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    MDF PC Case. (Éire)

    Hi,

    I currently have my car pc in a mdf case, but i am recasing it, it will basically be a box with a fan blowing in one side and another fan sucking out the top, it will house a micro atx mb and a opus 250, is 6mm enough or should i go with 9mm, i was thinking 6 and then to reinforce the corners with steel brackets like you see on a fight case. My has been out fo several months so just getting back into the seen now that my leaving and electrifed boot issue has been solved. The cable will be routed through a single hole in the rear of the case and secured to it then. Is there anyone in Ireland with a table saw that could make it for me for a few euros. My attempts with a jigsaw have resulted in less than striaght edges.

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    for straight edges, get a piece of angle iron and clamp it to your work piece, lining up the blade with your cut line. if you keep the saw base perfectly along that edge, youll be good.
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    Jigsaw blades do tend to wiggle, even with a straight-edge. MDF might not be the best choice either, since it is so hard. Dense plywood like Baltic birch is nice stuff (probably what is used on flight cases), and it should cut more easily than MDF. And if you don't have a Skilsaw (handheld circular saw), around here used ones can be ridiculously cheap; with a good straightedge those can make very nice cuts.

    Other straight edge options: the "factory" edge of an MDF sheet, or a shelf (one of those particle-board shelves with the plastic laminated finish). Sight down the edge to make sure it's straight before trusting it, whatever you use. It's annoying to realize your straight-edge wasn't.

    If building things out of wood-like materials is a regular hobby, consider getting a router. Around here you can pick up good used ones for not so much money. Carbide bits are expensive if you buy new name-brand, but big box stores sometimes have kits of "imported" carbide bits for the price of a couple of McDonald's meals. A router is just about the ideal tool for making speaker boxes, if you're into that kind of thing.

    A final option... many (most?) lumberyards have saws for turning big sheets of plywood etc into more reasonable sized chunks that'll fit into cars. Sometimes they charge $1 per cut, but a small place on a slow afternoon in a good mood might do it for nothing.

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    Believe it or not i have router, it's still in its box as i got it for 10-euros.
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    Another material to check out is 'Hardboard'. It's a particulate board, kinda like "high resolution MDF". It almost looks like plastic, cuts easily, and is very dense/firm. I'm using it for my case, it's easy to work with, strong, and should be very paintable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan-neil View Post
    Believe it or not i have router, it's still in its box as i got it for 10-euros.
    Be real careful if you use a router to cut MDF. The material is pretty dense and will break your bits in no time flat if you over-heat the cutter.

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    use a table saw

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