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    Mac Mini Users

    I followed Bugbytes work log and created two duplicates of his dock. but before i start permanently sealing these wires in. What are ya'll plugging into your usb ports?

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    Cool! Post some pics of it!

    I plugged my touchscreen into one port and a 4 port USB hub into the other. That has a Griffin Powermate and a keyboard, an open port for flash disk, and a spot for the GPS whenever I get it working.
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    ok i went with the touchscreen and a usb hub.

    Here's some pics of the dock, Bugbyte. also, what did you use to make a handle? i've notticed that connecting it all the way in and pulling it out isn't going to be as easy as i thought.






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    Very cool! Looks like it's coming together.

    I used a piece of flat aluminum for the handle. I got it at Home Depot for a couple of bucks. Then I used a beltsander to make it look like it was 'brushed' aluminum.

    Here's my worklog entry showing how I did it.
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    holy crap. that's way beyond my workshop lol or mcguyver knowledge. have anyother suggestions on how to do it. or! interested in fabbing another for some dough?

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    No, no! It's simple. Really. I put the Mini down on a piece of paper and traced the outline. Then, I cut the outline out and taped it to a piece of 1" thick wood and transferred the outline to the wood. (I suppose you could just trace the Mini directly on the wood).

    Then, I cut the wood out using a band saw, but a jig saw would also do. You can bend the aluminum by hand, and that's what I did. I actually cut the piece of wood at about a 93 degree angle so I could 'overbend' the aluminum and it would snap back to 90 degrees.

    If you don't want the slider on the handle, just drill a hole. The tap and die wasn't very expensive and worked easily on the first try.

    It's a piece of cake. There's really no risk until you drill a hole in the side of the Mini. (Did I mention that you should take the case off before you do that :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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