In the next pages the capacitor arrays will be assembled and mounted on two birch plywood panels(each 9” x 15”). Since 2 panels have 4 sides, 3 of the sides are reserved for capacitors. I used“cabletie mount bases” (Home Depot) to secure the capacitors to the panels. For single capacitors I usedthe adhesive back to secure the mount base but where larger capacitors were involved, I used #6 x3/8” Phillips screws to secure the mounting bases to the panels. An easier way to mount thecapacitors is to drill holes through the panel and use cable ties. If you use a metal mounting panelyou will need to use rubber sheeting to keep the metal capacitors from contacting the metal. GeneDillman found considerable stray current in his metal cabinet but solved the problem by insulating themetal capacitors.
This is the 30 µf capacitor. The darkstrip of wood on the left edge of thepanel is a cap of cherry that hidesthe edge of the plywood when thisplywood was used as a shelf long ago.These are two of the cable tiemounting bases. They have slotsfor the cable ties to pass thro
ughand up around the capacitors. Theties are 7 inch ties and are justlong enough for all the capacitorsused in a DCM.The mount bases have an adhesivebacking but when mounting thelarger capacitors there is some pryingaction when you tighten the cable tieand the adhesive releases. Thisprying occurs because two bases areused for the large capacitors so theycan cradle in the gap between thetwo mounts.