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  1. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Yeah, so I've been a bit distracted lately. An InWin 301 project, two 303's, a trip to Taiwan and then Indiana(talk about polar opposites), starting a new fiberglass repair business, aaaand cleaning out the shop behind my house to move my business to so I can stop paying rent for where I'm at now. Jesus, I'm going crazy. Slowly but surely I've been working on getting the side panels just right so I can continue on with the frame project. QuakeCon being in a month is definitely a motivator now as well. So let's get into the build...I liked the panels. But with just the shellac, they weren't shiny enough. And you know, who doesn't want to spend a month spraying clear and sanding? That was the first coat of I'm not even sure how many coats. Three, maybe four rounds of clear with a sanding in between the coats. Why so many coats? There were a few high spots here and there and I wanted to fill in any chips, etc. What really added to the time was laying them down and only clearing one side at a time, but this also allowed me to really lay on the clear. And the color was looking awesome. After getting all the coats I wanted on one side, I taped it off so I could clear the other side without dealing with a lot of overspray. In between coats I was using 220 and 320 grit paper to knock the clear down fast, on this last round, it was pretty smooth to start with so I went with 800 for my first pass. I figure less chance of missing scratches that compound won't get out. After the 800 grit, I went to 1000 grit and 3000 grit with my new toy. I've got an air 3" polisher, but it was so nice not having to listen to the compressor kick on. My new fiberglass repair business has it's perks. Now don't worry, after all that sanding, I'm totally going to hit them with some compound to get them sparkling, but for now, they're shiny enough. And I need something to do while the router is running later anyways. While getting the panels ready, I re-thought my threaded rod idea. It's just such a pain to thread everything on and I figured there had to be a source for 1/4" studs out there. While looking, I ran across 1/4" set screws which hadn't even crossed my mind, but they're perfect. Now with everything sanded and the set screws in hand, I can do some assembly and get some measurements for the next pieces I have to make. The thing is turning into a monstrosity, but at least it's a good looking monster, LOL! Thanks for following along y'all!
  2. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Nope, other project limbo. But I hope to get going on this again soon!
  3. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    It's not wasted. I've got it all saved up in my head for later use. Thanks Mos! Not your level of woodworking, but it's passable.
  4. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    No curves and no side panels. Gotta show off both sides! Probably the only other blue veneer panel will be the keyboard deck when I get around to it. I do have a few more mounting panels to make for the case but it's looking like they might be bare aluminum. I am however thinking about making a Parvum style box out of the scraps and using up some of my extra veneer on it. Thought that would be a good way to get rid of scrap and also a simple scratch build that I could do a tutorial on. Don't know what color it's going to be yet. I'm out of blue dye so that leaves me with black, coffee, and vintage maple. So probably one of those, or maybe something totally different if I do order some more.
  5. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    I'm really digging it.
  6. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Alright, back to business. Time to make some panels pop. First thing is sanding the veneer down to a nice smooth finish and getting the edges nice and smooth. 220 grit hand sanding on the veneer face, but I wound up going with the mini polisher on the edges. Final decision on color was just a straight blue. I did make a more concentrated batch of dye/alcohol for a deeper blue color. My original mix was too light and approached a baby blue after sanding. Starting to dye the panels. And everything finished after about 6 passes with the dye. On a side note, I snagged some insulation stays when I did a little soundproofing in my shop and had a ton left over. Cut at 16" and a decent gauge. Pretty handy for hanging stuff up to dry or for painting. After giving the panels some time to dry it was time to seal it with de-waxed shellac. Gave it a light once over to knock any raised grain down and then sprayed it with 4 light coats. A good start, but then I gave it a light sanding and another 5 quick coats of shellac. Since I was spraying it, they were pretty light coats, but it kept me from having to fight brushing it on. If it's anything like lacquer, and it sounds like it is, brushing it on can be a pain. Then I was about ready to throw it back together to see the progress, but I need a couple of acrylic panels pocketed out for lighting. I had one ready to go, but still have another to knock out. Still need to hit it with a router to get my wire channels in. And then the blades put together, minus the one acrylic panel. I can't cut my threaded rod till all of the panels are done, so I'm still stuck with them running wild. Next up, the final acrylic panel and to start mapping out the interior pieces. Thanks for following along!
  7. InsolentGnome

