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Rag kd Sep 04, 2003, 10:00am EDT Report Abuse
In know nothing about DIY tools... :-(

what tool would be used to cut circle on a sheet/plate (ie a case side panel) so that if can fit a Fan Grill and a fan

and would i need a special drill end


Rag KD
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jmerc Sep 04, 2003, 10:16am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
This site seems to give decent instruction and pictures for you to view.

http://www.speedy3d.com/articles/case_mod_p1/03.shtml

Glad you posted this because I was thinking of replacing my very good Antec case just to add a fan on the side pane. Think I'm gonna mod it as it will be cheaper than buying a new case. Why waste a perfectly good case anyway.

Good Luck,
Jay



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Jim Harr Sep 04, 2003, 10:21am EDT Report Abuse
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You can buy a specialist tool. a hole cutter that fits in an electric drill, but they are expensive.

So, what i do is, draw the circle with a compass to the size you want the hole.

With a small drill (4mm) for drilling metal (HSS drill) drill holes all the way round just inside the circle almost touching each other.
Note: Place the case side on a flat piece of wood to avoid distortion when drilling and use some protection under to avoid it getting scratched.
Cut the spaces out between the holes using some small cutting pliers, or small hacksaw blade, and remove the circle of steel.
Get a "half round file" and smooth off all the jagged edges.
It takes time but is effective.

Wildwood Sep 04, 2003, 11:40am EDT Report Abuse
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I use a Dremmel. It cuts through the metal like butter. Just draw your guide lines. Then use the attachments to cut, then smooth out the metal. I cut a hole in my side panel for a 60mm fan. Worked out very well. Took me no more than 30 min.


jmerc Sep 04, 2003, 11:42am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
That pretty good Jim, I wanna try that method out myself.
All I really need is one side intake fan added.

Thanks,
Jay

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jmerc Sep 04, 2003, 11:53am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
Josh,
Yours is even better, my wife always wanted me to buy a Dremel :) and here's a good excuse for me to finally get it for her.
Thanks,
Jay

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Wildwood Sep 04, 2003, 12:51pm EDT Report Abuse
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LOL!

Jay- My wife used to use my Dremel to do her own acrylic nails! Now she uses it for her little craft projects. All in all, it's about the handiest tool I own aside from my cordless drill.


jmerc Sep 04, 2003, 01:01pm EDT Report Abuse
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I always thought my wife was one in a million and still believe that with the exception of your wife. LOL
Speaking of dremels, I never priced say a Black & Decker, are they expensive?

Jay

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Wildwood Sep 04, 2003, 02:52pm EDT Report Abuse
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B & D owns Dremel now from what I understand. I don't know about differences in quality. But the B & D is less expensive. I've heard from others that the B & D's wear out faster. This is from case modders in other forums.


Rag kd Sep 05, 2003, 04:34am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
Is this what u mean by dremel

http://www.diy.com/bq/product/product.jhtml?PRODID=146690&CATID=159234

note ive never used DIY tools before will this be stable, accurate and easy enough to use for a beginner

Rag KD
Jim Harr Sep 05, 2003, 05:21am EDT Report Abuse
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Johnny Valdez Sep 05, 2003, 09:41am EDT Report Abuse
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If you could, goes for a Dremel..I bought one, and because I didn't have any experience, I made a very awful circles, sometimes bigger than, some other like an elipse, so try to practice on inexpensive case, before to make a hole on your final case...I had to throw out 2 cases before I had a good one...

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Wildwood Sep 05, 2003, 01:22pm EDT Report Abuse
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If you're going to buy a Dremel, get a corded one. The cordless doesn't have the RPM's to do the job well. It's cheaper too.


jmerc Sep 05, 2003, 06:20pm EDT Report Abuse
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Good point Josh, I wouldn't have thought of that.
Jay

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Rag kd Sep 08, 2003, 04:07am EDT Report Abuse
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Sorry ..... this may sound stupid

but will the dremel cause sparks.. ie will i need to buy gogles to protect my eyes

Rag KD
Rag kd Sep 08, 2003, 04:12am EDT Report Abuse
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another point... dremel must be quite fast at the cutting procedure.. if u can make mistakes with it

Rag KD
Wildwood Sep 11, 2003, 01:30am EDT Report Abuse
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Rag kd-

Yes it shoots some sparks and metal bits. So yes you should wear eye protection. Take it from some one who grew up in a motorcycle shop. You don't want to get metal shavings in your eye. It cuts your eye and eye-lid all up. And then you wear glasses for the rest of your life. And to top it off, if you ever need an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for a medical procedure, forget it. The magnatism will suck the metal out of your eye. So they will refuse to do it (of course).

Josh
I wear eye glasses now. :(


Jim Harr Sep 11, 2003, 04:23am EDT Report Abuse
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El Tomba Jan 17, 2004, 03:50pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
I like to use a cutting thingy that goes on the end of a drill. My mates dad happened to have one that was just about 120mm in diameter, so it seemed logical to put a 120mm fan on the side of my case ;)
Its really easy and all u gotta do is sand down the edges afterwards.
El Tomba

porkchop Feb 12, 2004, 09:07pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
if you know anyone with a rotary saw they work very well
some even come with a compass attachment to cut out perfectly round holes
i have one of these called a rotozip
its a very versatile tool
jp

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Thomas Vander Vliet Feb 13, 2004, 08:37am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Best Tool to Cut a whole in a case for a fan
Use a hole saw bit for an electric drill. :-)


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