I visited a woodshop because my whipsaw is not the best tool to get wood cut in straight lines.
But I’m running ahead of myself, Day 2 is all about my optical drive rack. The exterior panels of the old PC will serve this purpose well
After removing the right panel I had a good working base to measure what must be cut next
The first pieces of the puzzle
The end is near:
Now I need a frame to hold the plates together:
Everything will be riveted together, in the picture below the base of the rack is done
The old PC case is salvaged once more, the optical drive rack was removed, and although it holds only 2 drives (I need 3!) it will serve well as a template for the overall design
After a bit of saw, file and hammer work I’m left with this
Using my trusty pencil I draw the needed holes onto one of the plates
As you can see in the photo below, the first holes are cut out, but quickly I learned that it would take too much time to cut out all the holes, so I’m only making the holes necessary. The holes are not that smoothly done, but since these will be hidden inside the case I was not worried
The finished panel
Riveted to the rack it looks a bit rough, but it still needs to receive a good sandpaper treatment and a layer of paint, hopefully it will look better after this treatment
All the pieces of the rack together and tested for compatibility… it works!