    Etching your tempered glass side panels

    Thanks man! I want to try it reversed on the back side to see if it picks up the LED's better, but it works for now.
  8. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Yeah, I do like the blue for the wow factor and that it's just so different, from a distance it's hard to tell it's wood. Rod from BSMods gave me a great idea for interchangeable panels for the mITX I want to do with the scrap and the idea of mixing some of these colors with copper and black sounds interesting. Didn't sand, just wanted to figure color, though I'm thinking of doing a couple of more trials to really nail down just how to get the look I want and I might try sanding between coats on those. I hate sanding veneer, it's so freaking thin.
  9. Did a tutorial on using an etch paste to etch tempered glass panels. And unlike most things I try, it was way easier than I expected!
  10. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    It so freaking soft though! LOL Yeah, I'm thinking blue and black, but I really like the black and vintage maple, has an aged look.
  11. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Since Cheaps demands updates and I actually have time and space to work on this monster, here is an update. With the veneer on, it's time to figure out what I'm actually going to do with the veneer as far as a finish. From what I've read, tinting dyes really bring out the chatoyance, or the shimmer that you see in this maple that is perpendicular to the grain. So let's try out some dyes. Cut up some scraps of the veneer to try out a few colors and combinations. When I ordered the veneer, I also picked up a few colors of dye that I thought might be interesting: coffee brown, vintage maple, black and blue. I mixed up some batches, thinning the dye 1/2 oz to 14 oz of alcohol. That's pretty close to the recommended ratio of 1 oz to a quart. I'm using alcohol in the hopes that it dries quick enough not to pop up the grain of the veneer. 1st pass. Basically wipe the dye on, wipe off the excess. The color is there, but there's still a lot of natural maple color showing. Second pass. Now it's starting to look like something. Every pass, the grain picks up a bit more dye so the colors begin to pop. For clarification, clockwise starting at the top, black, vintage maple, coffee brown, blue. The blue and black are pretty obvious, but my scrawls of the names on the browns aren't that clear. You'll notice I'm keeping track of the coats as well. I want to get shots of the process so that if at a later date I'm looking for a certain color or look, I can replicate it. 3rd pass on the main colors, decided to try a couple of combinations. The new combos are different passes with different dyes. So the new blue combo is a blue pass, followed by a black. The one below it is a coffee pass, followed by a vintage maple pass, then another coffee pass. To show the variation you can get with different passes, let's pick on the blues for a sec. One pass with blue. 3 passes with blue 5 passes of blue. I think you sort of hit a wall of what the veneer can take in at 3 to 4 passes. Blue pass then a black pass. Blue pass, then black, then 2 more blue passes. I think the addition of the extra blues on that last one is really interesting because, not only did the last 2 passes add blue, but wiping the excess of those passes also picks up a bit of the black. So it's not as dark overall, but the figure(the cross grain pattern) held onto the black, making it really stand out vs a blue only piece. I also did similar black combinations with the coffee and the vintage maple, starting with black, then 2 passes of the color and the effects were very nice. I makes the colors sort of moody. Black plus coffee. Black plus vintage maple. So eventually I had 8 different trials. This is from the other side of the table so from the top left: coffee, blue, coffee+vintage maple, black+coffee, black+vintage maple, black+blue, black, vintage maple. This whole process unfortunately has not made my choice any easier, so I coated them with either lacquer or clear coat to get that wet look and an idea of what they would look like finished. coffee vintage maple black blue black+blue black+vintage maple black+coffee And finally, coffee+vintage maple Now I get to go stare at them for a couple of hours deciding which one I like best for the build. Thanks for following along!:)
  12. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Yeah, I really like the look of it.
  13. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    Been busy. GeForce Garage Meshify C And a friends 303 Should be finishing them up this weekend so maybe then I can start playing around with the dyes for the veneer.
  14. InsolentGnome


    I love the 303, I'm actually working on my second one for a friend. It's got a lot of hidden potential just because the top and front are totally blank and it's really solid, so you can hack away at it without destroying integrity. Interior does get a bit weird though.
  15. InsolentGnome

    G-Frame - Scratch Build (updated June 30, 2018)

    That's exactly what I did. Now just to find a place to store it until I can get back to it. It's a PITA moving it around every time I want do something.