I mentioned in an early stage of this mod that I realized that I ran into a problem. That problem is the front IO panel. Reason is of course that it needs to be fixed before I can fasten the front and top cover. That also means that I need to figure out how to manufacture a panel and a cutout for the top (or front).
I’m just glad I figured it out prior to finishing the front and or the top.
Here is the problem. I decided that I want to try to keep the original IO panel with the power buttons etc.
150x40mm will cover all the ports but be just as small as possible to minimize any straight parts on my angled mod.
Gently removed the power button from the original top. I figured that this should be the easiest hole to make and if I can’t solve that, no need to spend time on the smaller holes.
Marked middle and the size, 22mm
As I don’t have a CNC or a laser cutter, I just put a 3mm drill in my Dremel drillpress and started drilling.
I couldn’t fit my hand-file into the small hole so actually took a small nail file and made the hole. YES, it took freaking forever.
Marked out the holes for the usb connectors and swiched to a 0,8mm drill. Decided to try to manually use the drill as a router. Not the easiest of tasks to push the plate straight.
It worked surprisingly good. After almost 2h with my nail file (GF will not be happy when she gets home) and a cramp in my hand for clutching the piece I was done.
Really happy with that result. Now I just need to figure out how to fit this to the case and make a cut out / hole in the top case part, but that will be in next update.