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How To: Do Radiator Cut-Outs

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Marcus

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Theres a few different ways to do this, especially the actual pattern to follow when jigsawing out the main cut-out but this is how I do it.

As always, if anyone has any suggestions or finds a mistake please post so I can amend it! =D>

How To: Do Radiator Cut-Outs

Mask up the panel with masking tape to avoid any scratches whilst jigsawing.

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Decide where you want the grill to go

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Work out where the center of the case is, for this case I drew a line 35mm from the outer edge.

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Clamp it and/or tape it down to stop it moving whilst you trace the inside of the grill.

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Trace round the inside of the grill and mark out the screw holes with a pencil

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Remove the grill and join up any lines

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Drill out the fan holes with an M4 or M5 drill bit

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I then drill out a load of holes in the middle of the cutout to give me a place to put the jigsaw blade.

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ATTENTION:
This is where some people might do it differently, there isn't a right or wrong way to do it.
If someone can suggest a different cut out pattern i'm all ears! :cool:

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Continue to work all the way around the panel until it's all cut out

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Hmm needs filing back a bit...

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I still need to go round and file off the corners so it sits under the grill nicely but heres an idea as to how it should look when finished

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Pics of it fitted onto the case =D>

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Edited by Marcus, 24 December 2008 - 10:47 AM.

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Spot on matey, used the same pattern and really happy with the results.

Sorry bout the lack of block/case manufacture updates atm - we're on end of year exams and fail means three years work for no degree... :cry: finish in 10 days tho, so after that expect lots of progress :)

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thx marcus, will be probably doin this tomoz so will tell you if my case is dead then or not :P
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No problemo! =D>

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I then drill out a load of holes in the middle of the cutout to give me a place to put the jigsaw blade.


Starvin says
"So you dont use a Dremel to cut the straight lines." 8-o)

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Dremel... straight lines? :lol:

You can only try :D

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I use a 4 1/2" grinder with a <1mm slitting disc. Sves drilling extra holes as you can just plunge it through, work it up to the corners and then just file/dremel the edges smooth

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I use a BFH! :lol:

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I use a BFH! :lol:


FTW!!

If in doubt, give it a clout. :wink:

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What blade are you using Marcus?

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What bolts do you use to fix it to the case?



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@ Dan - Just a normal metal cutting blade i.e. one with a high TPI count.

@ Dazza - Those are M4 x 6mm Black Socket Head bolts.

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This is a brilliant guide, the first time i tried this, well, lets just say it went no where near as well.

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nice guide, my problem has alwways been getting the holes drilled out!

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dont u need anything under it to stop it bending?

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for drilling a round holes into thin metal plate with ordinary drill there is a very old trick, but you have to be careful.

You can use piece of cloth and drill it through cloth! Just play around with how many layers of cloth you need to get the best round shape.

Try it, you'll see it works quite well.

Only other option AFAIK is to make your own drill for metal plates but it requires lot more skill to make one.

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or get a new sharp drill bit...

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Where do you buy your bolts? and do you thread the holes



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I got all my screws from these guys.Fast delivery also.;)
http://uk.rs-online....61&N=4294955410

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