Re: Slopbucket #006 Is Alive
Karl Heinz Kremer - K5KHK
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this actually was my first attempt at serious metal working. I got three tools that helped with the project: A small metal brake and sheet metal sheers from Harbor Freight, and a nibbler from Circuit Specialists. Then it was watching YouTube videos and looking at cases. After that measure, measure, measure and measure again for good measure. The sheet metal is from Home Depot. They have 12x12" sheets that are a bit on the thin side, but work for small enclosures. Chuck Adams - K7QO - has a good video on how is is building much sturdier boxes, but I used that as a guide for inspiration: https://youtu.be/SOykkt0CGNg
I used a couple of other tools that I already had: A good ruler, digital calipers, and a step up drill bit set.
Before I worked on the actual case, I did some practice bending and nibbling to see how the material would behave. I started out with the bottom, which was much easier to build: Two bends and only round holes. Once the radio was finished I mounted it in that bottom half of the case. Having it in the box for setup helps to avoid problems with stray wires, and shorts caused by your tools on the workbench. And then it sat for a couple of weeks until l worked up enough courage to start on the top. The key here again was measuring again and again to make sure that things were exactly where they needed to be. I only used a think Sharpie to mark the sheet metal, but after everything was done, I ordered a metal scribe on eBay for my next project. The next project will very likely also be based on slightly thicker material from a sheet metal shop.
That’s pretty much it.
On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 11:48 AM, Kevin Kleinfelter <kleinfelter.groups@...> wrote: