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Can't believe I missed this for so long! So subbed, I will read later. Dinner time! nom nom nom.

Edit:

Looking really good! I'm really liking the mix of wood and metal, any plans to paint the mobo tray? Just a couple of coats of matt black would be great against the wood, and would help match with the rad too.

Shame the maple wasn't cured, would have been a true home grown case then. Also, the Supreme LT isn't the greatest block in the world, but I suppose it is nice and cheap and you are not after amazing temps. You won't be far off them though, the rest of the loop is pretty decent.

I built a house with my dad too, and there was a lot of it in there (see attached)! Loved almost every minute of it, there is something nice and almost calming about working with wood. Also, Dewalt tools are (mostly) amazing, we had quite a few of those too.

Oh, and yes, that's me. And yes, it was cold.
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Interesting siding, and I'm glad at least one other person knows to put up fascia before plywood on the roof biggrin.gif I love post and beam, even if it's all beam and no post and more decorative than structural (like our house is, bolted together with another roof on top for insulation).

Since we're showing off unrelated projects, this was my best/most interesting, a copy of Monet's bridge at Giverny that I did a few years ago for one of my dad's colleagues whose wife had just died of cancer... this was her favorite painting. These pictures are from right after I installed it, he painted it and landscaped the area to match the original. 6 weeks of this project was making the curved beams and railings (the beams, lower, and upper railings all have a different radius, and each vertical intersects them at different angles), everything else including building the foundation and installation was less than 1 week biggrin.gif

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Now I remember why I miss working with wood. Metal can be easier to "mold" but wood is much more appealing to the eyes.
post #84 of 120
You guys make me want to make a wood pc now if I wasn't next to clueless about working with wood.
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Can I suggest getting a new motherboard tray and HD mounting bay from caselabs, it's a shame if the wood work is great and then it's let down by reusing some crappy old steel
     
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just read through the thread, amazing build log. cant wait to see the finished project
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Can I suggest getting a new motherboard tray and HD mounting bay from caselabs, it's a shame if the wood work is great and then it's let down by reusing some crappy old steel

It's pretty much too late to change anything like that or I'd look into the caselabs stuff; all the steel is going to be sanded and painted flat black to match the radiator, PSU, DVD, etc., I think it will look nice. Besides, it's all pretty well hidden biggrin.gif
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June 8 - Sides Part 3


I finally decided what to do for the right side vent, and how to do it... I came back to the original design of diagonal lines.


Picking up where I left off a few days ago, the side panels were too thick to slide easily into their slots. I planed the back of these panels down around the edges to taper them off using an electric hand planer:

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There are two 'steps', each of which is 1/32nd of an inch, giving a total of 1/16th.

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I then sanded this all smooth, removing probably another 1/32 at the edges... They now slide easily into place, and the taper and decrease in thickness aren't noticeable.

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Cut to length, and yay, it looks like a computer!

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Our router doesn't have a fence option, so I had to build one:

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This is why we do test pieces. I definitely got better at it, but even the last few have a slight angle at the end... I never entirely fixed this problem, and it's visible in the final piece if you're looking for it.

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Here's the side panel marked up. You might have noticed earlier when I was cutting the radiator opening that I draw ALL OVER EVERYTHING. In this one, you can see each of the lines I'm cutting, the start and stop points of both the center of the bit and the edge for each cut, as well as the lines I should clamp the fence along. This helps me avoid mistakes, since I have everything completely laid out before I start cutting.

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First few lines...

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This takes forever, makes me incredibly nervous, and it was 85 degrees. I think I took a break every 3 or 4 lines. The finished, rough-cut piece:

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And here it is, cleaned up and assembled in all its glory. Pretty happy with the result. Any of the other patterns I looked into would have been a mistake.

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Remember that time when I was cutting on the table saw too far from the fence and the blade grabbed my piece and spun it? The back panel remembers. I cut a tiny piece to fill the space on the band saw:

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And glued it in place.

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Tomorrow I have some wood filling to do, then sanding and sealing. I'll probably also start tracking down fasteners, and painting the metal parts. After that, staining and assembly!
post #89 of 120
nice job! will you be staining the wood?
edit - doh.gif should have read the whole post! with what stain will you be staining the wood?
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the only people that will notice are carpenters, i think it was your jig flexing

it looks good to me either way
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