Suggestions for rackmount floppy mounting
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Wed Aug 15 06:59:25 CDT 2007
>Subject: Re: Suggestions for rackmount floppy mounting
> From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>
> Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 12:59:35 -0700
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>On 14 Aug 2007 at 11:11, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
>> Well, if you want the cheap-and-dirty way to do it (my
>> favorite way!) you could use a piece of 1/4" plywood
>> as a faceplate, cut square holes in it the size of a
>> full height 5 1/4" drive, and scavenge some drive
>> frames from junked PC mid-tower cabinets. Screw the
>> drive frames to the back of the plywood, and paint the
>> plywood to match the cabinet. The weight of the floppy
>> drives shouldn't be enough so that it needs any more
>> support than a few rack screws drilled through the
>> edges of the plywood.
>Reminds me of the old-time custom of making rack panels out of 1/4"
>masonite. I was thinking about 1/4" polycarbonate and a router (the
>machine tool, not the network gear). I could make the side rails
>from the same, just solvent-cemented to the front.
>I'm not sure how, using the tools I have to carve big holes in a
>thick aluminum blank panel plate. Would a 3 HP router and a carbide
>bit do it? Ideally, I suppose a vertical mill would be the "right"
>tool, but I don't have access to one.
Hand held saber saw (aka jigsaw) with metal blade does fine.
I made the disk shelf for my PDP11 (RX33, RD52s, uVAX2000 powersupply,
enable/writelocks buttons from BA123). Front plate was a blank and the
shelf was another sheet of .100 Aluminum plus some supports salvaged from
various older defunct machines.
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