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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    I completed the new custom SATA power cables and I added a strip of dampening foam to both the disk brackets, which greatly reduced disk noise. The system is now quieter than the old case. Success! Theres more to do in the cable management area, but the project is coming to a close. EDIT...
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    I will have to make new custom SATA power cables to feed 18+8 disks. Currently waiting for the connectors ordered from cable-sleeving.com to arrive. A preliminary acoustic test showed that I will have to install some of the dampening pad on the disk holder brackets. Without, the spinning noise...
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    And now with the lower half: I ended up having to attach the fan grills externally as they had a tendency of touching the fan blades. Not quite as pretty, but nice enough.
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    Time for an update: I had no luck with the different solder. As all the welding shops I called afterwards told me, welding large, thin aluminium sheets is tricky. I ended up having a shop weld it for me. The result is alright. Here I attached the PCI slot bracket and mobo mounting pins...
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    So as it turns out it is quite difficult to heat up a large chunk of aluminium as it is a good conductor and the case offers plenty of dissipation area. With my equipment I was unable to get the proper temperatures for the 550C brazing solder. The 400C kind of worked after lots of heating, but...
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    After filing some rough spots, sanding the visible surfaces and drilling counter sinks I could assemble the case parts for the first time. It all fits pretty well so far. Most of the sheets of the upper part of the case will have to be joined via brazing (all except the front), as...
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    The laser cut parts arrived. I'll be doing some filing and sanding.
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    I got both brazing and soldering filler material. The tensile strength difference isn't large (325N/mm2 vs 270N/mm2), so if brazing at 550C melting point doesn't work with the equipment I have, I'll do soldering at 400C.
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    [Scratch Build] IKEA Expedit/Kallax compatible NAS server case 2.0

    Hi guys, I'm back with another scratch build project. This time it is to replace my first scratch build, the IKEA Expedit compatible server wood case. Working with laser cut aluminium sheets on my Hexplo desktop case, I gained enough new knowledge and ideas to try to improve the original server...
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

    Finally I completed the loop: I'm not too happy about the power cables, might look into sleeved cables. And a shot showing the back cover: Apart from the upcoming GPU upgrade and some smaller things the project is mostly complete and I'm transitioning from my trusty old Ivy Bridge to this...
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

    I keep forgetting to take pictures, sorry about that. Anyway, as you can see I'm in the final stages of installing the system components. The graphics card is a placeholder until I can install my current watercooled 1070GTX, just waiting for some ordered EK fittings to arrive. That card is also...
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

    Now experimenting with the content:
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

    Thx! The Ikea case is still in use, with occasional disk upgrades (currently 6x10TB data disk + 2x1TB metadata/small block SSD). But I am in fact starting to think about making a new NAS case with the same basic layout, but in metal (alu). A rack would be nice, but is just not feasible atm.
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

    As you can see the project finally moved forward. A lot of work went into refining the details of the design, then transferring everything (manually) from SketchUp to LibreCAD as I needed everything as DXF files and the DXF exporter plugin for SketchUp is not really up to the task, especially...
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    Project Hexplo [Scratch Build]

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