[FINISHED!] Building a Zebrawood 15U 168 hp Eurorack case

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[FINISHED!] Building a Zebrawood 15U 168 hp Eurorack case

Post by loydb » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:24 pm

Update: No longer a Goike case -- I didn't consider how z-ears would (not) hug the curves.

I got a copy of the 15U case plans from Matt Goike. I initially was just going to build a single case out of this 12' Zebrawood board I've had for years. As I was cutting it up, I found a really nicely figured 3" thick board of maple that I'd forgotten I had. I've decided to build them both. The last two pictures show my photoshopped prototype I did to decide which way to do the bookmatch and where to cut from.

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Post by indigoid » Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:25 pm

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love the little devil face :twisted:
Zap him again! ZAP THE SONOFABITCH AGAIN!

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I thought it was that modular necessity, a cat.

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Post by loydb » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:27 pm

The hackerspace I donated all my woodworking equipment to has decided they don't have enough room for it, and have consigned it to a basement closet :(

I'm now looking for a new space (I found a good woodworking co-op, I'll be doing a competency exam with them next week), but it isn't going to speed things up with this :(

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Post by loydb » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:41 pm

Things are going faster than I thought. I passed my competency test last night, and spent today breaking down the Zebrawood. Time for glue-up.

Here, have some tool porn. 12" jointer, 20" planar. :omg:

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Post by loydb » Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:56 am

Glue-up on first side panel.

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Post by loydb » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:12 am

And now side #2.

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Post by loydb » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:29 am

Final board. This one wanted to cup. I said 'no'.

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Post by paperwork » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:58 pm

Wow, gorgeous grain on those boards!

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Post by loydb » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:22 am

Thanks! I've been saving this board for a long time for something special.

As the OCD among you may have noticed, the word 'Goike' is no longer in the title for this thread. I neglected to consider how the z-ears would (not) hug the curves on the Goike case, and I cut the board that I'm using for the front and the top about 1.5" too short to mount the z-ears on the inside face of the board instead of the edge.

Sooooo, let's just make something up.

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Post by revtor » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:47 am

Awesome man! Woodworking CO-op.. that sounds like a great place.
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Post by medbot » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:35 pm

Why not just mount the rails without the ears? It'd be a shame for bright silver metal and a bunch of TipTop branding to distract from that amazing wood.

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Post by loydb » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:14 am

I'd have to screw through the sides of the case, which I prefer not to do. After it is all done, I will probably cut some ebony rail covers to hide the edges.

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Post by onlyHzwhenI... » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:11 pm

medbot wrote:Why not just mount the rails without the ears? It'd be a shame for bright silver metal and a bunch of TipTop branding to distract from that amazing wood.
loydb wrote:I'd have to screw through the sides of the case, which I prefer not to do. After it is all done, I will probably cut some ebony rail covers to hide the edges.
How about using Erthenvar case brackets? That would keep a clean look, and be easier to install than those Tiptops with covers.
Then just toss those on BST to offset the costs of the Erthanvars, I'm sure someone here would want them.

Whatever you do, it will be awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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Post by woodster » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:57 pm

A big +1 on case brackets.
They certainly provide a much cleaner look, don't eat up so many HP's and also enable you to put the rails at whatever depth suits you, or the case in question.

I got mine from Thonk -

http://www.thonk.co.uk/shop/caserail/

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Post by lvoemachine » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:25 pm

you can't use erthenvar brackets with z-rails. what you CAN do is use panel blanks as the mounting holes are exactly where mounting holes for panel screws are.

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Post by Brad » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:47 pm

You can use the z-ears as a template to drill your own brackets for the z-rails. That's what I did on the case I am building now.

Basically I picked up some 1.5" wide aluminum, used the z-ears to mark the holes, taped the two brackets together (so the holes line up on both sides) and drilled.

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Post by onlyHzwhenI... » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:26 pm

lvoemachine wrote:you can't use erthenvar brackets with z-rails. what you CAN do is use panel blanks as the mounting holes are exactly where mounting holes for panel screws are.
Ooooops! My bad. Please disregard anything I say, ever. :doh:

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Post by Mr. Enjin » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:24 pm

revtor wrote:...Woodworking CO-op.. that sounds like a great place.
Hell yea! I've been dreaming of something like that since I don't have a garage and my living room looks nothing like a "living" room with all the crap I've got in there right now!

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Post by loydb » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:19 am

Yeah, I'm a little giddy with all the great gear at the wood studio. I've never owned a jointer bigger than 8" or a planer bigger than 13", so this is a huge step up to 12" and 20".

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Post by nickster » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:45 am

Been spending the last few evenings out in the yard with my trusty hand saw and old clamps trying to hack my way through some plywood into making a case for my TTSH. Looking at your photos made my eyes weep.

My back aches, my hands are all cracked and my case is looking slightly left of funky. Plus I have more throw away wood than case. Oh the joys of amateur DIY :sadbanana:

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Post by loydb » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:23 am

Everything is sanded through 320. No time today, but tomorrow I'll stain the plywood for the back and bottom, and then glue everything up probably on Monday.

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Post by medbot » Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:27 pm

It's kind of crazy to me to see that grain on all sides of the wood - I'm so used to it just being a veneer. You struck gold getting whole boards of it! Reminds me of the drums I used to dream of -
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Post by loydb » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:04 am

Ooooo, those are pretty!

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Post by loydb » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:36 am

Glueup yesterday! Waiting for the shop to open to do the back panel today, then begin finishing tomorrow.

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