I had made the "Rescue PC" to make it easier to travel to other peoples homes but this time I wanted something for my house.
This test bench would serve me two purposes.
One it would allow me to check mine and friends hardware at my home with ease.
Two it would also allow me to test review hardware we get.
Yes I could have bought a test bench that has everything out in the open air, but why?
I wanted something that would simulate a PC case, but be easy to access when needed. So this is what I came up .....
I wanted it to be as lite as possible so I decided to use 1/2 inch angled Aluminium.
The corners needed to be smooth and with no sharp edges.
I do not have a welder that can do Aluminium so I will have to bend it.
I figured out where I wanted the bends, marked two 45 degree angles, and cut it with a jig saw.
The Aluminium needed to be notched in a few more places to make the frame shaped
the way I wanted.
Slowly bending the metal together I was able achieve the corners I wanted.
If you bend it too much and to hard you can crack the aluminium.
Here is the first piece done. It is the top main frame for the Test Bench.
A second piece was made, but it was just two simple corners and it would be the base which the hardware would rest on.
Sorry I must have lost the pics for this piece.
Not wanting to ruin the smooth corners buy sticking the uprights on the outside of the second frame piece.
I decided to notch the inside of the frame and slide the legs thru them.
This would keep the look and help strengthen the frame.
Using a dremel I was able to cut out the grooves to allow the struts to pass through.
Its now time to start to assemble the frame. I liked the notch idea so much that I took the horizontal piece of the frame,
notched and drilled holes for the Stainless Steel nuts and bolts.
After installing all the nuts and bolts you could see that they were to long so out comes the Dremel to cut them to the correct size.
This is what it looks like up to this point in the build. The basic frame is done and is super lite.
You will see that during this build that some of my ideas changed.
What sounded great at the time just did not seem to be right.
I am not going to edit out the "mistakes" as this is a real build
and it will help show the thought process, or the lack of...lol