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    Guide to Tools for PC & Case Modding



    These are the most common Tool I use for Case Modding.

    THINK SAFETY FIRST!

    Smith & Wesson Safety Glasses, $9.99,
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Safetyglasses.html



    CREWS "Stratos" Safety Glasses, $6.99
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Safetyglasses.html



    Respirator Mask with canister filters
    Use when sanding, painting or using any hazardous chemicals


    Wear Latex or Rubber gloves for handling any type of chemicals and Paint products.


    Work Gloves for use with any equipment, including Power Tools


    Rotary Cutting Tool
    The most versatile tool for case modding. You can cut plastics, metals, grind and polish.

    Black & Decker RTX Rotary Tool



    Dremel brand is most popular.





    I hear a lot of complaints about cutting discs breaking when cutting metal. You need to use aluminum reinforced discs like these 1.5" Reinforced Dremel Cutting Discs
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Discs.html




    Cordless Power drill
    Minimum volts recommened 14.4V) with bit sizes 1/16 through ½ for cutting various mounting holes and operating hole saw attachments.

    Hole saw attachments for Drill
    For cutting fan holes in acrylic and metal.



    80mm = 3” hole saw
    92mm = 3.5” hole saw
    120mm = 4.5” hole saw
    140mm = 5.5" hole saw

    In order to use the Hole saw, you'll need an Arbor that fits your Powder Drill or Drill Press. Mine is 1/2"
    http://www.amazon.com/Lenox-Tools-300033L-Solid-Shank/dp/B0015B9RUM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1279126841&sr=1-6



    5.5" size bi-metal Hole Saw Attachment (140mm = 5.51181)

    Amazon has 5.5" "Bi-Metal" Hole Saw attachment for your Power drill, http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=5+1%2F2+hole+saw&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3576615141&ref=pd_sl_8tlvzl1m8 e_b








    3/4" Hole saw attachment for 22mm Vandal Resistant Power Switch
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Vandal_Resistant_Switch.html










    80mm, 92mm, 120mm, 140mm Fan grill printable templates
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Fan_Grill_Templates.html


    120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 360mm, 420mm, 560mm Radiator & Grill (15mm & 24.5mm spacing) printable templates
    http://www.mnpctech.com/Radiator_Grill_Templates.html

    Greenlee Knock out Punches
    Greenlee part # 730EBB-120 Last time I inquired, they were around $450 in the states + Large 3/4" socket wrench, and 2" socket. I wouldn't use anything less than 19" long socket wrench. Estimated purchase price of $550 new.


    Threaded shaft of Knock-out punch


    Knock-out punch blade


    Ready to cut hole.


    You need leverage. Using 19" Socket wrench to draw in knock-out punch balde


    Clean Cut


    I've had this 12" Craftsman Bench top Drill Press for 4 years without any problems, other than the LED swivel light burned out. 5 speed (manual drive belt) with digital depth readout and Laser cross hairs. $219.00 at Sears
    http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00921914000P?vName=Tools+%26+Equipme nt&cName=Power+Tools&sName=Bench+Power+Tools&prdNo =15&blockNo=15&blockType=L15

    * Item# 00921914000
    * Mfr. Model# 21914





    Grizzly 14" Bandsaw, 3/4 HP for cutting plastic for window and metal sheets for scratch building
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/14-Bandsaw-3-4-HP/G0580







    Aluminum fence!


    Drill bits for cutting Plastics
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#drill-bits-for-plastics/=9hldrb

    Metal drill bits will not work for acrylic or plastic, they're made to bite into the metal as they are pushed into it. If they are used on acrylics they will chip and cause other damage to the plastic. When drilling holes for screws, you must make the hole larger than the screw itself to allow for expansion and contraction of the material. If not you will cause stress cracks at the hole and they will spread!







    Roper Whitney No. 5 Jr Hand Punch kit
    https://www22.ssldomain.com/roperwhitney/store_detail2.cfm?groupingid=68&categoryid=53



    (for cutting fan mounting holes or enlarging existing fan mounting holes for rubber silencing grommets)


    Hand Punch makes clean fan screw holes. No deburring.


    Jigsaw

    A Jigsaw should be in every Modder’s arsenal of tools. It’s the most efficient hand power tools for cutting a chassis or case panel. The $39.97 price tag on this Black & Decker JS660 is very good!


    Used for cutting panels and acrylic sheets. (minimum 18 teeth metal cutting blade) Black & Decker brand Jigsaws
    http://www.blackanddecker.com/ProductGuide/CategoryOverview.aspx?cPath=1496.2052

    A Jigsaw is great for cutting [url=http://www.mnpctech.com/acrylic_colored_sheets_casemod_windows1.html]Cast Acrylic sheets for PC case windows.



