All done

I should have posted this earlier, but I thought I would save this for after my exams. Now that all my exams are finished, I will give a quick update on the general progress of my projects. The power supply box will likely be on hold until I get back after the summer. It is…

Taking a short break

Five finals done, yet another two more to go. All this studying has been draining and sometimes I just want to take a break for a minute (or an hour). The problem is, “how do I take a productive break?”. The internet offers many forms of relaxation, but in reality, it acts as a time…

Too flashy?

The front panel has been coated countless times, sanded, and coated countless times again. The final product is as good as it’s going to get. However, I found the paint to be a little too shiny/silvery. That’s the initial impression though, I think it will look less flashy once the hardware has been installed. I…

Handle mounted

I have been studying non-stop all day and it was draining me. I took a break and picked up the painted handle parts from the basement and went to work. It took me a lot longer than I would have expected to mount them. First I forgot about the lower metal plates, then I had…

Paint job is done

I put the last coat of silver on the front panel today, so I should be able to assemble the thing next Friday. The silver paint did not cover the panel in a thick coat as I had hoped, so I might put a few more coat on it if I have time. The handle…

So beautiful… I cried

Okay, maybe not that far. Damn close though. I spend the better part of the day working on the front panel. I had a dremel with a few attachments, a small file, and 100% pure elbow grease. The sanding wheel burnt the MDF panel and gave it a laser cut look, and I think it…

Finally got a handle on things

I went out for a stroll today and picked up some parts for the power supply. I went to a computer shop and got a nice little 120mm cooling fan. It has RPM output and is temperature controlled with a TTC-123 thermistor, all for 2 bucks! What a steal. Originally I was going to use…

Blue blue blue

So the navy blue aspect of painting is done! I think so anyways, I did about three coats so far, and it gave it a powder-coat painted kind of look (very nice). I did sand the paint blotches and repaint it, though I am not sure it was the best idea. The sanding marks are…

Easier said than done

I put the first coat of navy blue on the box, and it looks good. There was a bit of over spray on the back that I might have to sand off, but I will decide that later. I started to work on the handle. The strap idea was good, but the sewing just made…

Some pictures of progress

I went and picked up some spray paint for the project. I went with a oil-based rust paint in navy blue and aluminium silver. I think that will be a good combo (matches the grey straps) with the box blue and the front panel silver. I got around to taking a few pictures of the…

Just another weekly update

So I made the front panel today (the basic outline of it without holes for the posts/buttons/fan/display). The order for all the needed hardware and electronics was placed (all except the variable voltage regulator, which I have back at home). I will worry about the variable voltage output later I guess. The MDF is easy…

Looks like power supply is a go!

I took a look at what I thought would be a good enclosure for the power supply, but it is a bit too small (I suppose that it is possible to fit everything in there, but it will probably require more soldering and tricky wiring). Instead, I grabbed a Transducer Amplifier that was scrapped by…