Assembling all the nuts bolts and hinges for the first time. Just keeping notes here on my Macbook
1. Drill holes can get ugly with this verneer wood from ponoko. If possible, have holes laser cut. If you do have to drill, drill into the surface that will be visible (i.e. the outer surface)…the wood on the inside will be splintered.
2. Hinge can’t open all the way because the screw heads bump against eachother
3. Need tiny nuts (or a taller lid) for the nut to fit on the bolt for the lid hinge. Otherwise there’s no room for the nuts. Glued in the bolts for now, not a great solution :\
4. Need 1/2″ bolts for the lid. 3/8″ is too short and 1″ is too long.
5. I’m able to mount the heatsink/fan. However, the challenges are that the height of this assembly needs to be somewhat exact, and very stable. Stability is doable if the size of the nuts lines up with expectations for the height. Otherwise you’ll need to find standoffs or just let the heat sink hang from the lid.
6. I’ve mounted the aluminum block. If the heat sink can be mounted securely, then insulation can be used to hold the heat sink in place, at least in the short term. We’ll have to test this out and see if it holds long term. IN the meantime, the search for brackets continues.