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DIY Chassis

8/28/1998 4:40 AM
DIY Chassis
About 4 months ago, I posted a question on finding suitable materials for a home-made chassis.  
Basically, the end result was people said to go to my local Home Depot or other hardware store to find Angle brackets and other metal in which to create a chassis.  
Well, I've been to every hardware store within a radius of 50 miles of my house (Home Depot, Lowe's, Hechinger's, "Mom and Pop" stores) and I still cannot find suitable DIY chassis material(s).  
Certain people posted URLs of people/companies that offer production-type chassis, but I've forgotted these URLs.  
Therefore, I shall repost my question:  
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get/make/find material for a DIY chassis -- or any URLs of "pre-made" chasses?  
8/28/1998 5:07 AM
D. Barber

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8/28/1998 8:29 AM
Mark Buckingham

I used a hammond aluminum chassis from mouser... It cost me around $25.00. It's pretty thin metal (040), but seems to be holding up pretty well. You can get steel also.  
(The aluminum is really easy to punch & drill)
8/28/1998 9:51 AM
Don Symes

Mojo sells some chassis with really nice descriptions. Kinda expensive, though.
8/28/1998 6:13 PM
Bill R.

I have a local sheet metal shop sell me a piece of .080 untempered aluminum cut to my specs. I drill/punch all the holes while it is still flat, and cut out the "corners" then take it back and have them bend the "edges" down to form the chassis. Total cost about $20. You could go one step further and have someone weld the corners or just use some 1" aluminum angle riveted/bolted inside the corners. Dont try to use old aluminum sign material it is tempered and will break when it is bent! (dont ask me how I know this).
8/29/1998 5:49 AM

Yeah, I already tried something like using the alumninum sign material.  
And when it breaks, you always cut your finger!  
And it doesn't Super Glue well either (don't ask me how I know this!)  
8/29/1998 10:17 AM

I have made 2 chassis so far out of aluminium.  
They both have a simple U shape and I bent and cut them myself with ordinary tools.  
Before I bend the chassis I drill all holes I need. I am pleased with the result and aluminium is very easy to use when compared to steel. As far as screening is concerned alu seems to work fine, although I haven't tried any super high-gain circuits yet.  
Even Jim Marshall made the first few JTM45 chassis out of aluminium. They were hand-bent in his garage.  
Since alu is so cheap just give it a go !  
Good luck,  
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