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hway23



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:57 pm    Post subject: Front Panels Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

All my synth projects have been all to amateur looking because of one problem. FRONT PANELS! ARRG! Shocked I started it with random boxes around my house. Than when I built my soundlab mini, and housed my 8 step sequencer, I cut my panels from sheet metal. (which looks not all that great btw.) So my question is: Is there a place (like home depot?) where I can by pre cut aluminum rectangles? And for under $15? ( I am going to start building my fully patchable modular soon I hope ) Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Try and find a local aluminium supplier.
My closest one is in Coffs Harbour, which is a bit of a drive, but when I get there,....
They cut any sheet, angle etc. to size on the spot (square and to the nearest mm!) and they still end up %20-30 cheaper than any hardware store.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I get aluminium panels cut to size from scrap 'drops' at a nearby metal fabrication shop. They charge me one dollar per panel for 1/8 inch metal.

I used to just buy the 'drops' and cut them to size myself - it was marginally less expensive that way - but I have a better chance of not losing any of my digits by having them do it.

bruce

[EDIT] The panels I have them cut are are generally 10.5 *2.25 * 1/8 inch aluminium

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I get .080 5052 aluminum sheet in 6" x 48" pieces for about $10.00 from cutsmetal.net. Since I am totally making stuff up as I go, so far haven't used a standard width for anything, but everything IS 6" high.

From what it says on their Web site you could probably have them cut pieces to size for a small charge.

Mark
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

front panel express

why don't you make it look good...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OnlineMetals.com can get you custom cut sheet metal. I bought some for my WSG project for about $12 for custom cut including S&H
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Some hobby stores carry sheet aluminum. If they sell model train supplies and parts chances are they sell the aluminum panels. I buy mine there and they are .163" thick if I recall. They work rather well and are relatively inexpensive.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:27 am    Post subject: Where in Coffs, Uncle K? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Uncle Krunkus:

I am frequently in Coffs Harbour: where is that aluminium store?

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Rick
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