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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by noisewreck » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:51 pm

kinoakbridge wrote:
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Built this case for my little home studio. 12U 104HP -- Used cheap pieces of 1.5'' x 0.75'' pine lumber and added an overhang with some LED lights for maximum visibility! I've since filled this rack ;)

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Post by knifey » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:21 am

Sharing this a bit late, as this was done early last year, but I made this from a little turntable suitcase from the thrift store, 2 x 46hp. I had a 1U row at the bottom at one point but took it out - I was able to fit a 6hp module sideways on the 1U row. Put a Row Power 30 inside the case at the top, been working really well. Fits perfectly in my standard-sized backpack. I detached the lid because I ended up not needing/using it.
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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by jones » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:04 pm

Hope this is the place for this - looking for some plans for a 15u Eurorack case - I will probably go 168hp wide to accommodate all my modules. And reuse the power supplies from multiple Doepfer Eurorack cases that I have.

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Post by BlinkyLights » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:20 pm

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I like updates, so I updated my update for this thing:

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I'm making a removable cable hanger that slides into the air gaps on one side. YouTube showed me how cheap and easy it is to braze aluminum, so I made a couple of simple parts with angle stock, and a plywood board will bolt to those with cable slots cut in it. It'll be at a 30 degree angle and I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to easily cut the right angle so the cables will hang vertically.

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Which particular brazing tutorial(s) did you use?

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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by skinpop » Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:25 am

In general how much slant between rails(flush against each other) in an arced design is comfortable before things get cramped?
This is the design I'm currently working on(my first proper case):
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Largest angle is ~25 degrees. Shouldn't be an issue right?
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Post by pieter » Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:39 am

Lovely design, but 25 degrees sounds potentially a bit tight. You may run into issues with patch cable plugs getting in the way of one another. I chose 18 degrees and I do not have any trouble with that, but that's for four rows. A sharper angle may look nicer for three rows.

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Post by skinpop » Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:30 am

pieter wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:39 am
Lovely design, but 25 degrees sounds potentially a bit tight. You may run into issues with patch cable plugs getting in the way of one another. I chose 18 degrees and I do not have any trouble with that, but that's for four rows. A sharper angle may look nicer for three rows.
Thank you! I definitely prefer the look of ~25 degrees over a more shallow slant. Even 20 looks quite a bit bulkier. Maybe the best thing to do is to build a little cardboard case to test what feels right.
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Post by pieter » Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:42 am

If your plugs are not that high, and you're not using a lot of stack cables you may be OK. You can use the following formula: if x is the distance from the jack socket to the top/bottom edge of the module, and y is the height of the typical patch cable plug, then the minimum angle α is given by
α = arctan(x/y).
That should give you some peace of mind.

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Post by noisewreck » Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:03 pm

I did 45 degree angle but left about 1/2” space in between the rows.

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Post by DubplateDerek » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:02 pm

jones wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:04 pm
Hope this is the place for this - looking for some plans for a 15u Eurorack case - I will probably go 168hp wide to accommodate all my modules. And reuse the power supplies from multiple Doepfer Eurorack cases that I have.

Thanks
Matthew Goike sells plans for his cases, including the 15u.

http://goike.com/node/5
Cases and side panels for all sorts of modular and other stuff :

www.gouldcaseworks.nl

www.instagram.com/gould_case_works

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Post by skinpop » Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:25 am

pieter wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:42 am
If your plugs are not that high, and you're not using a lot of stack cables you may be OK. You can use the following formula: if x is the distance from the jack socket to the top/bottom edge of the module, and y is the height of the typical patch cable plug, then the minimum angle α is given by
α = arctan(x/y).
That should give you some peace of mind.
In addition to clearing the plug length (roughly < 33 degrees takes care of that) I also need some extra ergonomic clearance to have room for actually getting in there with my hands to comfortably pull and plug cables.

Since 25 still is a decent margin to 33 degrees, and you used 18 with no issues I think I might take the middle road and go with ~22 :)
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Post by Muff McMuff » Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:56 pm

skinpop wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:30 am
pieter wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:39 am
Lovely design, but 25 degrees sounds potentially a bit tight. You may run into issues with patch cable plugs getting in the way of one another. I chose 18 degrees and I do not have any trouble with that, but that's for four rows. A sharper angle may look nicer for three rows.
Thank you! I definitely prefer the look of ~25 degrees over a more shallow slant. Even 20 looks quite a bit bulkier. Maybe the best thing to do is to build a little cardboard case to test what feels right.
I made a 1D cardboard template side view just to get my curve. I could move the 3U rows about to something i was happy with but without measuring the actual degrees. One thing i discovered is modules with a display like a Disting Mk4 need to placed where you can clearly see the screen. At some shallower angles knobs can obscure the screen even without cables. Depends where you are looking from but something to consider.

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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by pieter » Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:33 am

Muff McMuff wrote:
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:56 pm
skinpop wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:30 am
pieter wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:39 am
Lovely design, but 25 degrees sounds potentially a bit tight. You may run into issues with patch cable plugs getting in the way of one another. I chose 18 degrees and I do not have any trouble with that, but that's for four rows. A sharper angle may look nicer for three rows.
Thank you! I definitely prefer the look of ~25 degrees over a more shallow slant. Even 20 looks quite a bit bulkier. Maybe the best thing to do is to build a little cardboard case to test what feels right.
I made a 1D cardboard template side view just to get my curve. I could move the 3U rows about to something i was happy with but without measuring the actual degrees. One thing i discovered is modules with a display like a Disting Mk4 need to placed where you can clearly see the screen. At some shallower angles knobs can obscure the screen even without cables. Depends where you are looking from but something to consider.
I designed mine such that the module face plates form 4 segments (12u) of a 20 segment regular polygon with the center where my eyes are when I'm playing the synth. I think I more or less achieved that, because when I'm behind my synth I can see all the modules pretty much straight on.

