I could hold an open flame to the ends of the pipes and get some real black suet, though that may be risky with the outside finish.
Not sure if I want to slant these, only because of how short they already are.
If they were a couple inches longer, slanted would be ideal, I just feel slanting them would leave them "looking" too short. But I will put more thought into that idea, as it was an idea I had with the orginal piping that has not shown up at my doorstep yet, that was 18" long and had to be cut anyways.
A small update for today, much to small for my liking.
I drove over to Lowes to pick up 2 more of those pipes, got back home and began working.
I got the first side panel cut out like I needed it
these cuts didnt have to be perfect cause both side panels will be covered up by the brushed aluminum, but the cuts on that aluminum will need to be perfect, thankfully that aluminum is really thin.
Then I started cutting out my 1 1/2" holes for the pipes, and this is where I ran into trouble.
I didnt have a metal cutting hole saw, my so called "all purpose" hole saw bits were doing just fine for me up until today, it cut through my antec case just fine, the decent depth diamond plate, but this case ate it up, so I tried a 2nd bit, it ate it up again...
Boy this steel is hard as nails, so I drove on back to Lowes and bought a proper bit, well almost I guess. I got a bi-metal bit that was suppose to be good enough to cut steel.
So when I got back home, I was able to finish the first hole in seconds, I got the 2nd hole no problems. It was time for the next panel. No go...this bit was toast after attempting the first hole.
So by this time it was too late to make a 3rd trip to Lowes (the closest HW store open today)
But I do have pics of how the pipes fit in my one finished panel (finished as far as cutting and drilling goes)
I ship out for another 2 weeks tonight, so I cant update until I get back and get some more work to do, by then, everything should have came, including:
*Top Panel Laser Engraved CM/HD Logo Clear Acrylic
*2'x4' Brushed Aluminum sheet
*120mm matching COUGAR fan
*extra acrylic (amber and clear) pieces
*orange thumb screws (case screws)
*Amber LED Lazer Light (to shine down the seem of the top panel glass to light up the logo)
*everything else I may have forgotten about
Things left to do:
*2nd side panel, cut out both pipe holes and "window" slot
*cut the brushed aluminum to size for both sides and the top panel
*give the sides and top panel its finish (whether it be painting, or leaving it be, I am undecided)
*finish mounting all panels (no drill holes have been drilled yet)
*test out those fans with the nut covers on them, see if they will be ok, fix what needs fixing
*everything else I had forgotten about
****put a machine inside of it
Enjoy for now, see you next time!