to cut the edges and drilled the mounting holes carefully to avoid blowouts.
Hole making process

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