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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by EASYBOY » Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:33 am

pieter wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:33 am
Muff McMuff wrote:
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:56 pm
skinpop wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:30 am
pieter wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:39 am
Lovely design, but 25 degrees sounds potentially a bit tight. You may run into issues with patch cable plugs getting in the way of one another. I chose 18 degrees and I do not have any trouble with that, but that's for four rows. A sharper angle may look nicer for three rows.
Thank you! I definitely prefer the look of ~25 degrees over a more shallow slant. Even 20 looks quite a bit bulkier. Maybe the best thing to do is to build a little cardboard case to test what feels right.
I made a 1D cardboard template side view just to get my curve. I could move the 3U rows about to something i was happy with but without measuring the actual degrees. One thing i discovered is modules with a display like a Disting Mk4 need to placed where you can clearly see the screen. At some shallower angles knobs can obscure the screen even without cables. Depends where you are looking from but something to consider.
I designed mine such that the module face plates form 4 segments (12u) of a 20 segment regular polygon with the center where my eyes are when I'm playing the synth. I think I more or less achieved that, because when I'm behind my synth I can see all the modules pretty much straight on.

Sounds interesting. Can you share a pic?

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Re: the DIY cases thread!

Post by jones » Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:11 am

DubplateDerek wrote:
Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:02 pm
jones wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:04 pm
Hope this is the place for this - looking for some plans for a 15u Eurorack case - I will probably go 168hp wide to accommodate all my modules. And reuse the power supplies from multiple Doepfer Eurorack cases that I have.

Thanks
Matthew Goike sells plans for his cases, including the 15u.

http://goike.com/node/5
Thanks

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Post by pieter » Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:48 am

EASYBOY wrote:
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pieter wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:33 am
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Sounds interesting. Can you share a pic?
Sure, see above: viewtopic.php?p=3384901#p3384901.

Attached is a pdf of the wooden side panel (I ended up not cutting the round hole in the side, no ragrets...).
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Post by Morog Far » Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:20 pm

Hey guys, this is actually my very first post on the forums, glad to finally break the lurking :D I've begun building my system back in June and just put the last module into this rack so I thought it was a good moment to redo my makeshift case. I wanted to keep it as simple and cost effective as possible, spent about 15€ for all the materials and had some spray cans left to color it. It's about 8cm tall, super sturdy and I totally love it. (My camera lens added some distortion, the thing is really completely straight :party:)

I also posted some pics of the fully filled rack over in the setup pic thread if you're interested to see what I put into it.

P.S.: Those are 19" rails and I noticed they were like 1.5HP too long so I had to saw them off. I thought they were supposed to hold exactly 84HP or did I dream that up!?
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Post by Schrank » Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:02 am

Those are some lovely colors! I especially like the stands paint.
How did you do that? I'm currently building a case out of plywood and such a colorway would give a nice contrast to all the other raw wood in my room.

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Post by Morog Far » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:51 am

Thanks! I had some graffiti cans left over, sprayed some plastic wrapping and pressed that onto the wood. The more you let a layer dry before applying the next one the more the blots stay intact. If you do one quickly after the other you'll rip off some of the older paint which gives it a more noisy texture.

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Post by chai baba » Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:56 am

Aluminium foil you maybe have in your kitchen is doing the same job.

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Post by noisewreck » Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:37 pm

Morog Far wrote:
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:20 pm
Hey guys, this is actually my very first post on the forums, glad to finally break the lurking :D I've begun building my system back in June and just put the last module into this rack so I thought it was a good moment to redo my makeshift case. I wanted to keep it as simple and cost effective as possible, spent about 15€ for all the materials and had some spray cans left to color it. It's about 8cm tall, super sturdy and I totally love it. (My camera lens added some distortion, the thing is really completely straight :party:)

I also posted some pics of the fully filled rack over in the setup pic thread if you're interested to see what I put into it.

P.S.: Those are 19" rails and I noticed they were like 1.5HP too long so I had to saw them off. I thought they were supposed to hold exactly 84HP or did I dream that up!?

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Stunning!

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Post by dooj88 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:59 pm

Morog Far, that's freaking sick man!

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Post by Schrank » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:03 pm

Morog Far wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:51 am
Thanks! I had some graffiti cans left over, sprayed some plastic wrapping and pressed that onto the wood. The more you let a layer dry before applying the next one the more the blots stay intact. If you do one quickly after the other you'll rip off some of the older paint which gives it a more noisy texture.
chai baba wrote:
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Aluminium foil you maybe have in your kitchen is doing the same job.
Thanks, I'll give it a go!

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Post by Yodhan » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:30 pm

Started working on a skiff for my more hands on modules. 104hp made from red oak and walnut on the ends. I still need to mount the rails and finish it with some oil, but it is almost there.
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My rig: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/915223#
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Post by vizor81 » Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:21 pm

Plugler wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:20 pm

- 2x Adam Hall 2251 Detachable Hinges

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I hope you had some great fun with the nice case in the past 2 years.
I wonder if the position of the hinges is ideal as depicted.
Shouldn‘t the hinge axis be aligned with the gap?
I‘m about to drill holes for same hinges in my suitcase...

Thanks for your feedback.

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