DIY – 6U Eurorack Flightcase – finally done

Building a Doepfer style A-100P6 flightcase from a Thomann Economy custom case.

Since I started with my Eurorack synth I wanted to build a Doepfer style flight case. But it wasn’t too easy to find the right case. Then I checked out the Thomann custom case configurator and I ordered an economy case immediately. This was eight month ago and I never had the time to finish it. The case material is around 5 mm thick, the fittings are sturdy and the economy series is perfect if you carrying it yourself. Not to be mistaken, I am not selling cases. This is just meant as an inspiration to DIY your own case.

ClicksClocks Flight Case total powered
Flight Case total powered

The internal dimensions of the case I ordered are 433 x 140 x 306 (w x d x h). Please be aware that for the configurator the depth is the height and vice versa. Unfortunately the case was delivered with a width of 439 mm, which made it impossible to mount one of my 6U 84HP frame (433 mm) directly in the case. I had to add some thin plywood (3mm) on each side. You should clarify with Thomann what their tolerances are. A customer told me, that they have tolerances, so the case might not have the exact internal dimensions you ordered. To be honest, I wonder how they build 19 inch cases, if they might be 19.something in end.

My recommendation would be, to order the case with slightly different dimensions, which would make the installation of the power supply and the frame easier and leaves a bit more space for the modules:
Width: 433 mm
Height: 160 mm
Depth: 315 mm

Depth and Height are already changed for the Thomann configurator.

Part list:
1 x Thomann economy case (433 x 160 x 315 mm)
1 x PSU
2 x Busboards, plus cable set
1 x 6U 84HP frame
1 x Mains inlet
16 x Polyamide stand-offs
16 x M3 x 18 mm screws
16 x M3 hex nuts
20 x M3 Tooth lock washers
20 x Rosette washers for M3 screws
4 or 8 x M4 x 18 mm screws (mounting the frame)
4 or 8 x M4 x 5 mm Threaded Sleeves/Sleeve nuts
4 or 8 x Rosette washers for M4 screws
7 x 4.8 mm flat connectors
4 x 6.3 mm flat connectors
2 x M3 spade connectors
1 m of each colour, black, blue and green-yellow cable (mains voltage installation)
Cable ties and tie mounts, mains cable with IEC connector
I hope that’s about it.

The complete case without modules weighs around 6.3 kg.

Of course you don’t have to use a ready made frame. You can also mount single rails to the case, just make sure to order the case in the correct width.

Fixing the PSU and the busboards is quite simple, you just have to drill the 3 mm holes for the screws and mount them as shown in the pictures. For the frame you should use sleeve nuts (see pictures below) with M4 thread, not longer then 5 mm. You might get these in you local hardware store or on the web. For all the fixings from the outside I used rosette washers, as it looks nicer and the small heads of the screws will not be pulled in the material when fixing them. Any other might to the job as well.
The trickiest part is the mains inlet, as you have to cut a quite big hole in the case. I usually mark the size of the hole and then drill small holes (3 mm) along the lines. Then I cut the parts between the holes and file the hole till the inlet fits in. To me it was important to have the mains inlet on the side, and not in the back of the case, so you can easily put it on a table.

For the busboards and PSU, I used some of my older leftover parts. For the electrical installation you should really know what you are doing or get a professional helping you. Usually the power solution you are going to buy should come with an installation manual.
Please be aware that the power supply carries mains voltage (115 or 230 V AC). According to the safety rules the installation has to be done by qualified personnel only. Please keep that in mind: Danger to Life!

I still need to figure out how to cover the front part of the PSU, but that’s about it. Not sure yet, what I am going to put in the case, probably my Doepfer vocoder system 🙂

If you have any questions, and I have enough time, I am up to help you, just send me an email.

DIY Project: 6U Eurorack Flightcase

The small DIY project for the autumn is in planning.

I wanted to do this for quite a while but never had the time. At least I ordered a custom case from Thomann as they have a configurator which helps you to order a case that fits your individual needs.
Let’s see if I find the time during the next weeks to start and also finish this project. I will keep you updated.

If you need supply for your own autumn DIY Eurorack project, you might be interested in my latest price list. Just send me an email and you will get it quckly.

Clicks and Clocks Eurorack Flightcase Teaser
DIY Project: 6U Eurorack Flightcase

Clicks and Clocks Custom 3U Frames

Individual width for the 3U or 6U frames

The frames can be taylored to your needs. The picture shows 168HP frames (860 x 133 x 30 mm) with threaded inserts and 110HP frames (568 x 133 x 30 mm) with sliding nuts. Probably I can offer the frames in black soon.
If you need parts for your own case, just contact me via email and ask for the latest price list

ClicksClocks 3U frames 168HP and 110HP
3U frames 168HP and 110HP

New Frames for Your Eurorack DIY Case

These frames make case building much easier.

It took some time, but now the side panels in 3U and 6U size where delivered. I assembled some example frames. I will sell them completely assembled in the standard width 19 inch or 84HP, but any width is possible on request. If you want to know the pricing, please contact me.

19 inch 3U Frame

This frame gives you 84HP usable width and can easily be mounted in a 19 inch case.

  • 2 Rails
  • 2 Threaded inserts/strips
  • 2 Rack ears, 3U
  • 4 screws

Fully assembled, ready to use. Other width possible, also without threaded inserts.

ClicksClocks Eurorack 19 inch 3U frame - top view
Eurorack 19 inch 3U frame – top view

3U Frame

Another 3U frame, but without rack ears. The usable width is also 84HP. The frame has an outer width of 433 mm and a height of 133 mm and can easily be screwed in your case.

  • 2 Rails, 84HP, 427 mm
  • 2 Threaded inserts/strips
  • 2 Side panels, 3U
  • 4 screws

Fully assembled, ready to use. Other width possible, also without threaded inserts.

ClicksClocks Eurorack 3U frame - total view
Eurorack 3U frame – total view

6U Frame

And finally the 6U frame. Same configuration as the 3U frame but double height (266 mm).

  • 4 Rails, 84HP, 427mm
  • 4 Threaded inserts/strips
  • 2 Side panels, 6U
  • 8 screws

Fully assembled, ready to use. Other width possible, also without threaded inserts.

ClicksClocks Eurorack 6U frame top view
Eurorack 6U frame top view

Some more detailed pictures of the Clicks and Clocks Eurorack frames:

DIY Eurorack Console Case – The Wooden Side Panels, 1st Step

Quick status update on my console case. I dived a bit into woodworking and started routing the wooden side panels

If you want to read the full story, here are all the posts:

The works on wooden side panels have started. First time ever using a proper router, amazing tool. Does exactly what I needed. I routed the shape of the panels out of 24mm multiplex wood. This was a step I had a lot of respect for, as I never handled a router before. So I started with an easy straight line and then step by step raised the bar a bit higher. There are two edges where I need to add some wood again, but some dues you have to pay when learning.
Next step will be drilling, sanding, staining the wood and then finishing with oil. I will keep you updated.

ClicksClock Eurorack console case with wooden side wings
Eurorack console case with wooden side wings

Here are some impressions from my first experiences with woodworking and some shots off the drilled bottom and rear panels.