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cases for MU in the EU for me

Post by dan_p » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:53 am

I want to expand the 5U I have into a nice case. I'm open to what's around but ideally 3 rows from 12 up to say 16 units wide.
I'm struggling to find anyone in the UK selling cabinets. I'm no woodworker and to be honest I have little desire to become one.

Is there anyone around that makes or sells 5U cabinets. I currently have 2 X 8U in metal rack cabinets but wanted something contained in a single cabinet.

I've looked at .com and like the Box11 stuff but they are too shallow as I need just shy of 120mm for my deepest module. The studio cabinets would be ideal but I wouldn't want to ship anything that big and heavy from the states!

I'd be grateful if anyone had any ideas.

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Post by Be Sandy? » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:16 am

Hi Dan :)

Don't know anywhere off the top of my head but if it's a dotcom style case with wooden rails you're after I reckon any half decent carpenter could knock up a nice one. They have a guide to making a diy one on the dotcom site which would give them all the measurements required.
https://synthesizers.com/diycabinet.html

Alternatively, you could maybe try the synthracks folks, who usually do Euro cases, and see if they'd be up for doing something custom for you.
https://synthracks.com/

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Post by hamildad » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:56 am

There was a local maker space near me and I asked in reception for any good carpenters, they gave me a few numbers so I send a few a spec and looked at the quotes.

if you are happy doing power it should be easy for them to quote for...

do your own spec sheet and send round any local people. most carpenters would relish the chance to make something good and you can always photo it when full as a portfolio piece for them.

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Post by Flareless » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:26 am

I went the local carpenter route and it worked out great. There are some cabinet drawings online and you can shop for best price on whatever material suits you.

Only 1 of these cabinets is an actual Dotcom
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Post by dan_p » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:37 pm

^ Thats a great looking rig!

Getting it built does sound like a plan (the only plan!!). I actually know a couple of chippies, one of whom used to make very high end furniture. I may give them a shout and float it past them. My only worry is that it does have to be spot on and I'm not sure what to do about rails. If I was after 8U wide I'd be OK but I need it to be at least 12MU and would rather it was closer to 16. I could cut the end of some 8MU rails which seem readily available and fit them side by side in each row to make up 16 spaces? I'd rather have metal with threaded holes than self tappers into the wood.

i'll look at the plans and try to knock something together out of them that fits what I want. I was kind of hoping there was some Synth dude in the UK making them. Its a shame that Ross packed in or I'd have gotten him to do it.

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Post by Henfield » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:50 pm

Usually, you just use wooden strips for “rails”
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Post by Flareless » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:19 pm

@dan_p - Thank you!
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Usually, you just use wooden strips for “rails”
Exactly! Just chose a hard wood. Softer wood works too but if you continuously 'redecorate' your system you could strip the holes. Even then it's not a problem that can't be fixed with a toothpick and some wood glue.

You could go to all the trouble of metal, precision drilled rails but if you only plan to install the modules and then leave them there then it may be overkill.
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Post by Schlumpfhut » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:48 am

Henfield wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:50 pm
Usually, you just use wooden strips for “rails”
One can also use metal threads that screw into the wood strips to extend the life of such rails in case of rearrangement
For example like this one
https://www.befestigungsfuchs.de/Befest ... ng-M4-x-10

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Post by Flareless » Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:28 am

Schlumpfhut wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:48 am
One can also use metal threads that screw into the wood strips to extend the life of such rails in case of rearrangement
For example like this one
https://www.befestigungsfuchs.de/Befest ... ng-M4-x-10
:tu: :yay:

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Post by hamildad » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:28 pm

If you have a blank panel you can give it to the chippie to get their head around the whole has to be exactly this wide thing.

my worry was that synth cases would be so abstract that they just wouldnt get the whole idea.... I also made a document with loads of examples ( taken from this board) to give them the idea of what the finished product would look like.

also most high end carpenters will have the eye to make it nice and if they do as a portfolio piece, they arent going to make it look bad.

update this thread when you get something made.
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Post by Schlumpfhut » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:28 pm

Flareless wrote:
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Thank you for that excellent tip!
Your're welcome :party:
I plan on using them together with matching thumbscrews to put in the modules when i can finally start building my modular wall.

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Post by Flareless » Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:26 pm

hamildad wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:28 pm
If you have a blank panel you can give it to the chippie to get their head around the whole has to be exactly this wide thing.
Another excellent tip! Give them at least 2 and more if you have them.

Send them a few links of pictures here and point out what you like or dislike.

One more tip; When they put a support bar towards the centre of the cabinet, make sure it is set far enough back for a module to sit in front of otherwise you will have 1 or 2 spaces where a module can't easily sit.
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Post by Ricochet » Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:17 pm

You may take a look at my contribution of building cases for 5MU:

building documentation of 5MU & EURO cases

Although I was also trained in furniture construction and also have the appropriate
equipment, it may be a good guide to self-construction :party:

questions are welcome :yay:

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Post by Flareless » Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:31 am

:woah:

I don't know how I missed seeing that thread when it came out. Thank you for sharing your build process Gerd! :hail: :yay:
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Post by dan_p » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:12 pm

Thanks to everyone for the advice.

Gerd, that's awesome mate, a brilliant resource for me to use.

I like the idea of using the threaded inserts. I'll definitely do that.

As an update, I spoke to my friend tonight about getting it made and he is more than happy to take it on. He's a good chippy and thinks it shouldn't be too big a deal for him.

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Post by Ricochet » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:01 am

dan_p wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:12 pm

I like the idea of using the threaded inserts. I'll definitely do that.
I don't use threaded inserts, cause for me it's too much effort compared
to the benefits.

I use the special hardwood, in mine you can cut threads in it, but i use
that little black wood screws. I even have to pre-drill and grease the
screws so they easily go into the wood ...

...after all, you don't rebuild your system every day :wink:
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Post by hamildad » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:06 am

Ricochet wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:01 am
..after all, you don't rebuild your system every day :wink:
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Post by DubplateDerek » Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:19 pm

dan_p wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:12 pm
Thanks to everyone for the advice.

Gerd, that's awesome mate, a brilliant resource for me to use.

I like the idea of using the threaded inserts. I'll definitely do that.

As an update, I spoke to my friend tonight about getting it made and he is more than happy to take it on. He's a good chippy and thinks it shouldn't be too big a deal for him.

:guinness:
Hi Dan, if it falls through with your friend for any reason, give me a shout. I would love to take this project on.

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