    Hand files
    Deburring jagged edges on both plastic and metal.


    Mouse Sander
    Sanding body filler. Prep case panels for paint.



    12” and 24" Combination Square Rulers
    Aligning windows, fan holes etc


    Scotch #4010, Super strength adhesion clear mounting tape. Used for mounting windows in computer cases.
    http://www.mnpctech.com/scotch_4010_tape_of_the_casemod_gods.html



    Pop Rivet Gun



    If you're going to dismantle you PC chassis, you will need a Pop Rivet gun and new pop-rivets. I use 1/4" length, 1/8" diameter, Gripe range .092" - .125" A Pop rivet gun is used to attach two pieces of any type of material together to make them one. It can attach anything from plastic, aluminum, and even metal. A rivet has two parts, the pin and the rivet. What the rivet gun does is push the pin through a pre-drilled hole, which is going to slightly larger then the rivet you have. Then you are going to put the rivet through the pre-drilled hole first. Then you squeeze the gun compressing the ring into the rivet, expanding the rivet out larger then the whole and the rest of the pin breaks of in to the gun. This makes it so the two pieces are now together for whatever you are going to use it for.

    Most Computer Chassis will accept 1/8” diameter Pop rivets, Gripe range .092" - .125" for Computers, http://www.mnpctech.com/Pop_rivets_for_computer_case.html








    Metal Nibbler
    Cutting case panels


    Metal Tin snips
    Used for Cutting Modders Mesh & Sheet metal



    Solder Gun or Pencil


    Heat Gun
    Heat shrink tubing, bending acrylics/plastics


    Craftsman 8" bench top sander. I've been using the disc sander primarily for acrylic and aluminum pieces.
    http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00922500000P?vName=Tools+%26+Equipme nt&cName=Power+Tools&keyword=belt+sander




    PSU and Molex Tools, for sleeving his Power Supplies, http://www.mnpctech.com/ATX_Molex_Removal_Tools.html





    PC Modding Rule
    http://www.mnpctech.com/PC_Modder_Ruler.html

    A measurement tool made exclusively for PC Building and Modding. Identify cooling fan sizes, computer screw threads, Vandal resistant switch, watercool barbs and hose diameters. Template locations for mounting internal and external drives. Thickness gauge for most common build materials.

    Templates.
    16mm / 22mm Bulgin, Lamptron switches, G-1/4 & G 3/8 watercool barb and hose. 2.5" SSD, 3.5", 5.25 optical drive screw locations.

    Fastener Gauge.
    6/32, 8/32, 10/24, 10/32, 1/4-20, 3MM, 4MM, 5MM, 6MM

    Thickness Gauge.

    Tap / Drill & Decimal Conversion Chart.

    Measures Inches & Millimeters
    CNC milled by Mnpctech from 1/8" thick solid aluminum and measures 12" x 2"







    I will be posting more Tool Suggestions and encourage you to share your own!

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    Very nice. So of those tools would have made all my modding easier if I new they made it. lol
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    I'm not sure if they were just out of stock at the time but I had a difficult time finding a 1" hole saw for a fillport installation. I finally ended up finding it in a door lock installation kit. So if anyone else has that problem, that's where you can find it for sure.
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    @pcjunkie, which ones? from looking at yr worklog photos, it looks like yr garage may be nicely equipped with tools (btw: I tossed in the PSU Tool samples with your order :-)

    @xeromist, I found that one at Home Depot, also try Lowes, or even Ebay

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    Well the hand punch and hole punch the high $$$ one. I have most of the other tools. But for holes I always use my scroll saw no hole saw. I might change up though. And thanks on the order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcjunkie209 View Post
    Well the hand punch and hole punch the high $$$ one. I have most of the other tools. But for holes I always use my scroll saw no hole saw. I might change up though. And thanks on the order.
    Right, and I hardly use mine anymore since more case manufacturers have made 120mm cooling fans almost standard

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMawd View Post
    Right, and I hardly use mine anymore since more case manufacturers have made 120mm cooling fans almost standard
    Ya but they must come in handy for scratch builds!?!
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    We just mill everything for scratch builds. The Knockout punch is great for adding holes to side panels or removing factory perforated grills

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    I wonder if these guys were union sheet metal workers before they started, because I have every one of those tools, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMawd View Post
    We just mill everything for scratch builds. The Knockout punch is great for adding holes to side panels or removing factory perforated grills
    I have been doing all by hand. Can't wait to get m hands on some real machinery! Soon !!
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